Could the beginning of a tidal wave of responsible journalism, in the Willingham case, actually begin with an op/ed writer,  Rodger Jones, from the Dallas Morning News?


Read This:



Smowballs in hell. But it’s nice to dream. (Note, there have been several smaller media groups or individual reporters that have been responsible.)


Note to Mr. Jones:


Not only do you need to read “both the Beyler report and the Corsicana fire chief’s tough rebuttal“, as you rightly suggested, you must also read the trial transcripts and the police reports and the Texas Fire Marshal’s report, when released.


When you look at the Corsicana Fire Dept.’s deconstruction of the Beyler Report, it makes you wonder how anyone could find the Beyler report credible, BEFORE seeing the rebuttal, much less, after. But, it’s only fair to wait for a Beyler rebuttal, to it.


I think there is the real possibility that Beyler will, rather quickly, withdraw any further involvement and cooperation with the Texas Forensic Fire Commission. His NPR interview seems to foreshadow that. If such occurs, I predict that it would be under the guise of protest, but the real reason would, likely, be the professional spanking he would receive if he maintained his involvement.


I believe the Beyler Report is that bad. But, only time and more thorough investigations will tell.


The best outcome would be for Beyler to attempt being professional, to shut up, participate fully with the Commission, inclusive of his formal rebuttals, accusations and condemnations, as the case may be, and, then, when his participation with the Commission is formally ended, to blast away, if he feels the need and obligation to do so.


Beyler needs to stop his temper tantrums, for now. Idioticially, Beyler has demanded that Gov. Perry remove the 4 new appointees and re appoint those 4 removed.


It should make everyone question his sincerity, intelligence and character, to wit, he knows it will never happen, it is just silly grandstanding, if he believe it will occur, he’s an idiot and/or it is a blatantly dishonest ploy to set the stage for his resignation, respectively.


I think Perry should shut up, too. He would, I suspect, if the media would follow Mr. Jones’ lead and do what Journalism 101 tells them to do. OK, most pigs don’t fly.


Could this case get any more nasty or convoluted? Now ask, could it have been this bad, behind the scenes, prior to Perry replacing the four commission members?


Just another unknown.


Dudley Sharp
e-mail,  713-622-5491,
Houston, Texas
Mr. Sharp has appeared on ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, FOX, NBC, NPR, PBS , VOA and many other TV and radio networks, on such programs as Nightline, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, The O’Reilly Factor, etc., has been quoted in newspapers throughout the world and is a published author.
A former opponent of capital punishment, he has written and granted interviews about, testified on and debated the subject of the death penalty, extensively and internationally.

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