You Read That Hypocritical Hit Piece Last Night?

If you haven’t seen last night’s story about the disgusting new low set by the Courier-Journal, you should take time to read it this morning. It’s obscene. I know reporters who would quit their job before being forced to push that mess out. I want my city’s newspaper to be good because it has resources and influence. But this is shameful. [The ‘Ville Voice

Like scary Louisville history? You probably need to win this book from me. [Enter Today]

The Louisville Artisans Guild is hosting a holiday showcase. [Consuming Louisville]

Rand Paul leads Jack Conway by ten thousand million points in the latest SurveyUSA poll. [Page One]

Look, even if Karen Sypher were innocent? I’d still hope she got locked up. Cause the more I have to hear about these crazy ass conspiracies of hers, the more I die a little inside. Filing a child abuse report against her ex-husband and Rick Pitino. Wow. If I had kids? I wouldn’t let them play with her kids. [FatLip]

Racist New Albany cop – who gives a bad name to is colleagues, sadly, 99.99% of whom are terrific – gets a 40-day suspension. [FOX 41]

If you haven’t been following our statewide side, here’s a look at the Kentucky Democratic Party’s embarrassingly awful ad about the curbstomp situation in the U.S. Senate race. [Joe Arnold]

Home of the Innocents opened its five new buildings on East Market. [WAVE3]

Greg Fischer says he’ll be at tonight’s Fat Friday shindig. So be sure to ask him about his traffic accident. About his son’s marijuana arrest. Why his campaign staff spends countless hours trashing innocent people. Why he hasn’t condemned the C-J’s hit piece. Why he hasn’t released the remaining 100 names of advisers. Maybe also ask why he’s lying about the damn ice machine – still. [Twitter]

Garson & Ivory Sink To Nasty New Low

You know I don’t like referring to the Courier-Journal and usually call it A Kentucky Newspaper – primarily because of reporters melting down in the comments here and on Page One and trashing me all over the place because I have actual ethics. Because a reporter flat-out called me a liar in the comments (I proved him wrong). Because another reporter is a plagiarist. Because a web editor freaked out over a photograph of a newspaper box. Because there have been countless occasions when editors at that shit stain of a paper haven’t had the guts to properly cite me, my publications or others who deserve to be referred to by their full names, with complete URLs.

But I’m done.

We all know Dan Klepal outed a confidential source named Tyler Hess – something for which he may have been forced to do. And he spread it on WFPL’s website. On LEO. On Facebook. Everywhere. And then everyone at the C-J freaked out when LEO dared to question his reporting.

Funny how C-J – specifically Klepal – freaked at LEO for daring to use a confidential source. He went on for hours about how the C-J would never use an anonymous source. And then uses one in this latest mess. A source I hear is affiliated with the Fischer campaign.

We all know the GLI-Mayor’s Office series by Chris Otts has been withheld until after the election.

We all know the Fischer endorsement came weirdly on a Wednesday to stave off the horrible SurveyUSA data.

We all know Greg Fischer is the paper’s chosen boy. Because Greg is the establishment. Backed by the very people who have invested in me. Because the paper is the establishment. Backed by the people who want to keep this city in the dark ages.

Look at this:


You see that? It’s a hit piece, written by Klepal, about how horrible Hal Heiner is for not disclosing his dead ex-wife. Got it? DEAD EX-WIFE.

Republican mayoral candidate Hal Heiner acknowledged Thursday that he neglected to inform The Courier-Journal during interviews about his private life that he married and divorced in the 1970s before marrying his current wife of 33 years.

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Heiner married Beth Napier in 1971, at age 19.

The couple divorced in 1975. Napier is now deceased.

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An acquaintance of Heiner contacted The Courier-Journal Thursday, expressing disappointment that the story did not mention Napier.

Why is this relevant five days before an election? The woman is dead. It’s not like he was hiding some big, dark secret. And a divorce? Really? What’s the divorce rate in this state, again?

Garson & Ivory – the folks who ordered this hit piece – owe Louisville an apology. Gannett should seriously punish them. And Gannett executives need to hop on their plane and fly down here – this weekend – and demand reporters’ notes to verify these alleged anonymous sources.

Here’s what I know:

  • Dan Klepal tells people he didn’t want to run this piece – Garson made him. So I can’t really hold it against him. Besides, it’s not his call to print something. So don’t go blaming him.
  • Ivory tells folks that nothing is out of bounds when it comes to mayoral politics.

And since the C-J has sunk to a new low, let’s start talking about everything we know. Here’s a taste, everything is already common knowledge, but the press is afraid to talk about it:

  • Greg Fischer’s son, George, was arrested last month for buying marijuana. He was let off and the dealer is being prosecuted. Go read all about it on lmpd.com. And while we’re at it, let’s talk about how the kid caused a scene with Jim King’s campaign at the end of the primary. That’s definitely worth some new exploration.
  • Greg’s Caddy got wrecked recently and his campaign staff is working like crazy to keep that private.
  • Greg worked to bust up several unions at his companies.
  • Greg and his sister, Lynn, fought against unionization with the current arena behemoth downtown.
  • Greg also got hit with a lawsuit over collective bargaining at Cardinal Stadium.
  • Jerry Abramson’s son was pulled over while driving a city car. He also allegedly broke into a home with some pals and left his cell phone behind.

Should I go on? Since everything is fair game, according to the C-J.

This is absolutely disgusting. This is not journalism. This is propaganda. I encourage elected officials, journalists, reporters, media personalities, bloggers, Republicans, Democrats, observers to speak out about this crap.

Louisville cannot afford what the Courier-Journal is pushing as news any longer.

A Look At The SurveyUSA Mayoral Crosstabs

Let’s take a look at the crosstabs for the latest SurveyUSA poll on the mayoral race, showing Hal Heiner leading Greg Fischer 51 to 44:

  • 58% of men & 45% of women support Heiner, 38% of men & 50% of women support Fischer
  • 56% of those ages 18-34 support Heiner, 35% support Fischer
  • 49% of those ages 35-49 support Heiner, 47% support Fischer
  • 50% of those ages 50-64 support Heiner, 47% support Fischer
  • 52% of those aged 65+ support Heiner, 46% support Fischer
  • Meaning Hal Heiner has 51% margins for those aged 18-49 and 50+, while Fischer only has 42% and 46% respectively
  • 57% of whites support Heiner, 74% of blacks support Fischer
  • 3% of whites are undecided while 7% of blacks are undecided
  • 24% of Democrats support Heiner while only 11% of Republicans say they support Fischer. That’s the big shocker
  • Heiner has a 91% favorable rating, 15% unfavorables, 59%
  • 91% of tea partiers have a favorable view of Heiner, 81% have an unfavorable view of Fischer
  • 61% of Heiner supporters say they’re more enthusiastic for the 2010 election than those prior, with 39% say less. 38% of Fischer supporters say they’re more enthusiastic for the 2010 election than those prior, with 52% saying they’re less enthusiastic. Big enthusiasm gap, despite the message the local Democratic Party is trying to push today.
  • 51% of college grads support Heiner, 45% support Fischer
  • 44% of those making less than $50,000 per year support Heiner, 51% of them support Fischer

Suppose it’s not much of a stretch for me to say these are troubling numbers for Greg Fischer.