Buckling under in Baltimore

By Harry M. Covert

Now the question was, “We have had three African American female mayors in a row. They were all passionate public servants. Two resigned, though. Isn’t it a signal that a different kind of leadership is needed to move Baltimore City forward?”

Okay friends, reporters and news audience. The above interview was heard live on a Baltimore commercial television news show by a seasoned anchor person.

Want the answer? After 25 years as a respected broadcast journalist, Mary Bubala, was forced to apologize profusely and then was fired, axed, for such a simple and easy query.

There could have been no more proper question for the interview. But since Ms. Bubala is a white (Caucasian) person doing her professional duty, apparently the interviewee didn’t like it.

Let me explain. It was Loyola University professor Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Black, who took it as racist.

This situation is astonishing, most assuredly. What is more concerning is the quietness and no broad defense from today’s journalistic professionals to Ms. Bubala doing her real job.

The double standard toward news reporting has reached incredibly high decibels.

The politically correct police are running rampant. And getting away with it. Apparently the reportorial hate commentating about the national political stratum is ignored.

This bureau has seen Ms. Bubala’s news reports on WJZ, the CBS teevee outlet in what can be called dangerous Charm City. No intention to be humorous here.

How can the journalistic community ignore the treatment of the news woman? Obviously they can because they buckle at the mere obvious question that all leaders, elected, appointed, wannabes and news people have been asking and thinking.

Yes, hasn’t time arrived to consider the best way to clean up all the City Hall messes in Baltimore? Of course. Any reporter, editor, publisher worth anything would have their news sleuths asking such questions.

The crime and political misbehavior has been ongoing for decades. The rascals have been running wild, filling their personal and family pockets with oodles and great gobs of public monies. The public be damned is obvious.

All of the so-called public servants involved over the years have not been limited to African Americans. Whites and all ethnicities have been known for their various untoward misbehaviors. For clarity, check out the newspaper morgues, also known as files. Or the fabled Enoch Pratt Free Library in downtown Baltimore, near the Inner Harbor and the sports stadiums. Facts and history abound.

Those at the public trough love the media outlets that promote their ideas no matter how they unloose them.

The professor with Mary Bubala was rather off line to describe the question as racist. Has she been on an alien trip for the past few years? Has she not known of the troubles in city leadership in the mayor’s office, the police department, and the rampant crime that continues to this very moment?

The broadcast entities and the printed press are supposed to tell the stories. This may not, will not, always be popular. To single out a respected reporter for asking the accurate question is reprehensible.

All who have ever reported the news can easily detail unpopular interviews and threats received whether from red, yellow, black and white cultures.

The Baltimore situation is appalling. No sense in denying the mess. How many times in the last century have the city’s diversities been involved in troubles?

Count the ways. Better yet, how about some history lessons in the city schools, public and private? Don’t ignore the colleges, either.


This originally appeared in The Tentacle.