What will reporters do for access?
Quite a bit, based on this May 3 interview request (see below) from Rick Boone of WTTG-TV (D.C.’s Fox5) to then-Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts. The request follows unrest on the streets of Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, who sustained a spinal injury while in police custody. Batts was fired this month. The document below was among 7,000 e-mails obtained by The Post and other outlets in a public records request.
From: Rick Boone [Rick.Boone@FOXTV.COM]
Sent: Sunday, May 03, 2015 7:02 PM
To: Batts, Anthony
Subject: Hey from FOX DC!
First let me say I’m a POLICE fan!
I use to be a Reporter with FOX45 here in Baltimore, now down the street in DC.
As you can image I’ve been covering Baltimore last week, now reconnecting with old contacts.
I like to get an interview with you Commissioner on Monday.
Have a lot of friends in the department, and while at Ch.45 I’ve done a number of positive stories
on BPD and recruiting.
It would be cool to get another positive story out on the department from the inside. Talk to you,
discuss training, and how recruitment is an on-going process.
My story WILL NOT discuss Freddie Gray or the officers named in the investigation.
My coverage last week has been fair and always will be. Like to do a story to get the city’s
message of rebuilding out.
Hope to talk soon,
[Contact info redacted]
When asked whether it’s WTTG policy to promise positive stories, spokeswoman Claudia Russo responded, “No.” She confirmed that Boone is no longer with the station.