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July 27, 2005

Cover-Up? Or Lousy Coverage?

This little story comes out of my hometown outside of Houston. It appeared in the local "throw-away" paper that turns up on the lawn each Wednesday.

Seabrook City Councilman Paul Richard Sammons, 36, was arrested at his home on La Rochelle early Saturday morning in an incident involving a gun.

When police arrived at the scene in response to a call about a man with a gun, they arrested Sammons and charged him with deadly conduct, a Class A misdemeanor, according to Lt. Sean Wright.

He was taken to the City of Seabrook Jail and booked, after which the case was forwarded to the Harris County district attorney's office, Wright said.

So I checked out the local media.

Channel 11 covered it.

Seabrook police arrested a member of the city council over the weekend.

Councilmember Paul Richard Sammons was arrested and charged with deadly conduct.

The police department says officers found him with a gun, but the specifics about what happened have yet to be released.

An arraignment is scheduled for Friday on the deadly conduct charge.

Sammons is serving his second consecutive term on the Seabrook City Council.

And that's it -- none of the other local media, including the Houston Chronicle (our "paper of record" here in Harris County), covered the story at all.

Let's see. Local elected oficial arrested on a weapons charge. Cops are keeping mum. Press is virtually silent. Is it a cover-up? Or just piss-poor coverage?





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Houston's media? That would be piss-poor coverage.

|| Posted by Anne, July 28, 2005 06:04 AM ||

The article didn't appear in the Houston Cage Liner? They never miss an opportunity to bash politicians...unless said politician is a Democrat.

Also, a search in Google News only came up with one story with all of two paragraphs.

|| Posted by Vic, July 28, 2005 09:28 AM ||

On the other end of the media coverage spectrum is the story of Arthur Teele in Miami. I just blogged on it at length; suffice it to say, coverage of Mr. Teele was far more extensive.

Would appreciate your thoughts on this issue. Where is the middle ground here?

|| Posted by MrSpkr, July 28, 2005 12:55 PM ||
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