March 29, 2019 to March 31, 2020: Six articles in a one year time span is all the coverage of Charlie Thrash’s guardianship trial the San Antonio Express-News could provide. Of those six articles, all authored by John MacCormack, not a one of them made an honest attempt to present Charlie Thrash’s wishes, or show a modicum of respect, typical of civilized behavior, towards either Charlie’s common-law wife Laura Martinez, or their attorney, Phil Ross. All six articles contained obvious, serious omissions of fact, which had the effect of depriving Express-News readers of an impartial reporting of Charlie’s guardianship trial.
We don’t have the stomach today to go through any more of John MacCormack’s toxic reporting, but will continue this after a suitable resting period, because there are so many more factual omissions and obvious bias in MacCormack’s reporting that needs to be tracked so MacCormack and the Express-News can be held accountable for their deplorable lack of journalistic standards and appalling absence of independent verification of claims made by one side, versus the other.
The media is called the Fourth Estate due to the power “the press and news media [have,] both in explicit capacity of advocacy and implicit ability to frame political issues.” It’s a pity it appears the Express-News has relinquished its power, and become the vassal servant of Bexar County Probate Court.