Re the Oct. 8 article, “WLRN, Dade school district move toward station deal": I am among those who find it shocking that WLRN is dancing like a trained bear to every order it gets from the Miami-Dade School District, while bragging about its editorial independence and integrity.
Was it independence and integrity that inspired WLRN to shut down its news operation on the eve of Hurricane Irma’s arrival to broadcast every minute of a school board meeting which probably should have been canceled?
Forget evacuation orders. The decision is equally baffling as the the one by WLRN to limit its coverage of Haitian affairs to School Board News in Creole.
As for the prospects of change after an advisory board was formed, give me a break. That board was created as a diversion. After it makes its recommendation and Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has done exactly what he wants to do, everyone will forget about this issue. WLRN will continue dancing while bragging about its independence and integrity.
No one will notice that African Americans are getting a really rotten deal from the school district and that the teachers union is being allowed to redefine the role and track record of charter schools, to name just two issues that deserve attention.
When I was a rookie reporter decades ago in Raleigh, North Carolina, I innocently accepted a lunch invitation from a really nice guy at Duke Power Company. When my boss heard about the lunch appointment, I almost lost my job. I never forgot that lesson. And it’s one every journalist should learn, including those at WLRN, who have a responsibility to cover the district in an independent manner.
To do that, the district and WLRN must completely separate. I hope it’s soon, because I’m a would-be passionate supporter of WLRN and its contribution to this community.
Don Causey, Coral Gables