Kentucky Central Issue: Ignored by the Media

The media (for some reason) hasn’t picked up on it. But. What prominent supporter of Ernie Fletcher was an attorney with Frost & Jacobs during the Kentucky Central hubbub? Take a wild guess.

Larry Forgy. Forgy, who is alleged to have made a pretty penny working for Frost & Jacobs during the time frame focused upon as of late, went on to run for governor and has been a thorn in Kentucky’s side ever since. Most notably in his support for Fletcher and his recent attempts to push the Kentucky Central matter into the limelight.

Is Forgy the man behind the curtain? Is he, as Fletcher’s most prominent supporter, the fellow pulling the strings?

Would be wise for a reporter to find out.

Rather than demonize Ryan Alessi or trash any other reporter who may or may not have all the facts (or who may have had facts edited from their story)– we merely beg everyone to dig into the matter.

What is Larry Forgy’s role today? What involvement does he have?  Is he, as someone who potentially profited from his firm’s role in the Kentucky Central liquidation, attempting to capitalize on the non-scandal today?  We’ll see.

Pat Crowley: What’s going on here?

We’re usually fans of Pat Crowley because he’s one of the few people who actually reports in Northern Kentucky.

But today? Seems like he’s using his column to promote the crazy Vets for Freedom group whether he means to or not. Here’s the headline and the first couple paragraphs of his column:

Vets for Freedom to rally in support of Iraq efforts

Vets for Freedom, a group that backs the war in Iraq, is hosting a town hall meeting at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Walton National Guard post near Interstate 75 in Walton.

The organization describes itself as “a nonpartisan organization established by combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan” with a mission to “educate the American public about the importance of achieving success in these conflicts.”

For more information log on to www.vetsforfreedom.org/.

Where’s his usual journalistic desire to question everything? VFF gets described as a nonpartisan organization with no mention to the contrary. Like it’s copied and pasted directly from a press release.

No mention that the group is heavily tied to Bush’s PR firm.

No mention of VFF’s Executive Director Pete Hegseth and his mission to cover up and make excuses for the outrageous soldier suicide rate while it’s the highest that it’s been in the U.S. Army in more than 26 years.

Now’s the perfect time to re-watch Andrew Horne’s appearance on Live with Dan Abrams from August 16th. Horne was on with Hegseth to discuss soldier suicide rates. Hegseth did his level best to spin the facts with no success, the entire time trying to refute the Army’s figures on suicide.




Far cry from educating the public about the importance of achieving success in Iraq, eh?

We hope Pat follows up on the Vets for Freedom visit to Kentucky without allowing the group’s controversial and questionable past to slip by the wayside.

Steamy, hot Tuesday goodness

Back in the USSR. Gorbachev comes to Kentucky to speak in Louisville tomorrow. Colin Powell will visit in April on his credibility restoration tour. [Hebert]

Freshly laundered money. The Associated Press picked up the campaign finance story written by Tom Loftus and dumbed it down so terribly that 99% of it disappeared. Way to go, AP, get rid of the meat. [AP via H-L]

Whistleblowing blows, man. Ernie’s whistleblower in the hiring scandal (Doug Doerting) is now helping Steve Beshear’s campaign. Ernie’s people are freaking out like there’s no tomorrow. [H-L, KY Politics]

Casino-free for one debate? Is that even possible? Billy Reed ponders whether or not it’s possible to have a gubernatorial debate without bringing up gambling. It’s certainly possible if guidelines are set. We’ve proved it here. [Billy Reed]

The facts. Make sure you have them when listening to McConnell spin about why he voted against children’s health care. [FactCheck]

Deep in the mines. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing today on mine safety. All kinds of witnesses are slated to appear. Very little in the mainstream press about the matter and we’re right in the middle of Mine Central, USA. [C-J]

WBKO’s Chris Allen Losing His Job?

From the Story That Won’t Die Dept

The Bowling Green Daily News reports on the ongoing saga of WBKO weatherman Chris Allen and the infamous breast milk video.

WBKO botched the situation by trying to cover things up, perpetuating the desire of millions to view the questionable video footage. It sent threats to people (us) who weren’t violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The station has acted from day one like this is the end of the broadcasting world. Station managers won’t even respond to our request for details relating to their outrageous cease & desist demands.

Instead of embracing the situation for what it is– a potential publicity dream come true– WBKO has continued to throw common sense to the wind and have embraced the role of media prude. (Hey, that role is reserved exclusively for US!)

Now we learn from WBKO General Manager and Vice President Rick McCue that Allen may be out of a job:

It is not clear when Allen will return on-air to AM Kentucky or other broadcasts on WBKO, McCue said.

McCue said he would not go into detail about Allen’s on-air return because it is a personnel matter.

How ridiculous is this? Via not-so-veiled language we can discern WBKO and some closed-minded media consultants are actually considering Allen’s termination. For what? Being human? What a sad shame. What a sad, cowardly shame.

Contact WBKO today to let them know you support Chris Allen and want to see him on-air.

Reminder: Media Ignoring Discrimination by Kentucky Farm Bureau

We remind you that only one major media outlet has paid attention to the story of Todd Eklof being fired by Kentucky Farm Bureau for supporting gay marriage.

One outlet. WHAS11.

Sam Moore, Kentucky Farm Bureau’s former president and current Board member admitted that Eklof was fired for supporting gay rights. KFB admitted it. And it falls to the wayside. Every media outlet in the state has turned a blind eye.

Why is the media afraid of this story? Does it have anything to do with the large amount of KFB advertising dollars? KFB’s 21 lobbyists, 8 of whom are active and key players in Frankfort? Maybe the $40,000 Hunter Bates was paid in 2004-2005 by KFB? Note to media: if WHAS11 can cover it? You, too, can cover it!

What is going on?

If you’re not talking about this with everyone you know– you’re complicit.

Statement from WBKO’s Chris Allen

“This video – which was never intended to be seen outside of the station – was part of a joke that was played on me during a lighter moment off the air several years ago. I regret that a former employee has decided it is something that everyone should see and took the liberty of posting it on the internet. I am embarrassed by the whole ordeal and humbly apologize for anyone offended by my actions.”

We won’t link to the open letter posted on WBKO’s website, lest they send a cease & desist letter. You’ll have to Google around.

Needless to say, it sucks that this video has seen public light by causing embarassment, sure. We’re a part of that suckiness. But it’s pop culture and is the current center of attention. What’s worse, the station was in denial mode and has taken the wrong initiative to quash the story. By threatening hundreds of people they’ve pushed it to the center of public attention like you’ll see on MSNBC’s Dan Abrams.

We’re sorry Allen has felt embarassment from his video snafu. We don’t think he should be ashamed and we definitely don’t think he should have been punished. If anything, it’s made him one popular television personality. Hopefully this is the end of the story.

WBKO Freaks Out, Damage Control Galore

WBKO’s Business Manager sent us the following message:


From: Paula Phelps
Subject: Copyright Infringement

This e-mail serves as notification that the video in the
story Bowling Green Weatherman’s Mistake at the URL:
http://pageonekentucky.com/2007/09/14/bowling-green-weathermans-mistake/
belongs to WBKO-TV and has not been authorized for use on your
website.

Please remove it immediately. Please contact myself or Rick McCue,
Vice President and General Manager at 2727 Russellville Rd., Bowling
Green, KY 42101. 270-781-1313 or rick.mccue@wbko.com.
I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials
described above was not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent
or the law. œI swear, under penalty of perjury, that the
information in the notification is accurate and that I am the
copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an
exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

/s/ Paula Phelps
Paula Phelps, Business Mgr, WBKO TV

Are they really trying to cover this up?

Page One isn’t hosting any of the copyrighted material ourselves. We would happily comply with removal if we did, in fact, host it. We merely provide links to the material. It’s hosted by hundreds of websites like YouTube, Google Video, TinyPic/TinyVideo, MySpace, Facebook, MetroMojo, the Oxygen network, the Oprah Winfrey Show (which actually called us in an attempt to obtain a copy of the video), TMZ, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN.

Matter of fact, a quick Google search returns more than 198,000 hits for “bowling green weatherman.” We’ve found more than 100 instances on YouTube alone.

Further, if the station meant to imply that they want us to remove hyperlinks– wouldn’t it be beneficial to say so in a letter? We’d oblige. Hopefully they’ll clear the matter up.

Surely Page One is not being singled out and WBKO has sent cease and desist letters to all outlets that actually host the alleged copyrighted material on their own servers.