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Why Is The Mainstream Eating Chip Keeling Alive?

April 25th, 2012 by jake · 17 Comments

Seriously, why is this Chip Keeling story an Associated Press story? Why is this relevant to news? It’s beginning to smell like someone’s got a personal vendetta against the guy. [H-L]

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Tags: Business · Death · Downtown · Hype · JCPS · LG&E · Metro Government · Mitch McConnell · Music · Newspaper · Scandal · Sex · WAVE

17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Cantinflas // Apr 25, 2012 at 8:29 am

    I don’t know who’s crazier – Karen Sypher, or the editorial board at the C-J for allowing a PR release disguised as a news ‘article’ that only shows how coo coo this cougar really is.

  • 2 Mark H (Not Hebert) // Apr 25, 2012 at 8:40 am

    The question I would love to have answered with regard to the Chip Keeling story revolves around the surveillance/pursuit of him by police.

    If I read the story correctly, he was pulled over from driving on the wrong side of the road (obviously drunk) and told officers that he was responding to an accident involving a downed pole at Zorn & River Road. After he passed that area they pulled him over and he blew a 0.17.

    Why did they allow a man with a 0.17 BAC to continue to drive down a busy River Road where he could have hit an oncoming vehicle? Do the police commonly allow drunk drivers to play out their stories before giving them a sobriety field test?

    The police were obviously suspicious that he was intoxicated since they followed him and pulled him over.

  • 3 jake // Apr 25, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Yep.

    That is the story.

    Not this tripe a few vindictive people in the press are pushing for whatever reason.

  • 4 John Q Public // Apr 25, 2012 at 11:04 am

    They arent pushing anything. Additionally portions of River Road was closed to two way traffic for Thunder, so its probable at the time he was driving on the wrong side of the road it wasnt illegal at the time.
    Why are you defending someone guilty of a DUI?

  • 5 jake // Apr 25, 2012 at 11:10 am

    The story isn’t being pushed, eh? So why is it a handful of folks at WHAS11 freaked out and have been pressing people non-stop to cover the story? Why is it members of Greg Fischer’s staff were the folks to point it out to me in a negative, nasty way?

    No one is defending Keeling. In fact, we said yesterday morning that he needs help.

  • 6 Larry // Apr 25, 2012 at 11:13 am

    You’re kidding, right? You claim his getting clipped for a DUI isn’t a big issue? Aren’t you the one that got all over the metro parks guy for his mis-calculation?? What makes this any different? A little consistency…

  • 7 jake // Apr 25, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Who said it wasn’t a big issue?

    I believe I’ve said – repeatedly – that this is being pushed as a personal vendetta.

    And, for that matter, Mike Heitz is an employee of Metro Government. Chip Keeling is an employee of LG&E/PPL. Where’s the inconsistency?

    Mike Heitz drank and drove repeatedly. Greg Fischer knew about it. Tommy Clark knew about it. A whistleblower was involved and fired. WAVE3′s Eric Flack did a huge piece on the mess.

    If you want to draw comparisons, get your shit in check.

  • 8 curtis morrison // Apr 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    LG&E pollutes our air and water and accelerates climate change by refusing to invest in sustainable sources of energy in Kentucky.

    Chip Keeling tells us it’s going to be alright because the coal ash is recycled. Only by that he means Charah, Inc. is using it for fertilizer in forage crops, and sending it to Peurto Rico and Panama. (Where it may likely end up on their beaches as happened with prior lawsuit in that region). Just because they sent me a free light bulb, I’m not going to give them a break on their public spokespeople.

  • 9 jake // Apr 25, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Chip Keeling tells us what his bosses put on paper and tell him to repeat. Regardless of what you think about it or I think about it.

    He’s not running for public office or constantly asking for media attention.

    Just like with John Boel – though, Boel was a very public figure who wanted to be a household name – we’re all ignoring the bigger issue. That people get eaten alive/cannibalized by the press. Particularly at stations where female reporters sleep with PR folks to get stories, sleep with candidates to try to get information and operate with zero ethics.

    We’re ignoring that these people – while obviously doing something wrong – need serious help. Merely tossing people to the wolves does nothing to solve the problem.

    People need to get a fucking grip.

  • 10 The Highlander // Apr 25, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Where is one of those grips?

  • 11 Derbydeedsdonedirtcheap // Apr 26, 2012 at 12:05 am

    WOW!!!! who did Chip make mad. I have to agree this story is being pushed by someone. it’s was picked up by the AP and showed up as far as the Dallasnews and MSNBC . Mike Heitz gets drunk everyday of the week and his story never made it past the Lexington Ky news.

    “And, for that matter, Mike Heitz is an employee of Metro Government. Chip Keeling is an employee of LG&E/PPL. Where’s the inconsistency?”

    Got the point you silly bastards

  • 12 Steve // Apr 26, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Chip’s attorney pleaded not guilty to the DUI yesterday.

  • 13 The Highlander // Apr 26, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Steve: For himself or for Chip?

  • 14 Steve // Apr 26, 2012 at 8:31 am

    For Chip – his LG&E bio states he is a VP for LG&E. That is probably the reason it was picked up by the national press. I think they would have done the same if it was a VP for any other major company.

  • 15 Debbie // Apr 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Chip made an error in judgement when he drank and drove. When my son got a DUI in Lexington, he was so plastered he didn’t even know where he was. He stayed overnight in jail till I got him released, that alone scared the hell out of him. I wrote the officer a thank you card, by him stopping my son it saved his life. Chip needs to admit his error and move on.

  • 16 jake // Apr 26, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    He did. He clearly needs help.

    And simply being an executive at a non-government agency is hardly enough reason to drag this story out, folks.

    The manner in which the story is being bandied about by a few is the issue we’ve been writing about. Not that Chip drank and drove.

  • 17 Tipsy // Apr 26, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I think the story is being pushed by a few so they can prove a point if Keeling doesn’t lose his job. but the point is worthless in my opinion. you can’t compare someone drinking and driving in a privately owned company take home vehicle. to someone drinking and driving a tax payer funded take home vehicle. most people expect or government to hive higher standards than any privately owned company.

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