In yet another example of the San Antonio Express-News’ bias in reporting, the paper ran an article on Friday, Aug. 10 criticizing Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott for paying his top staffers six-figure wages with a top salary of $265,000. But ironically, the SA Express has never criticized San Antonio city manager Sheryl Sculley for her $500,000 salary.
The SA Express-News is the public mouthpiece for SA/Bexar County Establishment which supports Sculley, and promotes the Establishment’s agenda. However, they criticize, attack, or ignore any opponents, and this article appears to be a hit piece on Abbott because he has opposed the SA/Bexar County Establishment’s agenda on several occasions.
Abbott was criticized in the article because his staff’s salaries exceed those paid in California, Florida and other big states. According to the comparisons made in the article, five of Abbott’s top administrators each make $265,000 a year. But SA city manager Sculley makes almost twice that much, and the SA Express-News has never criticized her.
The SA Express-News also says, “Despite a lack of gender diversity among the top five earning employees, women make up about 60 percent of Abbott’s roughly 250-member staff.” Since it noted that half the six-figure earners in Abbott’s office are women, we should wonder why the issue is raised?
The report also acknowledged it is not unusual for top-earning gubernatorial staff members to rake in more than the governors they work for. Again, we should ask why the SA Express raises the issue of Abbott’s staff salaries?
Strangely, Lupe Valdez, the Democrat opposing Abbott for governor in November, is mentioned at the end of the article for no apparent reason. The SA Express and the Houston Chronicle appear to be providing Valdez free publicity and an issue with this article.
All of this information about the $265,000 salaries of the governor’s senior staff of the second largest and most prosperous state. But the paper hasn’t said anything critical about half-million salary of the city manager of the state’s second largest city that is deep in debt and from a suffering high crime rate.
The SA citizens and voters have a chance to limit city manager Sculley’s salary in November by supporting a proposed city charter amendment (one of three) that caps her salary. But the SA Express and SA/Bexar County Establishment have attacked the amendment supporters with recent articles and lawsuits.
The SA Express-News has a pro-Establishment bias in their reporting. Unfortunately, they are the loudest voice in the community and influence public opinion. The Establishment uses the SA Express’ to justify their agenda
Rather than criticizing the governor’s senior staff’s salaries, the SA Express should investigate and report on whether or not the SA city manager is worth her half-million-dollars salary.
Unbiased sources of news and information are needed, because citizens and voters must have the truth to be free.