KTSM Reporter Called Out By El Paso Democratic Party For Biased Reporting
"A number of news staff at Nexstar’s KTSM (El Paso) are wondering about a recent Reporter hire by the station. The station recently hired former America’s Voice anchor Christina Aguayo."
That's how an article about a new reporter at KTSM begins and the El Paso Democratic Party is wondering the same thing. Aguayo made some waves with the EP Democratic Party and, if this article is to be believed, with some other KTSM staffers as well. Last weekend KTSM ran an exclusive interview with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that Aguayo posted on the station website:
WHAT SEEMS TO BE THE PROBLEM?
The 5 minute package had no comment from any local Democratic officials or even El Pasoans who might have a different take on what Paxton was saying. The portion of Paxton's visit that got national attention was when a woman in a crowd he was speaking to said, " “This has been an overthrow, and we expect actually all of you to stand up and proclaim this," about President Joe Biden's win over Donald Trump. Paxton replied, "“So, let me just say that I agree with you."
FREEDOM OF SPEECH
Everyone is entitled to their opinion about politics, but journalists don't generally let a politician, Republican or Democrat, speak without questioning their facts. Aguayo didn't offering any balance to her Paxton piece and it caught the attention of El Paso Democratic Party officials. They posted on their Facebook page:
The most stunning part of that post is this quote:
“Mr. Candelaria has assured the El Paso County Democratic Party that he will be taking appropriate action and do a follow-up story that is more accurate.”
Appropriate action on a follow-up story that is more accurate? Does that mean Aguayo's actions were inappropriate and her story was not accurate? That all depends on who you're speaking to, but if you check out her Facebook page, you can see that Aguayo tends to post things that are right leaning. I post things that are left leaning on my Facebook page but it is a private page and not my professional page. She is doing so on her professional page, and it isn't a good look according to her fellow co-workers and apparently, her boss who says that her follow-up story will be "more accurate."
Not a good look for a journalist.