The owner of Tire Works Total Car Care said today during a phone interview on Face to Face that she only called Nina Radetich after Channel 13 General Manager Jim Prather refused to take her call regarding the handling of a News 13 investigation of the company by Darcy Spears. Maybe that’s why Prather is defending what he calls his anchor’s “lapse of judgment.” Others in the news business have other words to describe Radetich’s recommendation of her pitchman boyfriend’s services to spin against her own newsroom’s story on the embattled Tire Works. Freelancer Steve Freiss wonders on tonight’s program how the station could possibly retain its credibility and its star anchor.
Also weighing in, UNLV Journalism School acting director Dan Stout and media law professor Stephen Bates, who was at the side of special prosecutor Ken Starr from the Whitewater years through Monica Lewinsky. As my colleague George Knapp remarked as he and other TV folk checked out the action from our control room, “This guy knows a scandal.”
Also tonight, Tire Works’ owner Roshie Weightman hints that “something big” is expected to develop regarding the story next week.