Saturday, August 25, 2007
Where is the Springfield media on Cron lawsuit story?
It's seamy, it's sordid, it's everything media critics say dominates the print and electronic media.
So where has the media been in on the ongoing story of former Missouri State University drama instructor George Cron's wrongful dismissal lawsuit against the university?
The trial is scheduled to begin in less than two weeks in federal court in Springfield, yet as far as I can tell, it has not been mentioned by any of the traditional media outlets in Springfield. My view of tabloid-type stories has always been, if it's Paris Hilton in California, it's tabloid trash, if it happens in your backyard, it's news.
But this particular lawsuit is about more than just titillation. It has a number of legitimate news pegs:
-It involves issues of sexual harassment and romance in the workplace, both of which have long been considered newsworthy topics.
-The lawsuit was filed against a taxpayer-funded institution and involves the way in which a particular part of that institution (the Department of Theatre and Dance) is being operated.
-Two of the principals in the case have made names for themselves in the arts. Cron, in addition to staging a number of successful theatrical productions during his time at MSU, has also played minor roles in movies, while defendant Rhythm McCarthy, is an accomplished professional dancer.
-It is one of a number of lawsuits that have been filed in connection with various departments at Missouri State, and the others have received extensive media coverage.
If anyone out there can tell me why this story has been totally ignored, I would appreciate it.