I am always writing about the lack of reliable news outlets in El Paso. As bad as it is – some news outlets really take it to the extreme. KVIA published a new item titled “Prominent El Paso attorney Sib Abraham is dying, son says” by Leonard Martinez yesterday in the afternoon. This is probably one of the worst examples of “news” pieces I have ever seen.
The whole piece is based on one sentence; “Prominent attorney Sib Abraham is gravely ill and near death, according to his son, Bill Abraham”. Except for clarifying that the disease is pancreatic cancer the rest of the whole news item takes the lawyer’s profile from a lawyer’s publication and regurgitates it to the readers.
That is it, a whole “news” item about a rumor of death sourced to one individual only. Where is the search for facts or reactions or any “news reporter” work in the piece?
It is nothing more than a rumor being broadcast so that the news outlet, in this case KVIA can claim to be the first.
Borrowing a phrase from the blogger at El Paso Speak, “El Paso deserves better”.
How absolutely disgusting that KVIA would publish this item as news.