Saturday, March 13, 2010

Darren Meritz Out of The El Paso Times


The El Paso Times lost another reporter Thursday. Sources indicate that Darren Meritz was fired but details are sketchy as to the exact reason.


This is fresh of the recent departure of another reporter, David Montero who also left the El Paso Times after only a brief stint on the political scene here in the Sun City. Montero left quite an impression with readers and apparently with management as well because his letter of resignation was posted on the Community Board within the Times.


Sources at the Times tell me that they can think of no other time that an employees letter of resignation was made available to the rest of the staff.


The Community Board is usually reserved for announcements, thank you letters from kids, or atta-boys from the public.


Meritz refused to comment on his employment status with the Times and said that if I wanted information I “should contact the Times”.


If you aren’t familiar with Meritz reporting, these are the two most recent articles post on the El Paso Times’ website by the reporter. This is a piece involving crime and this is a piece about the State Board of Education, which ought to be a crime.


Stay tuned, things are getting interesting over at the Times.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Per your BLOG item:

* "Sources at the Times tell me that they can think of no other time that an employees letter of resignation was made available to the rest of the staff."

* "The Community Board is usually reserved for announcements, thank you letters from kids, or atta-boys from the public."

If I read your BLOG correctly, this reporter had only been on the political beat for a short time. Could you post his resignation letter on your BLOG?

Basically, what is the reason for the two dismissals? Were they for business reasons due to of the bad economy, or other reasons? Need facts, not rumor.

The Lion Star said...

Okay, I posted this comment despite the fact that the author clearly can't read what my comment policy is.

The author of this comment for some reason tries to emphasize the word BLOG. I guess an attempt to minimize my piece, which is ironic considering the fact that he went to the trouble to not only read the piece but to comment on it.

My question is, where is the rumor part the author referred to? I posted the facts I was able to gather and presented the other information in a way that made it clear it was not fact.

Many sources at the Times ask not to be revealed because of the state of management at this time.

I don't know if the author of the comment works for the Times, hell it could be Chris Lopez for all I know, or is a big fan of the Times, but this comment is clearly meant to minimize my piece.

There is more to come on this topic. Stay tuned.

Anonymous said...

i believe the poster above is asking that since this resignation letter was so public why cant you put it in your article(or blog). maybe this david guy put in on the board himself when he walked out. is it still there ? he also may be baiting you lionstar or maybe just wants to know why these 2 people were dismissed(if you even know). you can always give your opinion, but opinions are not fact, just opinion.

gabriel h

The Lion Star said...

Montero did not post the letter himself, it was done so by management. I didn't post the letter itself because just because management feel okay about posting it, doesn't mean I'm gonna do it.

It wasn't two people dismissed, it was one. Montero left on his own, thus the letter of resignation.

As to Meritz dismissal, I clearly stated that details were sketchy.

Anonymous said...

"Lion Star," I didn't mean to cause you to weee-weee in your pants because of a simple question.

So all I know now is one reporter resigned and the other was dismissed. Therefore, not knowing the REASONS makes me no better informed, than when I first asked the question. Basically, I must take everything written with a strong degree of caution.

The Lion Star said...

Okay, then do so.

Do you feel better now?

Now read the portion of text above the comment box next time.

You seem to be having a hard time with it.

Anonymous said...

Good morning "Lion Star."

Per your COMMENTS: "Now read the portion of text above the comment box next time," plus "You seem to be having a hard time with it."

Here is one sentence from your initial article:
"Stay tuned, things are getting interesting over at the Times."

Fine, one person resigned and another was dismissed, plus the dismissed person did not want to give the reason. So WHY all the intrigue?

As a person who took time to visit your website, WHY the "teaser" comment in your article?

What I'm trying to determine, is visiting some of these local El Paso BLOGs simply a waste of time? And would that fleeting amount of life's time be better placed on other persuits that add value to one's life?

Roy Ortega said...

Darren Meritz is a fine reporter and a great guy. I had the honor of working alongside of him for several years. But like many reporters of his caliber including David Crowder and Sito Negron, expecting to be treated with dignity and respect by management is mostly an exercise in futility. My message to Darren: Life is almost always better after the El Paso Times.
Signed,
Roy Ortega