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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Where's Waldo?

Shreveport Mayor-elect Cedric Glover ended his victory speech last night with the words: “Let’s get to work.”

Let’s hope that’s where he is this morning. But we wouldn’t know.

Campaign spokeswoman Markey Pierre, to whom all media requests must be made, said yesterday afternoon that we’d “have to play it by ear” if we could interview Glover after the results came in.

Didn’t happen.

She didn’t return phone calls last night or this morning for today’s coverage, but not that I’m surprised.

Glover was the only candidate in the field of 11 who didn’t supply us with a direct phone number, cell phone or home number. If we want to set up an interview or photo, Pierre screens the requests. Even the notoriously difficult Ed Bradley was often easier to reach than Glover (though getting him to say anything was another matter).

When I voiced my concerns with Glover, he said that was a decision he made for efficiency’s sake.

Heaven forbid he ever become inefficient.


Blogger mej said...

It's not sensationalism to print the news.
A recent post on a online story accused The Times of sensationalizing the news that Mayor-elect Cedric Glover is not feeling well.
The only reason it’s news at all is because the day after elections - when some comment from Glover’s camp is expected - it’s been like trying to snap a picture of Tom (Cruise) and Katie’s (Holmes) baby to speak to Glover.
It's wrong for a publicly elected official to be so guarded with the media. At the least they should have a spokesperson that is accessible and ready to give out information.
The Times has cell phone numbers for just about every public official and can reach them at anytime if they needed to - including Mayor Keith Hightower and Mayor Lo Walker. (Both also have a spokesperson that can be reached at any time.)
Reporters are usually considerate in the use of the cell phone numbers and before it's used have usually gone through a spokesperson or executive assistant or tried to call during office hours before resorting to a private cell phone number.
But sometimes during a news item – like a new mayor-elect – the official’s voice is what is needed.
The private cell phone number is a security that is good for the media and good for residents who expect to hear their leaders' voice on important issues.

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