Jan 15, 2009

Death Rattle

Philip R. Klein speculates on the demise of the Beaumont Enterprise in his latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review:

Right before a human body dies - there is a systematic function the body goes through. They call it the death rattle. And many in the political community have begun to question if the Beaumont Enterprise has begun that process.

Obviously, the "political community" to which Philip refers is solely limited to Klein's multiple personalities and imagination (emphasis is mine).

As we see it if the current management continues their tactics they will end up closing shop or selling off which is also another rumor running through the community. As we see it if the current management continues their tactics they will end up closing shop or selling off which is also another rumor running through the community. Backroom sources say that Hearst will try to sell off the paper within the next year after getting their numbers stabilized and at least hitting bottom on the decrease of subscribers. In the wings are the owners of the "Examiner" we are told.

More manufactured rumor reported as fact, but we'll revisit next year at this time. Wikipedia notes that the death rattle is a strong indication that someone is near death, but can also be produced by other problems that cause interference with the swallowing reflex such as brain injuries.  I suspect Philip's parent probably dropped him on his head too many times as a baby:

The Examiner will be the advocate for Southeast Texas. And you know what? From what we read - they are. At least they are not scared to take on BISD. Or County Government. Or City Government. Look at the stories they break.

Philip doesn't mention the stories they miss. Here are a few from The Enterprise's website today, which doesn't include coverage of street crime:

Regarding street crime, here's the latest story in total from The Examiner:

Caught in the act
Citizen captures Beaumont man burglarizing vehicle
By Examiner staff report
2009-01-14 09:39:57.0

According to a report from the Beaumont Police Department:

On Tuesday Jan. 13 at 9:30 p.m., officers of the Beaumont Police Department responded to the 1400 block of College Street in reference to an auto burglary  suspect being detained by the complainant. 

Upon their arrival, officers learned the complainant had caught Michael Anthony Jones, a 23-year-old man from Beaumont, burglarizing their black Honda car. 

Officers arrested Jones and brought him to the station for a statement.  They learned while taking that statement that Jones had burglarized another car at that same location the night before.  Jones was booked into the Jefferson County Jail for Burglary of a Vehicle (a Class A Misdemeanor) and bond was set at $500.

The Examiner printed the contents of a Beaumont PD Press Release as news, citing one source. 

Here's the latest crime story from the Beaumont Enterprise:

Fifth Port Arthur shooting suspect arrested
By BLAIR DEDRICK ORTMANN
January, 14, 2009

The fifth of five men wanted in connection with a Dec. 8 aggravated robbery that left a Port Arthur man with seven gunshot wounds was arrested about 3 p.m. Wednesday in Lake Charles, La.

According to a news release from the Port Arthur Police Department, Jamal Joseph was found at a residence based on Crime Stoppers tips.

Joseph was taken into custody without incident.

The victim, Norman Berry, was shot after 8 p.m. in the 3500 block of 15th Street Dec. 8.

Officers responding to the scene chased a red car through the city, but lost sight of it. The car was later found wrecked at the intersection of 17th Street and Stilwell Boulevard, according to Enterprise archives.

According to Port Arthur police, Berry is still recovering from the wounds.

Ashford Chester was arrested Jan. 1, Kalup Scott was arrested Dec. 30, Andrew Mercadel was arrested Dec. 31 and Silas McCall was arrested Jan. 6.

The Enterprise cited three sources, including a press release, a previous story, and a comment from the Port Arthur Police.

Philip's ability as a media analyst rivals his ability as a hamburger chef.  I wonder what sort of "death rattle" those Dairy Queens made?

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