Pitino Fans, Go Ahead and Change the Station

No one in the local TV market led a newscast with Ted Kennedy or Jim King or the nutjob who shot somebody down at Waterfront Park. Sorry, Coach, you can’t tell people what to watch, and they wouldn’t change the station from this soap opera if you begged them to. Which, I guess, you did.

Wish This Guy Was Still Coach: Billy Gillispie finally got caught driving drunk and spent a night/early morning in the Franklin County Jail. If he were still the coach at UK, it might’ve come close to eclipsing the Pitino story in the national press. [Herald-Leader]

Yes, We Were Weanies: Every TV station and newspaper at the Pitino press conference yesterday sent reporters from both the sports and news departments to the Yum Center, and no one in the room (including U of L’s Kenny Klein, we think), knew what he was going to say. Most were shocked at what the Coach said. But why in the hell did not a single reporter in the room shout out a question as Rick walked away? Does anybody miss Hebert? Would the assemblage have been as quiet if it were Jerry Abramson?

How are We Ever Going to Focus On the Actual Games Again? Late yesterday, the Southeastern Conference relaxed its new social media policy, saying that it’s OK for fans to text scores and photos to friends. But they still would prohibit blogging about the action on the field. This, from MediaPost:

“As for fans or other ticket holders, the SEC now says that ‘personal messages and updates of scores or other brief descriptions’ of games are okay, but that ‘real-time descriptions’ aren’t. That line appears impossibly blurry to draw, much less enforce. But fans who cross it, even if inadvertently, appear to risk landing in court.” 

Somebody please buy me a ticket to the UK-U of L game so I can challenge this one.

The Big U of L Story You Missed: The University of Louisville appealed a court decision that it was wrong to suspend a student for posting information on her MySpace page. This is one U of L needs to give up on. Jake’s on it. [Page One]

And Here’s Billy’s Take: Which is what most people think — The Rick should listen to advice and keep his mouth shut.  [BillyReedSays]

Obsession and Kissing a Pig

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Pervert-ibility City: Shit. Go figure. Just because we like Google-ing “cunt” we get tagged with the “Obscene City” title. Better get the tough son of a bitch attorney general on it. [Silicon Alley Insider]

Wonder What These Guys Were Googling: Back in April, we reported that local police were upset with WLKY-TV for prematurely reporting on their Operation Bulldog, a sex sting modeled after the TV show “To Catch a Predator.” Yesterday, the cops announced they’d caught 14 men who had tried to lure cops posing as under-age girls to have sex with them. They’re mostly white guys from the East End. [WLKY]

While We’re on the Topic: Rick Pitino, like many do during a personal crisis, is focusing on his work – basketball. And Pitino’s troubles haven’t hurt (could they possibly help?) recruiting efforts. A UK professor tells the AP that as long as Rick keeps winning, the scandal will blow over. And the Rick’s still on board for that motivational thingie Sept. 29. [Crawford, AP]

The Problem With Aspring to be like West Virginia: The Mountaineer Race Track, the first to add slots, is struggling to make it financially, in part because politicians keep taking bigger slices of revenue. Watch for this story to reappear next time Churchill brings up its need for slots. [Courier]

The C-J Editors are Hokey: They asked us to say that.  Still, as the dad of an incoming freshman, the start of fall classes is something to get excited about. We’re not letting up on the university, but I’m looking forward to Parents Weekend. [Editors]

Don’t Send Us a Bill: Remember how we told you about those new SEC rules about blogging at games? It’s the topic of a New York Times national story, which includes news that Wisconsin officials are sending bills to bloggers it determines are reporting on games. [NYTimes]

Media at the Fair: It’s WHAS-TV Day and either Andy, Rachel or Kelsey will be kissing a pig. Funny. I mean typing “kissing a pig.”

This is More About Context than Coffee

by John LaFollette
The ‘Ville Voice Correspondent

Here’s a head scratcher.  A story about local iced coffee runs in the Courier that includes a quote from Lynn’s Paradise Café manager Ashley Brossart that doesn’t cast the restaurant in the rosiest of lights.  Shortly after the story is published, Brossart is fired from her post after two and a half years at Lynn’s.

Lynn Winter, the restaurant’s owner, said that since the issue was personnel-related she couldn’t talk about the specifics of why Brossart was fired. “I get a lot of press—some of it’s accurate, some of it’s not,” she said, “but I would never fire a person over a quote.”

Not so, says Brossart, who recalls that Winter told her she was fired for “misrepresenting the restaurant,” and “disregarding [Winter’s] feelings regarding coffee.”

The quote in question is in the sixth paragraph of the story:

Lynn’s Paradise Cafe on Barret Avenue serves an iced coffee made with espresso, but front house manager Ashley Brossart says her customers are looking for a different kind of jolt. “A lot of people don’t come here asking for specialty coffee. Honestly, we specialize in mimosas and Bloody Marys.”

But here’s the rub: Brossart says she wasn’t quoted properly in the first place.  The quote that ran, she says, came at the end of a longer conversation with C-J reporter Larry Muhammad in which she said Lynn’s staff would bend over backwards to meet any and all customers’ drink requests.

Read the Rest After the Jump…

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Watch for the Game Police

By now, we’re all used to having ourselves searched as we buy a ticket and enter sporting events. Authorities don’t want you bringing in your own alcohol or guns or laser pointers or strobe lights or other contraband. They’ve got plenty of rules about what you can do or not do as a fan at a game. We know what those rules are about.

But now we’re heading to a whole new level of policing, as Eric Crawford discovered when he read the fine print on the credentials package he received from the Southeastern Conference. It included some rules for people who get media credentials, and more rules for you as a ticket buyer.

Say you decide to go this year’s U of L-UK football game, and you take your iPhone. If you decide to post game updates on Twitter, during timeouts, you could get yourself kicked out of the stadium, according to the new guidelines sent out by the SEC. Want to post a photo of yourself from your seats via Facebook? Don’t let the SEC catch you.

It’ll be interesting to see how serious the SEC is about the enforcement of all this.

Let’s say I buy a ticket and live blog the game for The ‘Ville Voice from my seat. Will SEC officials see my posts, then seek me out in section 227 to oust me? Will I have to hide my gear when ushers walk by? Wear a disguise?

Apparently they also want to be able to make an on-the-spot determination about media types and what they can get away with, because they don’t want anybody giving real-time descriptions of what’s going on. It’s all about protecting the broadcast rights holders, you know.  This is from the fine print on media passes:

“. . .the determination of whether a blog is a real-time description or transmission shall be made by the SEC in its sole discretion.”

Looks like I might have to become an anonymous post-er at games, and hope that Kenny Klein’s crew doesn’t come up behind me to read what I’m doing over my shoulder.

Two years ago, we were busy defying the NCAA and its prohibition against live blogging. At an NCAA baseball game, the organization kicked a blogger out of the press box for providing semi-live reporting of the action.

Now the powers that be are after everybody in the whole stadium.

Scandalous Stuff from Sports, Etc.

Sexploits in Sports: Eric Crawford pointed out that the hottest video on the Internet over the weekend was a peephole shot that might have been sexy ESPN reporter Erin Andrews – naked. Which gave the paper on excuse to include a giant photo of her on his blog, while Crawford wrote about what an invasion of privacy that was.  [Crawford]

McGraw Moves On: That didn’t take long. Diane McGraw sent another e-mail to the Sports Commission board yesterday, alerting them that she would be working on a non-profit project called the Dare to Dream experience. Note that the link she provided referred to a 2006 event. No doubt she’s got a sweet severance package from the GLSC. Oh, yeah, she reminds the board in the letter that she resigned and wasn’t fired. Right. [Dare to Dream]

Local, Local, Local: Looks like ESPN believes in the future of hyper-local sports reporting. It’s launching localized websites in New York, L.A. and Dallas, focused on those cities’ local sports franchises. Maybe the web will be where the best writers end up after all. [LA Times]

If Only We Had a Local TMZ: Then we’d know all about the baby girl, Eva, born yesterday to Elizabeth and Jack Conway. Everybody’s healthy and happy. Having his primary opponent’s campaign strategy in the U.S. Senate race exposed was a nice bonus for Jack. Read about that on [Page One]

Lost His Cool: New interviews with PRP football players at that Aug. 20 practice reveal that coach Jason Stinson lost his cool and was angry with his players on the day Max Gilpin collapsed.  We get it — Stinson’s practice was tough, but the question remains as to whether it was criminal. [Courier]

Finally, Finale: Hoping the Bats game gets done early tonight. I’d hate to miss the finale of Southern Belles, which promises something shocking and scandalous other than the fact that the show exists. It airs at 10 on SOAPnet, Insight 75. UPDATE: Oops. The show’s on Thursday. We’re safe. So come on out tonite to the game. [Courier]

Pre-4th Media Meanderings

Awarding Behavior: LEO’s Phillip Bailey picked up a NATIONAL award from the organization of alt-weeklies. His stories on a West End resident, a controversial radio station decision and last year’s fiasco over the homophobic flyer that influenced a Metro Council election got the attention of the AAN. Worthy of re-reading. [AAN]

Fixed Sidewalk: Our pals at Broken Sidewalk, the local blog about neighborhoods, is back up to speed after a short hiatus. Welcome back! [Broken Sidewalk]

He Got What Was Coming: J.D. Sparks, the loony Republican who tried to stop LEO from filming a GOP fundraiser, got a $250 fine and an order to stay away from LEO writer Jonathon Meador. For no extra charge, he got humiliated publicly, threw away his chance at a political future, and became a persona non grata with the local party. On the bright side, he gets to keep his guns. [S. George]

Heine on the Web: It’s generally hard to get us to say “Ooh, that’s cool” about a local retailer website. But then there’s this new one from Heine Bros. [Heine]

Telling Anthem’s Side: Deb Moessner, president of Anthem, did one of those WAVE Hot Buttons to explain that Norton just wants more money, which is why the two parties split. I’m expecting some C-J editorials from both sides tomorrow. I kind of like this new trend of settling public arguments in the media. [WAVE]

Belles Again: It’s episode 7 tonight, in which Kellie (now the most troubled and, therefore, most intriguing, Belle) figures out she can get pregnant, but the current long-distance BF wants none of that. And Shea goes crazy wedding shopping, though we know the wedding will never take place. Fickle Hadley has a date. At 10 tonight on SOAPnet.

Better to Read Something: I heard Esquire editor A.J. Jacobs is coming to the Idea Festival this fall, so I read his book, “The Know-It-All,” about his experience reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica. Funny, funny stuff, and it does make you feel smarter. Not as smart as if you read the whole thing, but still. [IF]

48 Hours Deadline: We’re big fans of the 48-Hour Film Festival, which is coming up later this month. Thus far 38 teams of filmmakers are signed up, leaving about 10 spots open. If you hurry. Teams get their assignments July 17, and the films will be screened July 22-23.  [48 Hours]

And on KET: Tomorrow’s Comment on Kentucky features Ryan Alessi of the Herald-Leader (who broke the KACo story), Al Cross and Laura Cullen Glasscock of the Kentucky Gazette.

And the Journalism Winners are…

Some of our favorite media types took home trophies at the 2009 Metro Journalism Awards presentation last night. We didn’t enter, because . . .

  • A – We Didn’t Want to Pay the Entry Fee
  • B – Our trophy shelf is full and there is no wall space.
  • C –  If we won something, we would have felt obligated to attend the Awards ceremony.

There’s a new online category, with just two awards. One went to Business First and the other to the C-J (deserved, to Peter Smith for his religion writing). Still, none of these awards went to independent media operations, which, let’s face it, are competing every day for the hearts and minds of news consumers.

For you journalism junkies, it’s worth taking a look at the list to see who’s doing good work. I didn’t count up the number of winners for each media organization, afraid of setting off another online battle between newspaper and TV staffs. You can count ’em up if you like.

Read the List of Winners After the Jump…

Read moreAnd the Journalism Winners are…

End of a Bitching Post

Other than The ‘Ville Voice, it would be our guess that the most-visited website by Courier-Journal staff members during the last few years has been Gannett Blog. But as of Oct. 1, there will be no new Gannett news and gossip at the site, operated by former C-J staff member Jim Hopkins.

Hopkins, in announcing his plan to shut down the blog, says he never anticipated the number of comments that the site generated, and he says he, like us, is committed to reading every one.

In its two years, the site has served as a place for Gannett employees to complain about their employer, and as a watchdog for the media company’s actions, chronicling the rumors and eventual reality of layoffs and cutbacks at newspapers and TV stations across the country. Hopkins always reported the news with a reporter’s interest in accuracy, even as he fought battles with Gannett management.

The Courier-Journal was referenced 92 times, most recently after publisher Arnold Garson’s “all-is-well-with-us” essay.

Tuesday: Clear Skies and Conflicts

It’s Tuesday, so be sure and tune in to the CW this morning at 10. You might win something…

The Black Hat at the Arena Goes to:  Turns out that Jim Host and Mortenson Construction are none too happy with Wilhelm, the company responsible for the “human error” that caused the concrete collapse at the arena last month. And let’s just say “surprise” was the nice way an official put it when asked what he thought about Wilhelm not showing up for yesterday’s arena meeting. [Joe Arnold]

Happy Birthday: The local Broken Sidewalk blog site, which takes note of changes in local buildings and neighborhoods, is celebrating its first birthday. The V.V., by the way, first launched in 2006, joined by Page One in 2007. [Broken Sidewalk]

From Here, But Not Like Us: The premiere of SoapNet’s Southern Belles is Thursday, so the C-J did a feature to let us know that Shea Johnson, who wants to get engaged, flies to Chicago to shop for $250K wedding rings. And then there’s Emily Gimmel, the TV reporter and aspiring celebrity. We’re not sure we’ll be able to resist watching. The show is on Insight’s channel 75 here. [Courier]

Constable and the Cowboy: Somebody needs to get rid of the office of Constable in Jefferson County. Adam Walser’s report makes it clear that David Whitlock has no business carrying a gun and writing tickets, and the real law enforcement people call him a wannabe. But what’s with Walser’s cowboy outfit? Watch and chuckle. [WHAS-TV]

Decision Day for Jerry?: The Mayor says he may announce today whether or not he’s going to veto the labor standards ordinance passed by the Metro Council last week, rather than wait another week as we expected. As we’ve said, he’s going to veto it, and probably just doesn’t want to prolong the decision. [Fox41]

A Little Late to be Making Suggestions: There’s finally been a contract awarded to rebuild the Harrods Creek Bridge, at a cost of $2.3 million, by December. Now that the issue is settled, River Fields is making noise that it wants to open the bridge next week because it doesn’t believe the work will get done in the time frame suggested by Metro Government. [Courier]

Anybody Want to Run Otter Creek?: After a lengthy delay, Metro Parks has put together specs for an RFP to see if there’s anybody out there who wants to operate Otter Creek Park.  You’ve got 60 days. Let’s just say we’re skeptical. [WHAS Radio]

Back in Civilization: Jake’s back to causing trouble for people over at Page One after a trip to the mountains.  [Page One]

Derby Winner, and Everyone Else, Moving On

After keeping everyone guessing for 36 hours or so, Mine That Bird’s handlers made the only decision that makes sense — they’re sending their horse to the Preakness. Billy Reed’s in charge of assessing Saturday’s winners and losers.

Other dreary Monday happenings:

Browning’s Set: The long-awaited opening of the Browning’s restaurant at Louisville Slugger Field seems set for May 16, according to the C-J. We’ve noticed plenty of activity around there lately. Anoosh Shariat says he’s going to open a catering business next door, at the former Park Place, and that his group is spending a half-mil on the project. [Courier]

Same Bat Channel: Speaking of the ballpark, the Bats open a long homestand tonight against Rochester. Stay tuned to the Ville Vooice for some special offers from us for Bats fans.

The Eats is On: Hey, we’ve got a whole crew of new writers hammering away over at Ville Voice Eats. Check out stories on the swine flu, some local reveiws and Schnitzelburg, with more on the way. [Ville Voice Eats]

In Boston, the Globe Lives Another Day: It really was possible that the Boston Globe was headed for closure due to a union dispute. Crisis averted, for now, but it’s not as unlikely as we once thought that a major American newspaper could shut down. [Globe.com]

“Intense Scrutiny”: Former U of L professor Robert Felner’s attorneys don’t think their man can get a fair trial here, in part due to “intense scrutiny on local Internet blogs” which is their code for Page One. But we do have readership in the rest of Kentucky where the lawyers want to put the proceedings. [Page One]

CW Rumor Mill: We’ve heard the new buyer of the local TV station is from Iowa, too.  But there’s still no confirmation from the station.

More Sweeps Stuff: WLKY-TV has a new angle on the Meth Problem — how much it’s costing law enforcement officials to fight meth, which it calls the meth capital of Kentucky. [WLKY]