No, this isn’t downtown related. It’s related to the future of journalism. I’ve been at The Oklahoman for 20 years. I’ve seen elected officials bought and paid for, I’ve seen state employees misspend thousands of dollars on their purchase cards on personal shopping sprees, I’ve seen DHS workers abuse the faith placed in them to protect the downtrodden, I’ve seen folks in higher ed forget whose money they are spending.
So, do you want to know if DHS workers have criminal backgrounds? Do you want to know if employees driving state vehicles have DUI records? Do you want to know if state employees trusted with overseeing the expenditure of public funds have been convicted of fraud or financial malfeasance?
If you want to know any of this, just know that one of The Oklahoman’s best and brightest young reporters, John Estus, is trying to look out for your interests. And just know he’s racked up some powerful enemies…
(If I were John Estus, I’d consider this OPEA press release to be a badge of courage)