But with the hope that somehow, someone, somewhere—maybe an editor—will pay attention and insist his reporters, no matter their personal bias, adhere to their own established rules of journalism, I soldier on with my comment about the ludicrous story written by Mexico City native and Chicagoâ€™s ABC 7 Weekend General Assignment reporter, Michelle Gallardo.
Gallardoâ€™s story, â€?Police Bust Large Pot Growing Operation,â€? stated that â€?two menâ€? were arrested on charges of growing 20,000 marijuana plants with a street value of $4 million. The â€?menâ€™sâ€? names are Bernardo Rangel and Jose Verra.
A Chicago reader who has been following the Rangel and Verra story informs me that they are illegal aliens.
A close look at Gallardoâ€™s biography tells a lot. In addition to being a native of Mexico, Gallardo formerly worked for Univision, CNN Espanol and hosted the community affairs program Primera Plana.
None of that excuses Gallardo`s reportorial oversights. Rangel and Verra are illegal aliens. Thatâ€™s an integral part of the story. And, by the way, it makes the story more interesting than simply referring to them as â€?men.â€?
â€?Undocumentedâ€? is pass?© nowâ€¦too revealing. â€?Manâ€? is the word of choice. For more insights into recent journalistic failures, read James Fulfordâ€™s blog here.