All cities have issues, and Battle Creek is no different. Over the past 14 months, concerns regarding the Battle Creek Police Department and City Administration have been raised– and rightfully so considering the multiple alcohol related offenses involving police officers.
During times like these, we look to our elected and appointed officials for leadership, trusting that these officials will fulfill their duties to the citizens of Battle Creek.
With the luxury of hindsight, what’s the score?
Time and again, serious concerns and controversies regarding city administration and the BCPD raised by both Commissioner Jeff Domenico, and others in the community, has resulted not in the resolution that Battle Creek so desperately needs, but rather, has resulted in the continued breakdown and further exacerbation of the very dire defects desperately needing to be resolved.
But don’t get me wrong here, its not entirely the fault of the commission–there is plenty of blame to go around! For example the Enquirer! The Enquirer has repeatedly failed to report the facts of serious issues and valuable information that has freely been provided to them. Oh and let me count the ways–case in point: In June, 2013, PaleoRadio’s Autumn Smith, along with Domenico, sat down with Jennifer Bowman of the Enquirer for a meeting that lasted 90 minutes.–Domenico had also met with Trace Christenson and Mike McCullough regarding these very issues. Bowman was freely provided with over $150 in documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. It is our belief, that these documents provide context and substance to allegations brought forth by Domenico. These documents could have easily laid to rest any doubts, questions, or concerns raised about the validity of the accusations. So what was done with the FOIA’d documents? Five days later, the documents were returned to Autumn Smith citing they were not going to report on them.
It is our firm conviction, that by failing to report the facts, the Enquirer is AWOL in their duty to be an impartial scribe of newsworthy events: more importantly,and as a consequence, the city and the people are left without the healing balm of truth and transparency historically expected of and provided by the media.
Ask yourself, what facts has the Enquirer provided to back up their editorial attacks of Domenico? The Enquirer has dedicated multiple articles to discredit him as a person, yet their attacks are baseless and bias at best. But that’s a rabbit trail–its not about Domenico–its about the facts. The same facts the Enquirer doesn’t have the integrity or “wherewithal” to publish.
If not these, then why not truth claims to the contrary? Where is clarion call for city and BCPD apologists to provide a competing narrative of their own? Something more than a media blackout and a political white wash. And why the double standard? So, its cliché, but, “Houston, we have a problem.”
In all seriousness, the citizens of Battle Creek appear to be between a rock and a hard place. None of this is new. We would assume it would be a safe gamble that for every three citizens of Battle Creek there are scores of stories to be told about police corruption, administrative negligence, and journalistic failure; this being so, we ought to be willing to bet the farm without breaking a sweat on the odds that the Enquirer has lived up to its journalistic mandate as Battle Creek’s fourth estate, publishing even one-tenth of the stories known all to well by the average Johnny Q and Sally Sue of Battle Creek. These are real people with real stories to be told that will never be told, due to the bedfellow relationship and (marital privilege?) between the Enquirer and city administration.