THE STORY THE COMMUNICATIONS STAFF AT PUBLIC WORKS WANTED TO STOP!

PLEASE STOP THE INSITE FROM DOING THE STORY!

It was a sobering reminder to the Insite that some public relations reps for businesses and governments will do anything to stop a story. I was working on a report about some city of Houston workers at the Code Enforcement office who were planning a gambling trip. That planning was done during work hours and using city equipment. On Wednesday the p-r guys for the public works department tried to kill the story by contacting a news manager. They said it wasn’t worth broadcasting. Luckily, at FOX I have great managers who stick by the reporters. Anyway, one of the p-r reps told me it wasn’t that big of a deal. He admitted the workers broke city policy but he says it didn’t add up to much – dollar wise. I reminded this p-r guy that in the past he has always said to me the public works department can’t waste one dime of the taxpayer’s money. But now that p-r guy is saying the amount the employees wasted wasn’t a big deal!

Note: I have included the email about the city employees planning the gambling trip on city time!

Video report from FOX 26: http://www.myfoxhouston.com/myfox/pages/InsideFox/Detail?contentId=2325507&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=5.7.1