Coverage of Low-Income Schools

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by Web Producer

wfaa.com

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Q: I am one of your dedicated viewers and have watched WFAA news for decades. The past few years I've seen a trend that is extremely bothersome to me. There are always comments and/or news stories that one may not like, however Brett Shipp’s coverage and negative focus on low-income area schools and African American officials is just too much. I think you have great news programming, but I think you need to review Mr. Shipp’s stories. At times, especially with John Wiley Price, it seems more of a personal hatred than a valid news story. 

A: Thank you for your thoughtful email, and the kind words about News 8. To suggest that Brett Shipp has disproportionally focused on one school system over another would not be accurate as evidenced by investigations surrounding the Southlake Carroll (http://www.wfaa.com/news/investigates/Southlake-Carroll-scrambles-to-answer-quarterback-eligibility-questions-101394059.html) and the Euless Trinity football programs (http://www.wfaa.com/news/investigates/Southlake-Trinity-coaches-caught-on-tape-101924458.html). Shipp has also covered Dallas County Commissioner’s Court for many years. As a public official elected to office, and one named the target of an FBI corruption investigation last summer, Mr. Price has certainly been under the microscope. It is Shipp’s job to stay on top of such news. If you could provide specific examples of such issues as you perceive them, that would be instructive.

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