In 2010 I called attention to a curious aspect of media coverage of HOAs. I called it the “Unspoken Alliance of ‘No negatives about HOAs.’”[i] Of course, state legislatures did not believe that there were serious problems with HOAs as there was no news to report.
The pro-HOA lobbyist special interest national lobbyist, CAI, also saw and reported no evil with HOA-Land, while lauding the grand and glorious benefits of HOA-Land. CAI ignored the suppression of homeowners’ rights and freedoms under the Constitution, which other citizens still enjoyed. And then there are those public interest firms swearing to defend the Constitution, but who also saw no evil and reported none.
With all these news stories about homeowner issues across the land, no one really took a deep look into what the hell was happening. The reporters have not delved into such questions as: How come this is happening? Why is this happening? And asking policy makers and legislators, what are you doing about it? And following up to any responses such as, they agreed to the contract, and questioning the validity of such responses. That’s what the public expects from bona fide investigative reporting.
Why I wondered? It seemed that an Unspoken Alliance was the best answer. How else could this silence be explained? That the horror stories and legal arguments supporting violations of the Constitution and state laws were fairy tales, just myths by delusional people? That’s a “put-down” to good, decent people.
Today, Michael Smerconish saw the same problem in his morning CNN show with news coverage when he said,
“Where there’s no investigative reporting, government on the national, state and local level goes unchecked. . . . But without investigative journalism at the local, state and national level we would have never learned about . . .”[ii]
While he was not addressing HOA-Land, his opinion sheds light on why HOA reform legislation has not really accomplished much over the past 53 years since the inception of the HOA legal scheme.[iii] I whole heartedly agree.
Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite are not sleeping too well with today’s lack of deep investigative reporting. Where are the Woodward and Bernsteins, and Lowell Bergmans of CBS’ 60 Minutes (the tobacco/nicotine cover up)? I think too much political correctness muddied the water – don’t say anything bad about anyone. And so, the legislators hide behind, “I dunno” and “I know nothin.’”
There is more than sufficient documentation and legal authority out there for a probable cause investigation into the truth about HOA-Land, and who better than the media’s real investigative reporters to let the people know the truth.
“The Truth Is Out There”