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San Diego news media have not been reporting the sins of their reporters. On April 28, Milan Martinic, 47, of Ramona, pleaded guilty in Jacksonville, Florida, to wire fraud. He was running a Ponzi scheme that fleeced more than 20 investors of $6 million. The maximum penalty would be 20 years behind bars, although he is unlikely to get that. He was a free-lancer with the Ramona Sentinel, which has not reported the matter. Maureen Robertson, editor of the newspaper, says that according to the Department of Justice, the scam went on from 1998 to 2005, "before Martinic showed up in Ramona, that I am aware of...As soon as I found out, the publisher and I determined that Martinic should no longer write for the Sentinel." But partly because it was not a California case, it was not considered newsworthy. Local TV station KUSI has not reported that its star of "Good Morning San Diego," Rod Luck, was arrested over the weekend for allegedly punching a female partner in the mouth Friday evening in a San Francisco hotel room. Steve Cohen, news director of the station, says KUSI has not mentioned the incident "because it is a personnel matter. He is still an employee but is on leave."

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JF May 13, 2008 @ 7:33 p.m.

Actually, I believe there was a story on Rod Luck this morning. Maybe you shamed them into it.

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Don Bauder May 14, 2008 @ 6:38 a.m.

Response to post #1: Yes, KUSI must have changed its mind. When I spoke with two people there in the afternoon, the station had no intention to cover the alleged incident. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 14, 2008 @ 8:05 a.m.

Response to post #3: Another sagacious post from Fred Williams. I especially like the line: "Ignore those plunging circulation and viewership ratings...they don't mean nuthin'." Local media aren't exactly ignoring the signs of decline, but they aren't approaching the problems in a creative and sensible way. Best, Don Bauder

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Fred Williams May 14, 2008 @ 7:39 a.m.

I am SHOCKED, I tell you, SHOCKED to learn that a member of the media could ever be engaged in untoward behavior of any type

I'm even more shocked that this would ever be reported.

After all, the media has the golden role of demanding answers. Yet, the media itself must NEVER be questioned.

Indeed, being a member of the media fraternity means you have a platinum "Get Out of Jail Free" card that never runs out. As long as the reporters agree to always go easy on the cops and DA's, never raising an eyebrow at cops on steroids road-raging away, arresting pot smoking students, and ignoring real crime like multi-million dollar sports-entertainment giveaways...then the media gets a free pass.

"Play Ball!"

The only exception to this is if the member of the media fraternity happens to travel to another jurisdiction. If you're up in the bay area or do some nastiness in Florida...well, Dumanis can't help you cover up way over there.

So, members of the local media, keep your shenanigans close to home.

You just keep on smearing our political enemies, and ignoring the real crimes, and you'll be protected. Just like you protect us from any real scrutiny.

(Oh, ignore those plunging circulation and viewership ratings...they don't mean nuthin.)

Best wishes from every reporter's friend,

Fred Williams CEO, Critical Readers for Accurate Posts (CRAP)

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realnews May 14, 2008 @ 8:13 a.m.

Well, at least the people of San Diego are finally enjoying a bit of Good Luck, now that Ron has run out of his. There is a God!

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Fred Williams May 14, 2008 @ 8:56 a.m.

You should see the tons of comments online at the UT site...

Looks like Mr. Rod "Outta" Luck is a bit full of himself.

I think it's the alcohol. If he would just follow the example of the peace loving scholars at SDSU, he'd mellow out with a bit of weed.

But then the SWAT team would arrive, bash in his door in the middle of the night, and point guns at his head.

Since he's an abuser of alcohol, a very powerful and addictive drug, he gets a free pass for being a shameless jerk until he smacks a girl. If he were a student at SDSU, though, he would be facing feloney charges and a lifelong stigma in addition to being denied an education.

At least it's refreshing to see this very rare example of reporters reporting on one of their own.

Best,

Fred Williams

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Don Bauder May 14, 2008 @ 11:24 a.m.

Response to post #5: Having a good lawyer is more important than having good luck. Rod will come to appreciate that. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 14, 2008 @ 11:32 a.m.

Response to post #6: I have no idea whether Luck is an alcohol abuser. For a couple of years in the early 1990s I did business news on KUSI in the evenings, and for a brief period in the morning. I knew Luck a little bit, but not well. I remember him as a blusterer, just as he is on TV, but I don't recall much else. Best, Don Bauder

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