The Aug. 3 headline screeches, “University of Kentucky board member’s company bidding on UK projects,” and the article opens with the statement, “A University of Kentucky Board of Trustees member who runs a construction company has bid on four building projects at UK since 2015 and has won one of them.” Wow. Surely the reporter has uncovered corruption that would rival BOPTROT.
Well, not really. As I read on, I could almost smell the smoking gun, but it turns out that the board member, Claude “Skip” Berry III, president of Wehr Constructors, has violated no law, breached no ethical boundary and apparently did absolutely nothing improper. Nevertheless, the article continues with innuendo and inference that Berry surely must be a rascal who is using his position on the UK Board for personal gain.
If, indeed, Berry had leveraged his board position to influence the bidding process, I would think he would have been successful on more than one of the four projects where his company submitted a bid. Since Berry did submit the low bid on one project, the article might have observed that UK saved a bit of money on that project.
This hit piece was uncharacteristic of this particular reporter’s journalism. She is normally fair and objective.