After reading today's Weakly story <Web Link>about the release of the Emily Harrison report, I'm struck by two things.
1. If the allegations made by her co-workers are true, she should have been fired a long time ago but hasn't because it's difficult if not impossible to fire a government employee. I guess Frank Benest recognizes this since he did everything he could to get her fired, and when eh realized it wasn't going to work, began praising her to make the best out of a bad situation.
2. You can't trust the Weakly, particularly when it cites unidentified sources in a story. Go back to the Weakly's April 6th story <Web Link> and look at all the things that were wrong in that report.
On April 4th, Weakly said Gary Baum launched the Harrison investigation. Now we learn it was actually Frank Benest who launched it.
On April 4th, the Weakly said the allegations were made by a "mid-level staffer." Now we learn it was Benest, a top-level staffer, who made the allegations about how she treated others and him.
The April 4th story sugar-coated the allegations against Harrison, suggesting that the source knew the allegations were much worse and used the Weakly to try and put out the fire. Nothing in that original report discussed her alleged harassment of people based on their political or religious beliefs, her rolling of her eyes, her insubordination, etc.
Did Jay and the Weakly get "used" by their source, or were they trying to help the city with a cover-up?
The original story contains many other inaccuracies which would have never been revealed to the public had the report remained secret. Thank goodness the Daily filed a request to obtain the documents! (The Weakly jumped in and filed its request for the report only after the Daily did so first.)
Since this "source" gave the Weakly bad information, the Weakly should declare that it's promise is anonymity is off and reveal the liar.
It's funny how newspapers always demand transparency from other institutions in society, but when the tables are turned, they cover everything up and ignore their critics.