This morning, there's an Associated Press story that insists the controversy over these ethical breaches "highlights broader challenges facing media companies that seek to publish Spanish-language newspapers in major U.S. media markets." One of those papers is Belo's own Al Dia, whose editor and president, Gilbert Bailon, addressed some of those issues with the AP:
"'The Spanish-language daily papers in the United States by and large adhere to the standards of the English dailies,' said Gilbert Bailon, president and editor of Al Dia, the Spanish-language sibling of Belo Corp.'s The Dallas Morning News. 'But I do think where you have some conflicts is that we all import people from other countries to work in newspapers.'
Journalists trained there may be unaware of government open records policies, making them more likely to use less reliable or anonymous sources.
'That doesn't mean they are unethical, it just means they may not have the same training,' Bailon said."