Q: I have been subscribing to the DMN for over 30 years and watching WFAA for 40 years. Why are you investing so much time on possible DISD student grade investigation? I can see 2 minutes a show but this is overkill and minutia vs. critical state issues. What about speeding time on how we can invest in students' graduation rates increase? What a waste of resources. Spend time on the state investing in public education or water resources. Use the media to change, not tear down a single kid. This bores your viewers and shows you have some kind of vendetta for DISD, I attended private schools and see this in your coverage and am looking for viewing alternatives now. Tired of this wasted resource, investigating a possible grade fraud.
A: Thank you for your thoughtful email, Mr. Villasana, and for being such a lone time viewer. In all fairness, those are not the only stories we covered as evidenced by last night's newscast, which included WFAA reporter Jobin Panicker's story on Erick Munoz, his wife, Marlise the family's recent medical ordeal-turned-court ruling, among other stories
When it comes to WFAA reporter Brett Shipp's investigations, they have touched on many, many areas, not just the one you mentioned. His 'Fake Drugs, Real Lives' stories, as you may recall, involved Dallas police using chopped up wallboard passing for cocaine to entrap and jail innocent victims. Shipp's reports caused the suspension of two local police officers, significant changes in police procedures and the dismissal of drug cases against dozens of innocent people.
His stories on 'The Buried and the Dead' in 2009 is another interesting case in point. Shipp's investigative reports resulted in gas companies being ordered to remove faulty couplings in order to prevent more explosions at a cost of tens of millions of dollars.
And there's more: Shipp's investigation of workmen's compensation insurance and the Texas Workmen's Compensation Commission uncovered the systematic denial of basic medical benefits for injured workers to bolster the profits of insurance companies. Shipp and his cohorts exposed faulty peer reviews, failure to reimburse doctors, a suspicious grant to state regulators, and widespread denial of claims by injured workers even after treatment was authorized.
There are many more, however I hope this makes the point that Shipp, and frankly all of WFAA's reporters are focused on stories that impact our community.
That said, with the massive amount of tax dollars that goes into public education, we should all be focused on allegations of corruption and potential wrongdoings. Also, as you know, SMU has an unfortunate history of corruption. The school's football program received an unprecedented NCAA death penalty in the 80s due to a pay-for-play scandal.
I am not sure we will see eye-to-eye on all of this, however your thoughtful email deserves an equally thoughtful response. I hope I have given you more information with that in mind.
Thank you again for the email, and for being a long time viewer.