By Ray Stern
First, thank you to "John," who posted a comment on my previous blog post today, pointing out that KFYI also had an article about the illegal immigration report that had been released by Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas [pictured].
I called KFYI at about 3:30 p.m. and found out the station's reporter viewed the report yesterday, as did a reporter from KTAR. Both stations feature right-wing talk shows.
As mentioned previously, most other media -- including New Times -- was told the report would be available at a 3 p.m. news conference. But KFYI received a copy from Thomas' office and posted it online this morning. KTAR posted a summary of the article at 6:40 a.m.
After the press conference, which I could not attend, I called Michael Scerbo, the spokesman for Thomas' office. I asked Scerbo to explain how it happened that KFYI received the report this morning, while a legal request under Arizona's public records law for the report made by New Times at 6:50 a.m. still hadn't been satisfied -- or even acknowledged by his office -- by 4 p.m.
Scerbo refused to answer the question, at first. Then he said he'd been busy.
I asked him whether it was fair to release the report promptly to one news outlet and delay the release to another news outlet.
Scerbo -- a former radio reporter at KFYI, by the way -- refused to answer the question.
So I asked him whether this was a case of "playing favorites," as I had suggested in my earlier blog post.
He says that's just my opinion.
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Well, sure it is.
But it's what I'd call an educated opinion.
Scerbo finally sent me the report a few minutes ago, at 4:41 p.m. So, as I wanted to do this morning, I now pass it along to you: