Reporting not objective

I would like to voice my opinion regarding a story that appeared in the Feb. 21 News-Herald titled, “County BOE meeting lawsuit nears decision,” and another related story from Sept. 6, 2017, titled, “BOE meeting in question.”

Both stories involved other parties, yet just one side, the Loudon County Board of Education, was reported. That is not fair or objective reporting.

Why didn’t the newspaper fact check instead of only quoting BOE officials’ soundbites and not reporting any other side?

Gary Ubben is quoted Feb. 21 that “... what involved was kind of accidental. ... Nobody was making any effort to try to conceal something.” Really?

Why didn’t the newspaper obtain Director of Schools Jason Vance’s texts when he polled all BOE members for the express purpose of setting up a meeting days prior to the Aug. 31 meeting?

On Aug. 30, I met with Gary Ubben after he requested a meeting to discuss records policy 1.407. During the lengthy meeting Ubben never mentioned that he planned to meet with other BOE members to discuss the very same policy the very next day Aug. 31.

What about Vance’s comments about legal costs during his tenure? Where are the facts?

How did Bobby Johnson Jr. formulate his response given his poor attendance record at workshop and board meetings, opting instead to attend athletic activities?

An advertised BOE public meeting notice, required by the Tennessee Open Meetings Act, could have avoided costly legal fees. Subsequently, at the Feb. 8 BOE meeting, Vance disclosed “fault” and “oversight” but this was not reported. Why not?

Public confidence for objective reporting is at an all-time low. In a climate of what is real news, facts, alternative facts and “fake news,” readers must sort out fact from fiction.

Pat Hunter

Lenoir City