The tow company/St. Louis Police Department scandal has been very well covered, generally, by the Post-Dispatch. St. Louis Metropolitan Towing has been accused of owing $700,000 to the city, and of allowing free use of impounded cars to the daughter of ChiefJoeMokwa (tm) and to some police officers. This investigation has caused the FBI and the IRS to check into the company.
Good reporting, right? Almost, but something is missing.
At this STLToday link is a collection of the stories the paper has run on the tow company matter.
What this collection of stories lacks is nearly any investigation into the owners of the tow company, one of whom, William Bialczak, is the head of the Board of the St. Stanislaus Kostka Corporation, and supporter of the excommunicate Marek Bozek.
Only one of the stories makes more than a passing mention of him, and notes that the Mokwa and Bialczak families had some connection. But the sum total of the investigation of the newspaper into Bialczak's role in the case is as follows:
That's it? That's the best they can do?
When the whole St. Stan's issue began to blow up, in addition to the wild accusations about the Archbishop and his motivations, there were people who were concerned that the Board was not rendering a full and fair accounting of the assets and cash of St. Stan's and what use the Board made of them. The worry was a lack of transparency-- and the Archdiocese may not be pleased by gaining knowledge of what was going on. This part of the story was dutifully ignored by the press for three years.
And now Bialczak's tow company is accused of cooperation with police corruption. It allegedly owes the city $700,000. And it is under further investigation by the FBI and the IRS.
And yet this guy gets a free pass from the media on how he manages the alleged millions of St. Stan's? Why?
Why won't the Post-Dispatch do the job of a free press and complete its coverage of this story?