There's something you need to know about media outlets in this market: If there's even a hint of upsetting someone, WECT won't touch a story. For years they have stayed to rear of the R.C. Soles stories. They have not touched other stories that we have done that have touched a nerve with people because we reported the facts of the case, like the Pender County teacher charged with cyberstalking, employees at a fastfood restaurant being tested for TB and so many more.
Now you will argue that shows some sort of bias on our part. Nothing could be farther from the truth. This story and the others I mentioned that we have done are all based in facts. In the case of this trooper, we gave him and the Highway Patrol the chance to comment and tell their side of the story. They have chosen not to. Their unwillingness to talk does not make the story go away. The problem is that some media outlets believe that it does, and that's what leads to people in power abusing their positions.
WECT did not check out this story, because they did not have it. We scooped them. We shared it with our affiliate station in Raleigh, who has run stories parallel to ours. Since then, WRAL, WNCN the News & Observer and the Associated Press have picked up the story. Your vaunted WECT today (two days after we first reported the story) posted a link on their website to WNCN's story, thus showing they know about it, but insulating themselves.
If that's the kind of news you depend on, well, good luck. We believe in news that actually matters and news that makes a difference.
We will continue to follow this and those other stories as they develop and bring you any resolution on either side. If the trooper or the Highway Patrol want to talk, they know where to find us.
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