You may have seen the Austin Chronicle's most recent coverage of Austin's animal-services department. As we have said here and elsewhere, the Chronicle has officially abandoned any pretense of being a government watchdog in favor of the pound-cheerleader mantle.
Thursday, April 02, 2009
The reporter on the "animal" beat, Patty Ruland, has repeatedly attacked those who ask for more for Austin's lost and homeless pets. In this latest series of articles, she has displayed her disdain for balanced reporting. She obviously spent a great deal of time with those who defend the shelter at all costs (TLAC Director Dorinda Pulliam, TLAC Promoter Karen Medicus, and Pulliam's Supervisor David Lurie). Know how much time she spent with those who advocate for less killing at TLAC? None.
Ms. Ruland did, however, send us one e-mail, which we answered. She did not follow-up, nor did she call us. Nor did she even bother to mention that we expressed great appreciation for the lower level of killing in Austin this year.
But you can decide for yourself. Below is the e-mail we sent Ms. Ruland. See for yourself how much she decided to consider for her story: