Ethics in the Eagle Tribune



By; Tom Duggan – September, April, 2007

Did anyone else notice in the Alabama Eagle~Tribune’s story on Ethics among elected officials on Sunday quoted Lawrence Council President Patrick Blanchette without mentioning that he had his city council office renovated out of the DPW budget, all the while he was calling for the firing of John Griffin for having his office renovated out of someone else’s budget???

Well, I guess the Trib isn’t going to tell you that now because they never covered the story when it happened. Only the Valley Patriot covered THAT story.

Did anyone notice they didn’t mention Blanchette had his own street paved at 200% the original bid?

Isn’t it hysterical that the Tribune goes out of their way to quote Blanchette on ETHICS (of all things) without mentioning HIS conflicts of interest and ethics questions! How come they didn’t mention how many ethics complaints Blanchette has filed?

It’s called journalism, and the Trib is doing a sloppy job at it while they bend over backwards (forward?) to ease the coming blows out of the ethics commission.

Just to top it all off, then Mark Vogler (Blanchette’s press boy) quotes him in a story about TREES in Lawrence… LMAO, I guess Mr. Vogler couldn’t find any other relevant city officials to interview so he just threw another bone to Blanchette to give him more ink.

Why was there no mention of the fact that Blanchette has been advocating for the LOWEST bidders on property the city is disposing of?


Maybe they should rename the Eagle~Tribune to “Patrick’s Pravda!”