Okay, folks, if you’re going to personally attack me and accuse me of being misogynist, sexist, whatever based on reading 1/5 of a story, the least you could do is not admit to just regurgitating what you’ve been told.
“OMG! Let’s get outraged!” “Bring out the pitchforks!” “Fuck this horrible man who published public photos of a woman! He’s terrible!”
Here are the stories:
- Greg Fischer Screws LMAS More With New Hire
- Fischer’s New LMAS People Are Out-Of-Towners
- New LMAS Lady Is Some Kinda Porno Queen
- No One Wants Greg Fischer’s Job This Morning
- Greg Fischer, In His Own Buzzwords Of Wisdom
- Let’s Talk About LMAS Again For Just A Moment
- About Greg Fischer’s Latest LMAS Claims…
Those photos weren’t private, as you can see. They were all over the internet and promoted by her.
To beat it all, the photos weren’t even that much of the story. Since no one read beyond the very public photos that most certainly were part of her professional life, take a moment to soak it in.
If you still can’t stop regurgitating what Twitter stalkers like Joe Sonka… again, worked hand-in-hand with a Kay Hagan staffer (whose attorney was Joe’s website co-creator) to fabricate crap and defame me in 2011. I sued and won a settlement. He can scream and cry about how terrible I am all he wants but he and his pals were living and breathing that. All I’ll remember about him is that he’s spent years lobbing veiled homophobic insults like “swishy” my way and constantly suggesting that, because I live an open life, am less than equal to any brave, tough heterosexual. And that he, whenever he gets the chance, chooses to publicly claim I have mental health issues when he doesn’t like what I publish about fake Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. He’s tried doing the same thing to the Herald-Leader’s Sam Youngman since the day he stepped foot back into Kentucky — attacking his personal life, laughing at his struggle with alcohol and drug abuse, accusing him of having sexual relationships with people to obtain information. Really great, kind journalistic things to do.
Or maybe you want to spew whatever it is Melissa Chipman is throwing? The woman who spent a week on Twitter chastising me for being bothered that gay men can’t donate blood. About how it’s totally fine in this day and age and isn’t remotely discriminatory, that I’m a small, silly person for thinking the gay blood ban is at all hurtful at this stage in society. Please.
If that’s all you want to do? Just blindly throw the hypocritical bullshit pushed by people like them? Have at it. But come on. This isn’t some dumb media beef.
Seriously, screw this attack the messenger mentality a handful of Louisville media liberals always get wound up into when something like this occurs. Practice what you fucking preach. And if I’m insignificant/don’t matter/whatever, why on earth are you freaking out about this scandal at all? Why are you giving me the clicks and continuing to read? Why line my pockets? Why increase my public profile? Why on earth make people want to follow me more than they already do?
It’s fine to think I’m sexist, a horrible, terrible person. You’re entitled to your opinion. But here’s the deal:
Those photos were discovered by Karen Dickson, hardly a male and hardly a self-hating female, with the assistance of a bunch of other women. That’s all publicly available. I chose to publish them as part of a series of stories because they were coming out on television with or without me.
Publishing these stories no more makes me sexist than hugging a woman makes me heterosexual.
You can very easily read all of those stories and quickly ascertain that the photos aren’t the whole story itself. They’re just a small part of it. Really, just fucking read it instead of jumping down my throat like I’m the devil. Read the years and years of similar stories flowing out of LMAS here on this very website. Then jump down my throat.
Metro Animal Services, as former Courier-Journal reporter Dan Klepal pointed out yesterday, has been embroiled in countless scandals like this:
Dan Klepal // Oct 24, 2014 at 2:37 pm
Good report, Jake. More power to this young lady’s modeling career, but she’s being hired to run a very troubled agency with a history of, shall we say, underperforming directors who have embarrassed the city with various actions related to sex. You can’t tell me that, given the history, they would have hired her had they known about the pics. And you’re correct, this is not about sexy pictures or modeling careers, it’s about a Keystone Cops Mayor’s Office that has failed the people on Animal Services since Day 1 in office. I would have written about it.
That’s from a man I respectfully disagreed with for years. Without ever personally attacking or pushing nonsense. Leaving a well-reasoned comment about why the story is relevant.
Greg Fischer, upon realizing the mainstream media like WDRB would pick this up, falsely claimed all of this was a decade ago. You can see for yourself those photos are not only recent but taken by well-known photographers. Even promoted by Montgomery herself last year.
Those photos and a modeling career don’t make Jessica Jo Montgomery a bad person and no one here ever said they did. What I did say is that these photos show poor judgment and make her ill-prepared for a major public role in Louisville, paraphrased. Particularly in light of taking a $100,000 job running a large government agency embroiled in a years-long mess that spans two mayors and countless scandals. Many of them involving sexual harassment, running an escort service, having secondary employment similar to this.
Sadiqa Reynolds and Greg Fischer — knowing what a horrible state LMAS is in — didn’t bother to vet their hires. Fischer himself said he had no clue that Jessica Jo Montgomery was a professional model and neither did Sadiqa. Again, not her private life — she did this professionally. Yet they had no clue what their very prominent new hire had been up to.
They clearly didn’t vet anyone or they wouldn’t have hired a #2 who was fired from two previous animal shelter jobs and arrested at one of them.
I won’t be apologizing for this. If you think that makes me sexist instead of it just being a sexist act (which I dispute, as someone who has quite publicly been a proponent of women, people of color, the poor, animals and all the other lovey dovey liberal crap I love), that’s fine by me. But remember that you, in fact, don’t know me. You only know the bullshit you’ve heard or assumed. You don’t know my intent and you haven’t bothered to figure it out.
Finally, it’s fine to pick apart what I say because you’re mad. It’s fine to assume you know me or the kind of person I am because you’ve read a paragraph or seen a photograph. Totally fine.
But when it comes to making threats of physical violence, telling me I should kill myself (really? we’ve been down that road, which the former LEO reporter knew and referenced when she brought it up), hoping I get hit by a TARC bus, praying for my dogs to turn on me? When it comes to all of that? What the fuck is wrong with people? That’s how you express disagreement as professionals, journalists, upstanding citizens? Really?
Louisville needs to get a goddamn grip.
Finally: I won’t apologize for using words like “fuck”. Because it’s a word that adults living in this world can most certainly handle. Get a fainting couch.