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.

It’s Ernest Lee & Steve Day

Steve Beshear smoked Ernie Fletcher on Kentucky Tonight’s debate last evening. As John Stamper says, they argued bitterly and Ernie took the brunt of things. Who knew Steve could hold his own? [KET, H-L]

Fletcher and Beshear trade jabs on ethics. You fill in the blanks. [C-J]

Judge denies Williams’ request to stop ethics hearing. No one is surprised. [PolWatchers]

Fletcher and Beshear agree on ‘Bucks for Brians’ and Ernie pledges $100million if re-elected. Vote buying? Everyone waits with baited breath for Steve Henry to claim he contributed millions to the program. [PolWatchers, C-J]

Jim Bunning was wrong. 57% of Kentuckians disapprove of the war. 11% unsure. You know what that means. 3/4ths of Kentuckians think it’s a crock of shit. [PolWatchers]

Ernie debuts faith-based office this week. The Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives is modeled after Dubya’s plan and will seek to provide government funding for religious orgnization, further blurring the separation of church & state. [C-J]

Fletcher & Beshear to debate at NKU on Oct 3, 7:00 P.M., will be broadcast around the state. WCPO, WAVE3, WKYT, WNKU radio. [Enquirer]

Okay, a non-gubernatorial story. Anne Northup is hard at work raising money for Erwin Roberts’ bid against John Yarmuth. [NRCC]

Someone is paying attention to the economy. Federal Reserve cuts key short-term interest rate by half a point from 5.25% to 4.75%. First cut in four years. [CNN]

Don’t forget the mainstream media’s blatant attempt to ignore Kentucky Farm Bureau’s discriminatory practices.

KY Farm Bureau Admits Discrimination, Media Ignores It

Todd Eklof, minister of Clifton Unitarian Church in Louisville, spoke to his congregation in late 2004 about the importance of putting an end to discrimination. He vowed to stop performing marriage and commitment ceremonies for all couples until the anti-gay marriage amendment passed in 2004 is overturned.

Kentucky Farm Bureau (Todd’s employer) didn’t like this stance and fired Eklof shortly thereafter. KFB has claimed in court documents for nearly three years that he was fired for attendance and performance issues, though Eklof has consistently been able to prove (via court documents that are publicly available, No. 05-CI-09390, Jefferson Circuit Court Division 8 ) otherwise. (Read the full story here)

Rev. Eklof’s luck changed in May of this year when Sam Moore, president of KFB at the time of Eklof’s dismissal and a current member of its Board of Directors, admitted under oath that Kentucky Farm Bureau fired Todd Ekloff for being supportive of gay marriage.

Page 29 of the deposition, lines 19 and 20, Moore says in response to the question of why Eklof was terminated, “The marriages, I think. I think that was the main thing.” Click here for the complete deposition.

Sam Moore - KFB Deposition



On September 4, 2007, Eklof sent a press release detailing the admission to every major press outlet in Kentucky. No one covered the story. Not so much as a mention. Kentucky Farm Bureau has one of the largest lobbying entourages in Frankfort and claims to be the “Voice of Kentucky Agriculture” and no one covered the story of admitted discrimination and violation of the Fairness Ordinance.

Where is the mainstream media? Why aren’t the Courier-Journal or Herald-Leader covering this matter? Where are the major television news operations? Why is the story being ignored? Could it have something to do with Kentucky Farm Bureau being one of the largest advertising forces in the state? Are news organizations afraid of losing advertising dollars as a result of coverage? KFB has been known to throw its weight around in the past and it seems likely that the same thing could be happening here. We’ll never know unless the media wakes up.

Further, why is Kentucky Farm Bureau, an organization solely in place to further the interests of farmers and agriculture, advocating against gay marriage in its policies handbook?


KFB Handbook



Everything about this story stinks. We’ll wait to see if the press ever touches it.

Louisville’s Bristol Discriminates

Well-known peace activist Corey Nett had his civil rights violated last month by the Bristol chain of restaurants in the Louisville area when he was asked to move to the back of the restaurant or leave. Nett, who has cerebral palsy, was told that his voice was allegedly annoying other customers.

Just about anybody in their right mind understands this is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Here’s the story:






If you’re an elected offical, candidate, member of the press or prominent individual and you happen to eat at the Bristol– rest assured that you’re likely to be questioned and called out by activists for supporting discrimination.

Is the rumbling we hear the beginning of a major boycott? Will the Bristol do the right thing?

What’s Your Rank? Health of Kentucky Counties

It’s no surprise that smoking, poor nutrition and lack of insurance put Kentuckians at risk. There’s a whole host of other issues to tackle, though, and for the first time ever all 120 Kentucky counties have been ranked from most healthy to least healthy.

Maybe health care is more important than gambling? Maybe health care should be taken more seriously? Wait, wait– we apologize. Gambling and alleged accountability are the most pressing issues facing Kentuckians.


120 County Ranking - Health



Oldham County leads the pack as the state’s healthiest. Wolfe County is at the bottom. No surprise, as Oldham is also one of Kentucky’s wealthiest. Wolfe is among the state’s poorest, as are the other ten counties ranked as Kentucky’s least healthy. All ten lowest-ranked counties are in Appalachia. Further evidence that our gubernatorial candidates should be focusing on the eastern part of the state.

While not the most important, we found it notable that Kentucky leads the nation in work-related injuries. Nonfatal injuries are 28% higher and fatal injuries are 75% higher than the national rate. Mostly thanks to our high concentration of workers in risky industries like mining and manufacturing.

Notable statistics: % of high school graduates: Oldham 87, Wolfe 54; % of uninsured: Oldham 8, Wolfe 21; number of drug arrests per 100k: Oldham 37, Wolfe 2,128.