Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Are There No Workhouses?

Keep Christmas in your way and let me keep it in mineIt was a big Christmas party for at-risk kids that included piles of presents, Disney characters, and fireworks over Congress Park. You couldn't dream up a warmer holiday story ---but CapitalNews 9's rosy report Sunday didn't mention what organizer David Silipigno's best known for: the collapse of National Finance Corporation.

It was a chilly day in December 1999 when Silipigno's National Finance shut their doors, leaving over 400 workers jobless just before Christmas. Silipigno was later convicted of federal wire fraud charges, and in recent years has been polishing his image by dumping money into charitable causes. Should National Finance be mentioned every time you do a story about this guy? I guess that's the price of being a convicted felon, isn't it?

It's anyone's guess why reporter Sumi Somaskanda didn't put David Silipigno into context by mentioning his history in the Capital Region. Either she was overwhelmed by good cheer ---or she and her producers were totally clueless.