Chief sucker-puncher on the McNeely story has been Sherry Sylvester, who edits Texas Media Watch, an online political newsletter. According to Sylvester (on the Houston Chronicle op-ed page last week), "The district attorney is presented positively in [McNeely's] story, and the targets of the investigation, Republicans and businessmen, are presented negatively." That's the best she can do: A story that recounts an official investigation of alleged corruption makes the investigators look better than the suspects. Sylvester denounces McNeely's "ethical breach" and the alleged refusal of the state's papers to make a big deal of it.
The Houston Chronicle identifies Sylvester as "the director of Texas Media Watch, an Austin think tank." (Sylvester appears to be the only employee, and very little thinking visibly goes on there, but OK.) A few days earlier, in a ponderous mea culpa on the controversy by "senior editor/reader advocate" David House, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram had referred to Sylvester's newsletter as a "nonpartisan media watch-dog project."