Monday, February 20, 2006

Media: Junker Story Pursued

Well, this week I will try knocking on the door of the PiPress’s education reporter again, and hope that she will answer this time. (Why won’t anyone talk to me? Maybe it’s all these columns about the Cheney shooting I’ve been doing; maybe they’re all big Cheney fans, maybe they don’t like my file photo, I don’t know. Anyway:)

Dear Ms. Boldt:

More than a week ago I sent a request for assistance to you and your editor at the Pioneer Press; I was seeking your help in finding answers to questions I had about the current mental health of one of our school board officials. Since I haven’t received any correspondence from you since then, I must assume that you and your editor are not interested in assisting me.

But I also emailed some questions to you and to your editor, Mr. Jack Sullivan, who seemed to be fielding questions from the public on your behalf. These questions were for you, personally, and could be answered from your store of personal knowledge and experience.

I haven’t received any kind of reply from Mr. Sullivan or from you, and the answers to these questions are very important to local voters here in the district. So this week I will re-send my questions for you, directly to you, and hope that you will answer. Note that that a new question has been added:

1) During the time that you have been responsible for covering our local school board, have you ever attended any of our local school board meetings (District 834)? If so, have you ever noticed Mr. Junker appearing distracted or confused during those meetings, as if he didn't understand what was going on at the moment?

2) On the basis of your experience in covering the school board, and your conversations with various school board members and area residents—have you ever formed any opinion of your own regarding Choc Junker's ability to understand and concentrate on the issues the before the board?

3) Does the Pioneer Press have some kind of ombudsman who answers questions from readers about the quality of the reporting in the paper? Currently I only receive the Sunday edition of the paper, and I don’t read every single page.

As I stated in my previous email: the reason that I am asking the PiPress' assistance with this matter is that 1) I have already asked several local elected officials about Mr. Junker's health (including David Junker) and they have refused to comment on the issue and 2) local newspapers have refused to let me use their letters to the editor page to inquire about this issue publicly.

Regards,

William J. Prendergast
Stillwater Tribune

7 Comments:

At 2:03 PM, Blogger Prendergast said...

This time I got an immediate reply from PiPress Education Reporter Megan Boldt! Here it is:

"From: "Boldt, Megan"
To: "W Prendergast"
Subject: Out of Office AutoReply: Please answer these questions Ms. Boldt
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2006 13:29:54 -0600

I am currently out of the office until Monday, Feb. 27. If you have any urgent matters or breaking news, you can contact Jack Sullivan at 651-phone number or (his email.)

If you have any items that need to get in the education notes section that runs every Tuesday, please send them to Nick Ferraro at (his email.)

Thanks."

How about that. Ms. Boldt can leave her desk for seven days in a row? Wow, this is really going to slow up this investigation I'm doing here.

 
At 7:24 PM, Anonymous Chris said...

I don't think the Pioneer Press has an ombudsman, but the Star Tribune does.

Try taking your problem to the Minneapolis paper.

If that doesn't work: City Pages.

 
At 7:25 PM, Anonymous Chris said...

Bill,

Bachmann's at it again.

When are you going to write about her again?

http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/13915104.htm

Chris

 
At 11:30 PM, Blogger Prendergast said...

Hey, Chris:

I pasted in that link that you sent me re: Bachmann and I didn't see any reference to her--it's a Grand Forks paper and the lead stories are about a teen killed in a rollover accident and an Eagle scout getting an award from the guy who is prosecuting Dru Sjodin's alleged kidnapper.
What is the La Bach story you are alerting us to?

 
At 11:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try the Grand Forks link again....it worked for me. Bachman has a quote toward the bottom of the article.
http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/13915104.htm

 
At 12:14 PM, Blogger Prendergast said...

Okay, I got the link to work. Thanks, anonymous.

 
At 1:21 PM, Anonymous Chris said...

Great post on Dump Bachmann...

Tax litigation attorney?

 

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