Leading Off (4/23/13)

Bush Center Opening Will Possibly Maybe Lead to Attacks Someplace. This WFAA Channel 8 story from Teresa Woodard about the security measures being taken for the Bush Center opening on Thursday is an embarrassment. You know how far apart I placed the subject and the verb in that previous sentence? That’s how far from accepted journalistic standards Woodard traveled to tell us about security dangers during the big day. E.g.: “[S]ecurity expert ‘Avi’ — who asks that his last name not be used — says the campus will likely be as safe as it possibly could be. It’s the rest of Dallas he worries about. ‘Police will be here. Federal agents will be here. But I want to know who will be watching the DART station? Who will be watching Baylor Hospital? That’s the target,’ he said.” Wait. Why the quotes around “Avi”? Is that not even his real first name? But by all means, quote some half-identified dude as he suggests potential targets for terrorists. Maybe I’m being too harsh. Woodard does, after all, offer this nugget about Avi’s bona fides: “He personally was an officer of the Israeli Intelligence Services and a former government special agent.” Hang on. You’re saying he was personally an officer? Not just an officer by proxy? That makes me feel better — until I google “Israeli Intelligence Services” and realize there is no such upper-case thing as “Israeli Intelligence Services.” Follow-up question for Woodard: what exactly is a “former government special agent”? Follow-up to that follow-up: does the website for Avi that you pointed us to not make you wonder whether a guy who still operates with GeoCities technology is a credible first-name-only source? Teresa Woodard, I talked to a guy named “Blake.” He personally says you’re not good at your job.

Middle-School Teacher Arrested for Having Sex With Student. It allegedly happened at DISD’s Marsh. He was 26, and she was 14.

70 People Get Organs From Fallen Plano Firefighter. Inspiration to get that box checked on your driver’s license.

14 comments on “Leading Off (4/23/13)

  1. “Avi” doesn’f want his last name used, but anyone can find it easily on his website. Odd.

  2. How does Avi Niv know what the target is? And why is WFAA using an anonymous source that really is not anonymous to make a point that anyone with half a brain could make?

  3. Organ donation is amazing. My father donated his organs when he passed away a few years ago. Each year we receive thank you cards from the families of the people who received his liver, kidneys and corneas. Organ donation is the real gift that keeps on giving.

  4. At least Lower Greenville will be safe from scofflaw parkers. “None shall park,” sayeth Avi.

  5. 2) “I know it wasn’t rape-rape. I think it was something else, but I don’t believe it was rape-rape.” — Whoopi Goldberg on Roman Polanski’s rape of a 13 year-old girl. Whoopi has her own View on this but she is not a Republican, a Senate candidate or a middle-school teacher.

  6. As a viewer I don’t care about how tight the security will be at the library. They’re going to have 5 presidents there. It’s a given that it will be very very tight security. We’re not idiots. We know that.

    I care about two things:
    1. How will this security impact me if I have to travel anywhere around there in the next few days? (answer: a lot – be ready to go a different way)
    2. What will we see in the library when it’s open to the public? That’s the cool stuff we’ve heard about a bit for years now. Next week we’ll be able to buy a ticket, walk in and see it up close and personal. Very very cool. Show me that and talk about that and you got yourself an interested viewer.

  7. Congratulations on 11 comments. What’s happening to the declining traffic and decreasing on Frontburner?