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Let’s Compare Mayoral Campaign Coverage

October 27th, 2010 by jake · 13 Comments

In A Kentucky Newspaper’s endorsement today, here’s what they say about Greg Fischer and the mayoral race, attacking Hal Heiner:

Mr. Heiner launched a misleading attack ad that suggested that Mr. Fischer had made improper commitments to lure independent candidate Jackie Green out of the race. Actually, as demonstrated by the e-mail trail that Mr. Heiner demanded be made public, Mr. Fischer had behaved appropriately. In approving the ad, Mr. Heiner violated his pledge not to engage in negative advertising — a promise Mr. Fischer kept.

Mr. Green’s withdrawal in favor of Mr. Fischer made good sense, since Mr. Fischer’s positions on environmental and transportation issues are more in line with the views that Mr. Green usefully introduced to this year’s political discussion.

As we all know by now, that’s just not based in reality. LEO previously addressed the Gannett paper’s purposefully slanted coverage, we’ve highlighted the facts and even gone in-depth with Green camp communications. To ignore reality is a shame. Especially when it comes to protecting an editorial endorsement investment.

Interestingly, LEO Weekly handled the endorsement scandal much differently and included details that were available to the Gannett paper, but for some reason were not published:

LEO reported last Wednesday that independent mayoral candidate Jackie Green told his staff that the Fischer campaign “raised the issue of our team” playing a role in Metro government while negotiating his departure from the race. “The (Fischer campaign) also raised the issue of our team playing a role inside gov. — should Greg get lucky. ;),” Green wrote his staff in an Oct. 13 e-mail.

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Under state law, candidates cannot make “expenditure, loan, promise, agreement or contract as to action when elected, in consideration for a vote.” Any person who knowingly violates this provision could be charged with a Class D felony, punishable by up to one to five years in prison.

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Fischer has since released an ad slamming Heiner, calling his attack “deceitful” for alleging that Green was given something in return for his endorsement and taking exception with LEO’s coverage.

“It’s pretty obvious, if you read the e-mails that we released last week, that nothing was promised to Jackie Green other than input,” says Fischer campaign spokesman Chris Poynter. “Unfortunately, your publication has chosen to focus only on e-mails between Green and his campaign staff. And you know, that is Green’s interpretation to his staff.

Click here to read the rest of that. Not surprising, Poynter defended A Kentucky Newspaper and attacked LEO’s inclusion of additional information to make the story more complete.

Finally, Jonathan Meador spent a day on the campaign trail with Greg Fischer. Check this bit about the ice and beverage machine:

Founded in 1974, ServEnd Distributors was bought by Fischer’s father in 1980 and renamed ServEnd International. Fischer’s work there has become something of a black eye for the Highlands’ businessman, who has been criticized for claiming to have invented the company’s flagship ice-vending machine, which put ServEnd on the map as a result of the convenience store explosion of the ’80s.

Court documents obtained by The Ville Voice show Fischer’s name on only one patent, No. 4,641,763, as co-inventor, while ServEnd co-founder Jerry Landers’ name appears on the remaining 13.

Fischer finds the criticism puzzling. “I don’t understand that. I co-founded a business in 1980, and Jerry Landers and I invented an ice and beverage dispenser. We started a business in a garage and built it internationally. Most people would think that’s a good thing,” he laughs.

Click here to read the rest of that story.

Unfortunately for Fischer, it is well-documented that he did not invent or co-invent an ice and beverage dispenser. Greg’s name is but a secondary on a patent for the development of a metal plate. A metal plate.. Not the machine that’s made up of 10-12 different patented pieces of equipment that were not developed by Greg Fischer. The actual inventor of that original metal plate, Jerry Landers, is even on record discussing the matter.

More:

Most people do believe improving a product is a good thing. They don’t, however, think misrepresenting what you actual did is such a good thing.

Tags: Gannett · Greg Fischer · LEO · Mayor's Race 2010 · Newspaper · Oops

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Steve Magruder // Oct 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Fischer: “I co-founded a business in 1980, and Jerry Landers and I invented an ice and beverage dispenser. We started a business in a garage and built it internationally.”

    Jaw-dropping dishonesty. Nearly on par with Bush’s Iraq whoppers.

  • 2 JamesH // Oct 27, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    It’s a damn shame that Fischer is going to be our mayor. This freaking city can’t seem to do anything right.

  • 3 blowin' in the wind // Oct 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    As mayor, will Greg give out ice and beverage dispensers to all of us poor kids? Of course, they will have to be battery operated for our little lemonade stands. Better get going, Greg, and upgrade the machine quick like a bunny!

  • 4 blowin' in the wind // Oct 27, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    JamesH, get out and vote; get your friends out to vote; get your family out to vote. All it takes is enough people doing the right thing for the community, one vote at a time.

  • 5 jake // Oct 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Fischer may well be our next mayor.

    But that doesn’t make his problems disappear. If anything, there’ll be an increased focus.

    While I believe Fischer will win, the latest SurveyUSA data allegedly shows good things for Hal Heiner. At least, that’s what reporters at the Gannett beast and WHAS11 are saying.

  • 6 Peegs // Oct 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    A few thoughts

    1) Jake, I want to commend you, Ed Springston and LEO for providing honest coverage of these elections, especially the mayoral election. It has really been great to follow
    2) It’s one thing for the CJ to be incredibly biased, but their coverage of this election has been just incredibly dishonest. It has not told the whole story, especially the Green-Fischer saga. It’s just disingenous
    3) I don’t have anything against Chris Poynter personally, but I don’t think I can stand to listen to the guy continue to spin BS like he has under the Abramson regime and will continue to do with Fischer’s (sadly I think Fischer will win)

    Again, thanks for your coverage

  • 7 Mark Stanton // Oct 28, 2010 at 10:36 am

    C’mon Steve….you can do better. On par with Bush’s Iraq whoppers? Surely your bias gets the best of you. I am tired of reading the criticism about this ice machine business. The basic fact is Servend, which was managed by Fischer, grew into a large business by selling patented ice/beverage dispensers to lots and lots of people. That is what most people remember and care about. How the story spins in business circles matters to few people.

    And this compares to justifying a predetermined launch of a war of choice based on nonexistant WMD?

  • 8 Steve Magruder // Oct 28, 2010 at 10:44 am

    No Mark, the basic fact is that Greg Fischer has been spinning a tale that simply is not true. Dishonesty is a recurring problem with Fischer, and it has been proven in spades, not just with regards to SerVend.

    No, Greg Fischer did not invent or co-invent an ice/drink dispensing machine. He was a secondary inventor on an improvement to such a machine. These machines have existed since the late 1950s.

    No, Greg Fischer didn’t “found” SerVend International. SerVend already existed. His father purchased the company, and Fischer then was put in charge of a _renamed_ company.

    Yes, I’m biased. I’m biased against congenital liars.

  • 9 Mark Stanton // Oct 28, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Was the SerVend International that the Fischers sold much like the business that was originally purchased? Did it even have the same name? Just curious.

  • 10 jake // Oct 28, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Mark: Yup. To both questions.

    SerVend something or other became SerVend International. Same kinda op. Same equipment, just a new metal plate with 3 holes instead of 14.

  • 11 Mark Stanton // Oct 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    And how many more employees? How much more in annual revenues?

  • 12 jake // Oct 28, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Newsflash. Here’s what I said. Very last bit of the post:

    Most people do believe improving a product is a good thing. They don’t, however, think misrepresenting what you actual did is such a good thing.

    Unfortunately, Greg Fischer never speaks about what he actually did – improve a product and grow a business. He claims he founded the company and invented an entire ice & beverage dispenser. Neither are true.

    I’m betting if Jerry Landers had millions of dollars to throw at his business, he would have been able to grow it himself. Because, as you’ll find out by reading Fischer’s own story and the bits here about Landers, all he contributed was George Fischer’s money.

  • 13 Mark Stanton // Oct 29, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    My newsflash.

    The bulk of my reply was pointed to Steve’s comment equating Fischer’s alleged dishonesty to Bush’s Iraq whoppers.

    I guess he did say “nearly”. Maybe we just disagree on the meaning of nearly. :)

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