News & Notes from Eagle Rock, El Sereno & Mt. Washington

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  • El Sereno man fatally shot in car while seated next to wife and daughter. CBS2
  • Eagle Rock “crowbar attacker” charged with attempted murder. Patch
  • Occidental College alumni start petition in support of football coach fired amid NCAA investigation. Patch
  • Restoration of 250,000 items in Southwest Museum collection expected to continue into 2014. L.A. Times
  • Happening Today:  Tossed Salad at Highland Park farmer’s market; Glassell Park Neighborhood Council meeting. Save the Date

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  1. It’s a little disconcerting for The Eastsider to uncritically provide a link to the Autry Museum’s press release masquerading as a piece of objective “journalism” in the LA Times. I thought that when Suzanne Munchnic left the Times, readers would blessedly no longer have to read her clearly biased reporting on the Autry’s botched stewardship of the Southwest Museum. But now, in a “special” to the Times, probably written with money paid to her by Autry to write it, Munchnic continues to spread the documented misrepresentations of the Autry to the large audience of unsuspecting LA Times readers.

    Northeast readers roll their eyes at the propaganda contained in this piece of trash journalism. It is documented in reports available for public inspection on the website of the Friends of the Southwest Museum that the Autry obtained control over the Southwest by making false claims it had a $100 million endowment. Autry has no such endowment. Its endowment on the day it took title to the Southwest’s priceless collection was $1.8 million and on the same day the “financially troubled” Southwest Museum had about $4.5 million. But Munchnic refuses to put that FACT in her brand of biased reporting. She’s Autry’s little mouthpiece — spreading falsehoods. Autry took the Southwest’s endowment and put in into its own.

    And then there is the ongoing Autry lie that the Southwest Museum cannot be rehabilitated for future use. City Council members have stood on the television and shamed the Autry for these bad faith claims. On this point, a 227-page report of Autry’s own experts concluded in 2004 that restoration of the Southwest could be accomplished for as little as $16 million and a slightly expanded museum could be had for $22 million. The City offered Autry low-interest loan funds of $25 million to perform this work and Autry turned it down — continuing to pursue its own selfish goal of moving the Southwest’s exhibition of its collection into Autry’s own museum. Munchnic has NEVER reported the details of this report to the public. She is an utterly compromised journalist and the willingness of the LA Times, and now The Eastsider, to uncritically accept this trash journalism, is a great disappointment.

    This is a story that deserves equal time in both publications so that readers can know the whole story.

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