WHAS11 Freaks Out

WHAS11 freaks out, claims copyright infringement on everything. No questions asked. So if you’re visiting our site in hopes of viewing an interview with Mitch McConnell from a week ago? Send us an e-mail. Or contact the DSCC/a hundred other entities who have a copy of the video.

Apparently their web folks are taking a page from the Aaron Ramey (please see The ‘Ville Voice for Ramey history) play book and don’t realize that it’s in poor taste to flip out instead of acting in a professional manner. Or maybe they don’t realize that criticism is fair game when it comes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Who knows?

People wouldn’t resort to posting video on YouTube for purposes of criticism if stations like WHAS11 could get their web presence in order. (We’re not holding our breath, neither should you.) It’s 2007. There’s no need to randomly and unreliably post Windows Media files on an unusable and confusing website. Get your butts in gear. Start sharing your content in a usable, functional manner instead of playing like it’s 1995. It’s a sad day when a blogger or YouTube user can harness your audience better than you can.

AKA: We’re betting dollars to donuts that you can’t get stats like these on a single segment:

WHAS McConnell Stats

And on a semi-related note: If you’re a web producer or reporter who is upset with something written about your station/paper/operation? Please think twice about sending ridiculous e-mails from your work account. Especially if your station/paper/operation is under new management and in the process of recovering from a terrible news director. Send stuff from home and try to refrain from composing your message with caps lock on. Come on, people. You’re adults.

Breaking: McConnell Staffer Responsible for SCHIP Smear Campaign

From Think Progress:

Yesterday, ThinkProgress reported that there was mounting evidence that a staffer for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) may have been involved in the right-wing campaign to smear Graeme Frost and his family.

ABC News reported earlier in the week that an e-mail sent to reporters by “a Senate Republican leadership aide” in McConnell’s office suggested that “GOP aides were complicit in spreading disparaging information about the Frosts.” A McConnell spokesman refused to deny the office’s involvement in the affair.

ThinkProgress has obtained an email that congressional sources tell us was sent to reporters by Sen. McConnell’s communications director Don Stewart.

What the hell is this? The most powerful senator in the United States has his communications director rely on blogs for information used to falsely attack children? When did the private lives of non-officials become fair game in political smear stunts? Do we really want to go there? Because we will if we must.

Mr. Stewart must resign and McConnell needs to apologize. Now.

Where’s the mainstream media on this?

Click here for the rest of the report.

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.