The fourth estate is an essential part of maintaining integrity in our political system, capitalist economy and our open society. But the mainstay of journalism is unbiased, factual reporting.
Days before Mr. Hancock’s most unfortunate demise, a reporter for the Post Dispatch published a whack at the Cubs, providing fuel for the rivalry fire and great locker room material for the North Siders. Tony La Russa expressed his opinion on the piece by refusing questions from PD reporters during media sessions, asking for respect be shown to a class organization, like the Cubs. He reiterated that the newspaper and the Cardinal Organization are 2 seperate enities, and the Red Birds had nothing to do with the article. PD reporters have the right to ask follow up questions – but Tony certainly has the right to ignore you – if you persist, expect repercussions, although that’s what you bottom feeders are looking for anyway. We layman know you are out to **** somebody off to get your next story, it’s the PD MO of investigative reporting.
But, unfortunately the poem is no longer an issue, God rest your soul Josh Hancock. His last outing was masterful, and I personally send out my thoughts and prayers to his family at this most difficult time. Please understand, Mr. and Mrs. Hancock that the St Louis Post Dispatch is not representative of the Cardinal Nation.
WIthout toxology reports or official statements – the PD pages are full of "witness accounts" of a drunk Josh Hancock behind the wheel and other "near fatal" accidents prior to last Saturday night’s collision. None of today’s articles contain police statements or offical reports to back up the writers’ claims. The St Louis Post Dispatch has become nothing more than a Page 6 (NY Post) rag when it comes to the death of Josh Hancock. I wish I had a fungo bat too, Tony.
In this most troubling time, as a family puts a son to rest, as friends struggle with the truth that their friend is lost to them forever, comfort is hard to find. Hurtful words recorded during hurtful times cause gaping wounds that circumvent the healing process. Therefore, this petty rheotoric of smug reporting should be treated as a mosquito on the back of your neck. Slapped down. I firmly believe that the St Louis Cardinals locker room should be closed to Bernie and his muck rakers.