Well, what the hell. To what extent did Mr. Trillin create that nervous character himself ? I’d say he created her almost wholly: in fact, his appropriation of my singular role in a Kansas State Supreme Court First Amendment case, and my subsequent inability to access a voice with which to assert it, is practically a textbook definition of an abuse of power in journalism. How differently might I have possibly appeared had Trillin assured me before his arrival in Dodge City that he was aware of the very public fabrications made about me to the national media by the most influential free press organization in the nation?
You’ll never know. A few people decided that you don’t need to.
Consultant, First Amendment Lawyer and Media Law Professor
Another complete stranger, Ms. Goller is exactly the sort of looming presence a blackballed reporter on food stamps is reassured to discover inspecting remote details, such as an academic award won seventeen years ago.
” Karlene Goller, a former Los Angeles Times executive, provides strategic consulting for global media companies and teaches Media Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.
Ms. Goller served as First Amendment counsel for the Los Angeles Times and the Times Community News newspapers for more than 20 years. As the Los Angeles Times Deputy General Counsel and Vice President, Legal, she provided all aspects of newsroom counseling and litigation, as well as intellectual property matters, for content on all platforms — print, digital and multimedia. She was also responsible for representing the news organizations in connection with legislative and policy matters at the state and federal levels.
She joined the Times Mirror Company in 1990 as corporate counsel for Times Mirror Cable Television Inc. where she provided all forms of in-house counseling, including managing litigation, franchising, regulatory and legislative matters. Before joining Times Mirror, she was an associate at Cole, Raywid & Braverman in Washington, D.C., where she practiced primarily communications law counseling cable television and cellular clients, as well as litigating trade secret matters.”
Q. Why does a discredited lowly former staff reporter for an obscure Midwestern newspaper require the scrutiny of this Big Gun four years after the fact?
A. Because Reporter Lowly has documented the truth. She won’t shut up; thus, censoring her requires vigilance.
- ABSTRACT: ANNALS OF CRIME about the State of Kansas v. Samuel Bonilla. Last Labor Day afternoon, Tanner Brunson—accompanied by his friend Steven Holt, Holt’s daughter, his stepson, and a former boyfriend of his stepdaughter’s—drove his truck down a riverbed in Dodge City, Kansas. Holt and Brunson had consumed a lot of beer and in the riverbed they came upon Sam Bonilla, a Cox Communications cable guy, walking with his older son and his nephew. As Brunson’s truck approached, Bonilla gave him the finger. Holt and Brunson got out of the truck and as they approached Bonilla he fired on them with a .22-calibre gun. At the hospital, doctors stabilized Brunson, but Steven Holt died. Both Holt and Brunson were “good ole country boys.” Bonilla was Hispanic. Describes the history of the Hispanic community in Dodge City; almost half of the city’s current residents are Hispanic. After some hesitation, Bonilla turned himself in to the police on the evening of the shooting. He told them that he repeatedly shouted “Get back!” to Brunson and Holt before shooting, a claim confirmed by Holt’s daughter and stepson. Bonilla was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Holt and second-degree attempted murder in the wounding of Brunson. Rebecca Escalante, who runs Becky’s Bail Bonds and Tax Service, has found the Hispanics in Dodge City to be considerably less assertive than what she’d been accustomed to in Texas. Bonilla worked part-time for Escalante, and on one visit to see him in jail she took along Claire O’Brien, a reporter with the Dodge City Daily Globe. O’Brien’s article about Bonilla—in which he said he didn’t think a Hispanic could get a fair trial in Ford County— caused a sensation in Dodge City. County Attorney Terry Malone subpoenaed both O’Brien and Escalante—demanding that they reveal any anonymous sources, that O’Brien hand over her notes on the jailhouse interview, and that they both testify in a closed-door proceeding. Doug Anstaett, the executive director of the Kansas Press Association, thought the case made a good argument for the Kansas legislature to pass a shield law to protect reporters. Attorney Lucille Douglass, who began representing Bonilla, claimed that information about weapons and anti-Hispanic sentiment could have been easily obtained by subpoenaing Brunson’s MySpace page. A blog in Texas, Latina Lista, described Dodge City as “a place where some of the ‘white’ locals like to play a game they call ‘Border Patrol’ where they use their trucks to intimidate Latino pedestrians.” The implication was that Bonilla was nearly run over because he is Hispanic. Mentions gun rights. In early March, it was announced that Bonilla accepted a plea bargain on the reduced charges of voluntary manslaughter and aggravated battery, resulting in a sentence of seventy-four months. As a noncitizen who had committed a felony, he would presumably be deported after completing his sentence.