LA Times intentionally and willfully chooses to ignore the fact that Scott Schenter is a UW Husky and was willfully trying to frame USC.
Jack Dolan, Ruben Vives and Gary Klein are the Times staff writers who penned the column published on September 1, 2012 currently titled "Figure in assessor's scandal says he gave gifts to 2 USC athletes".
This story now qualifies as one of the poorest written stories in several years. In fact, it makes me rather upset to read the story and the accompanying emails.
LAT Story Here
LA Times not only leaves out the above information, but deliberately appears to have left out key information from the emails the paper obtained.
Go to page 14 of the LA Times document, an email that starts with "Neil, I hope things are going great with you."
The SECOND LINE of the FIRST PARAGRAPH of the email says, "I am eyeing the college football season and anticipating my Huskies at 0-8...I will be the one with the purple "Bag" on my head." He's clearly a Huskie fan.
There's more on this scum bag. He writes "a bigger project might be in the City of Huntington Park...the mayor actually works in the Assessor's office". Instead of the LA Times trying to fabricates new headlines with old stories, perhaps these reporters might want to investigate the Mayor of Huntington Park who works in the same office with Schenter and seems to be advocating for a lights project at tax payer expense!
Reading further in this email, Schenter writes "I just finished talking with the compliance department..." and "USC said no it was against NCAA rules". LA Times writers missed this from their published report and the LA Times Editor failed to review the supporting documents for the story..
Schenter writes, "USC said you couldn't put pictures of any player on my bus. What are they going to do to me?...I am going to do this... They or the NCAA have no authority over me. I can put what I want on my bus."
Schenter also writes, "Just think of the publicity or Probation USC."
He also writes, "USC Sucks!"
Not exactly a booster huh? This stuff is so bad, that I'm thinking of calling LA Times myself to investigate their journalists and what their motives were for publishing this hit piece. It seems more like a political hit piece than actual journalism.
The third paragraph currently reads:
"After The Times asked about the alleged payments, officials at USC said they immediately informed the NCAA about the claims."
Based upon the comments of Pat Haden, this paragraph is hyperbole at best. The writers left out the fact that USC sent NCAA information several years ago, well before these writers asked about the County Assessor's story. The paragraph leaves out the timing and deliberately obfuscates the order and progression of events.
The writers pen:
But Schenter's emails point to his role in a second, seemingly unrelated scandal that has plagued the USC athletic department in recent years.
In fact, the emails say something completely different which Conquest Chronicles will clear eviscerate by the end of this posting. If it's "seemingly" reporting that you want, go to the National Enquirer. Why is LA Times publishing "if" and "seemingly" stories?
And, "recent years"? The kids playing today were in elementary school in 2004. Are you kidding? That's not "recent", its old news and old events that this kids have had to overcome.
The LA Times writers FAIL to properly structure this story on Schenter and instead try to distort the story into being on USC Athletics. They utterly fail to describe the response that the USC Athletic Department had to these allegations when they were raised THREE YEARS AGO by LA Times in 2009.
The story itself goes into the fact that the Times was following USC Athletes and cross checking the cars the athletes were driving with California DMV. I'd like to understand a little better how the LA Times can call the DMV to get information on the car registration of student athlete's vehicles? Can I call DMV and cross check car registration on the cars being driven by LA Times staff writers? How about cross checking the home mortgage notes and lease agreements on where LA Times staff writers live?
Schenter is clearly NOT a booster. He also is intentionally goading the players and university into an infraction in order to damage the school. This alone should be a headline. But, did LA Times discuss the email's contents in their article? Nope. At least they published the emails. And, upon reviewing just that one email, it says loads about the criminal misconduct in the Tax Assessor's office and the intentions of Mr. Schenter. More importantly, review of the facts (nearly always missing in these stories), LA Times editors and writers are shown to be about as biased as possible.
You would think that LA Times would want to think twice about slandering and libeling USC. Of course, LA Times did publish the wonderful ad proclaiming that UCLA was going to end the Trojan domination of LA. LA Times should realize that USC alumni OWN Los Angeles!
That's why I don't subscribe to the paper!