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McConn: "I don't think nosy reporters need to know where I am.
STOP THE PRESS
Public servants want to serve public in private.
BY GABRIELLE COSGRIFF
ROBERTA K. TILLINGHAST, PRESIDENT
Houston • Galveston • San Antonio • Corpus Christi
Houston mayor Jim McConn is
miffed at the local media. He
says he may just have to get
his news in future from the
out-of-town press. The reason for Hizzo-
ner's miffdom is the press coverage of
his son Terry McConn's arrest (Aug 3) for
loitering at the scene of an accident.
Police Chief B.K. Johnson intervened
a few hours after the arrest and sent the
youth home from a soutwest substation
in a police car without charges being filed
"Because it was the mayor's son."
The arresting officer, S.E. Carr, said he
would file misdemeanor charges against
Terry McConn."We do not want any special treatment," the mayor told the press.
Let me remind you," he said, "that the
charge is a failure to move on, a class C
misdemeanor, not a murder, rape, incest
or robbery. You would think that all of
them had been committed the way you
all have played it up."
McConn has also cancelled, "for security reasons," the distribution of his weekly public schedule. When asked if that
decision had anything to do with his anger at the press, McConn replied:"! don't
think nosy reporters need to know where
I am every working moment of my life.
Does that answer your question?"
McConn is not alone among public servants in harbouring ill wiil towards the
Houston contingent of the fourth estate.
Last week, Houston school superintendent Billy Reagan refused to release recent test scores of high school students in
the district/'Nobody else is releasing
them. Why should we?" Reagan told
Houston Post reporter Jorjanna Price, who
had requested the scores. Price reported
that Reagan said he was unfairly treated
in widespread publicity given to the results of the Texas Assessment of Basic
Skills (TABS), a statewide test given to all
fifth and ninth graders.
So the mayor and the ichool superintendent are cutting back on information
to the press, and thereby to the public,
their employers. Apparently, both these
officials have been embarrassed by reports in the local press. Neither has challenged the veracity of what was reported,
they just didn't like it. So the press will
now be punished for their temerity.
Xenophon, the Greek historian, described how reporters of negative tidings were decapitated "as effortlessly as
the scythe lops off the heads of the tallest poppies."
Well, we're an open, democratic, society and that kind of thing doesn't happen any more. Does it?
The only permanent record, in
print, of the recent UN World
Conference on Women in Copenhagen (July 14-30) is Forum 80, a
daily newspaper published by the Forum
of Non-Governmental Organizations
Many women attending the conference
felt that Forum 80 did not serve them
well, either in its staffing or its execution.
Nancy Landau, representing Breakthrough
at the conference, (see story p. 24) told
us: "Everybody was bewildered — more
than that, we were angry and frustrated
— at the sexist tone of the articles, the unflattering photographs and the hostile cartoons. It wasn't exactly positive imagery."
A letter to Forum 80 (July 16) from
Pat Zanger, Women's Organization for
Equality, Belgium, read: "Now we know
about the 'splendid African dress,' 'resplendent' matching outfits, and Queen
Margrethe 'dressed in dark blue and a
neatly tilted white pill box hat.' (Page 1,
"Where was Forum 80 reporter John
Rowley during the July 11-12 journalists'
encounter when UN Conference Secretary
General Lucille Mair referred to the 'obsession of the media with covering women as spectacles' and said she hoped journalists at this year's conference would cover women not as subjects, but rather co-