Naked pictures of Tribune staff. That’s what we assume bookstore owner Ken Sanders has in a safety deposit box somewhere. Sanders’ smiling face was the first thing that popped up when surfing sltrib.com yesterday. It was easy to recognize him because it’s only been two months since his last full-length feature in the Trib. In fact, he's been featured four times since 2005. Four major features on one business owner in two years? If naked pictures aren’t involved, we want the number for his agent.And what did we see in this morning's Trib? Yet another feature on Sanders, the second so far this year, and the fifth in the past two years. If this guy ain't (1) paying someone off, and/or (2) in possession of certain airport restroom photos, we are mystified as to why he gets so much ink.
Hey, Trib: If you're out of new ideas, we've got one. Since you're re-running the same stuff you did last January anyway, how about a follow up on this one that we also wrote about at the time:
Two days ago, a Zion's Bank branch at 1420 S. 300 West was robbed. A man dressed similarly to the suspect was approached by police, and ended up getting Tasered. Without knowing the Taseree's side of the story, the Tribune simply assumed the police version to be 100% accurate, declaring in its article, "The man did not respond to the officer's orders, was hostile and made verbal threats of physical harm against the police. One of the officers deployed his Taser to subdue the man."In light of another mistaken-identity Tasering a year earlier involving a mentally disabled man, we expressed concern whether local cops were adequately trained to distinguish between mental disability and hostile resistance. At the time, the Trib chided us because the cops had refused to give them the guy's name by the time they ran the article, so they couldn't get his story. Of course, that didn't excuse their decision to report the cop's version as undisputed fact, but anyway, it's been 8 months now, plenty of time to have GRAMA'd the police report, gotten the victim's name and story, and perhaps evaluated whether local cops need more training in distinguishing mental disability from combativeness. (The Trib did run a story in July about the number of local Taser incidents, but did not address this troubling aspect.) So how about it, guys?
P.S. One thing we do know: The Taseree wasn't Ken Sanders, or the Trib would have been all over it.