The SA Express News Defends Sculley and Ignores Her Attempts to Silence Critics

The First Amendment allows us to analyze and criticize elected leaders and bureaucrats, especially those receiving an annual salary of almost $500,000 and who seem to be aloof and unaccountable to the citizens and voters.

The SA Express News Defends Sculley and Ignores Her Attempts to Silence Critics

Commentary by George Rodriguez, El Conservador

It says a lot when the liberal/leftist San Antonio Express-News (SAEN) defends a high paid bureaucrat, but it is really telling when the SAEN ignores a bigger story about a that bureaucrat’s attempts to influence or even silence the criticism.

On Friday, January 26, Brian Chasnoff of the SAEN wrote an opinion piece about KTSA’s Sean Rima and his criticism of SA city manager Sheryl Sculley’s high salary and bonus. Chasnoff called Rima, KTSA, and listeners “trolls” that should be ignored.

Why? Apparently, SA city officials called the news-talk station KTSA-AM and complained about Rima’s show in which he mocked Sculley’s $425,000 salary and $75,000 bonus. Chasnoff says they should have ignored Rima and friends because they are “sexists”.

But Chasnoff and the SAEN, who have long been assumed to be the voice of the SA/Bexar Establishment, ignored the real story. Can you say government censorship or at least, attempted government censorship?

On Thursday, January 25, Jeff Coyle, the SA city’s director of public affairs, called the news-talk station to complain about Rima’s initial critical segment of city manager Sculley. Can you imagine…the nerve of free people to criticize a public servant/city manager?

Coyle called the station’s news director to express his outrage. He told Chasnoff, “We listened to the broadcast. He calls her (Sculley) a ‘high-maintenance broad.”

Chasnoff was also upset that Rima referenced Sculley’s salary, and described her as, “that chick Tina Turner played in ‘Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.” How dare Rima, or anyone, mock the half-million-dollar bureaucrat queen.

Surprisingly, Chasnoff himself knows about Sculley’s vengeful reactions. He writes about her anger at a joke Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff (an Establishment ally) made in Commissioners’ Court about her salary.

Chasnoff writes, “Sculley made a volley of calls, prompting more calls to Wolff, who eventually penned a sort of apology to the city manager in a fawning letter to the mayor about her accomplishments.” Apparently, that’s how Sculley plays her game; don’t criticize the queen or you will receive an angry backlash, that she orchestrates, from her admirers.

It is outrageous and even dangerous when a government (federal, state or local) tries to influence or even silence its critics. It is even worse when the press sympathizes with the bureaucrats against free speech.

Many conservatives and free-thinking people in San Antonio have long regarded the SAEN as a “propaganda rag” for the powerful, leftist, and elitist Establishment. They have supported streetcars, public subsidizing of downtown redevelopment, Planned Parenthood, protecting illegal aliens, and shortcuts in municipal procedures that benefit their agenda. At the same time, they have ignored issues and candidates that the Establishment opposes.

However, there is a silver lining in this story. First, KTSA stood its ground behind Rima and his show. No high paid bureaucrat/public servant should be off limits from public criticism and accountability. Second, social media now allows more citizens and voters to learn about the “local tyranny” even if they don’t read the SAEN, or hear their version.

The First Amendment allows us to analyze and criticize elected leaders and bureaucrats, especially those receiving an annual salary of almost $500,000 and who seem to be aloof and unaccountable to the citizens and voters.

George Rodriguez, El Conservador

 

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George Rodriguez is a syndicated writer, commentator, and webcaster. He is one of a handful of Hispanic conservatives who is regularly called on to comment in the state and national media. His opinion editorials reach thousands of readers in south and central Texas through several local newspapers. His webcast on Blog Talk Radio.com reaches as many as 20-30,000 listeners. He is also a regular contributor to Fox News.
Mr. Rodriguez is a Contributor to SanAntonioTeaParty.us

3 Responses to "The SA Express News Defends Sculley and Ignores Her Attempts to Silence Critics"

  1. Mick  February 1, 2018 at 7:14 am

    I agree with Shaun and George, the ‘overpaid at 1/4 her salary’ queen Witch is out of control. Time for accountability at City Hall…I’m WAITING! And…a bonus for what, screwing up everything she touches? How about confiscating her salary for a year and fix the numerous pot holes…and this time DO IT RIGHT!

  2. GomeznSA  January 31, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Hmmm, rather telling that Ms. Sculley gets paid more annually than POTUS and SAEN ‘thinks’ she is worth it. Good ‘work’ if you can get it I guess. BTW, her ‘bonus’ is more than I get for my military pension (after 31+ years) AND social security combined but apparently somebody thinks she deserves it. SMH

  3. Harold Geeting  January 31, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Thank you for your truth. I have seen this over paid “princess” for way too long. I have yet to understand what her job is. Fire that overbearing ***** and hire someone that isn’t a liberal and has an IQ above room temperature celsius.

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