Do You Remember Chris Parente From WAVE?

Surely you remember Chris Parente from back in the day at WAVE3.

He’s had some, ahem, fun lately:

Something tells us he wishes he could have a do-over so that video won’t have been seen millions of times.

And what the heck kind of ego does a person have to have to be so unprepared and disrespectful of another person’s time? When you get paid tens of thousands of dollars to talk at a camera a few minutes a day, the least you could do is watch whatever it is you’re supposed to discuss.

WHAS11 Made A Great Call Removing This One

Dozens of people have written in to ask about this:


Do we really need to count all the reasons she needed to be let go as a journalist?


No, we don’t.

Because character assassination — the kind she jealously practices when it comes to her colleagues and a certain future political candidate/current officeholder — is not a game worth playing.

Though, the shady and unethical way she reported on the sidewalk expansion on Lower Brownsboro is a good place to start if you’re looking for one.

WAVE’s Eric Flack Continues JCPS Nonsense

The last time we ripped apart one of Eric Flack’s (WAVE3) stories, we stopped short of calling his work absolutely terrible. Yes, good reporters can do terrible work.

So let’s do that now: Eric Flack is doing terrible work and ought to be replaced when his contract is up. Because he’s doing terrible work and edges on being a generally awful, unethical reporter. Goodness knows WAVE has replaced better reporters for lesser reasons on countless occasions.

From filing open records requests on family members (that’s why we redacted the person’s name – it was a relative!) under the guise of researching Jefferson County Public Schools to pulling things out of his rear end? Well, it’s time to completely write the dude off as serious.

He’s trying to play the role of JCPS expert while having no business covering the school system. He’s trying to discuss an audit (along with re-hyping the bogus story we hit him on the last time) from Adam Edelen that hasn’t even begun to be wrapped up. He’s going out of his way on social media to create hype where there is none. To Edelen’s credit, he’s tried to calm him down.

But the latest move by Flack to appear on 84WHAS to trash talk is ridiculous. Flack appeared on-air with Mandy Connell’s replacement, Leland Conway – someone who has been pretty loud in the state about trashing public education. More to the point: he’s one of those religious charter tea school folks. Flack provided his opinion on several issues and went so far as to make claims about the Jefferson County Teachers Association meddling in snow days. Claims so absurd that JCTA called in to the show to correct him.

We’ll overlook the nonsensical rant Flack went on about families losing money because they have to reschedule vacations due to snow. Let’s focus on a bit of what he said about JCPS and JCTA:


Conway: There’s not even a willingness to look at trying to be flexible for the sake of appearances.

Flack: There are union issues here at work. I don’t know the ins and outs of em and I don’t … we have a very, very strong teachers’ union here … that doesn’t just necessarily agree to everything that the school district wants to do. Just because it might be in the best interest of scheduling.

Teachers work a long time and they’re not necessarily open to being kept longer just because that exactly what would be best for the schedule.

Conway: That’s interesting because in yours and my world, if you get called in to do storm coverage, LAUGHTER, we gotta show up. MORE LAUGHTER

Flack: That’s true, that’s true. But, the, the, the union, the teachers’ union world is a little bit different. And they, they have a strong negotiating power and they have a big say when it comes to work.

Conway: Which I think is at the expense of the parents. Listen, I found the story interesting and that’s why I called you. Because I just thought, you know, there’s a lot of, it sounds, on the surface you go, “Aw, wah wah, somebody’s vacation.” But when you think about it, when you start talking about booking to Florida or some families might book a cruise or some families might want to go somewhere, you’ve gotta do that way out in advance, especially in today’s economy to save a few bucks here and there.

It actually is a pretty big deal and if these families are getting hit with 5, 600 bucks they weren’t expecting because, you know, we’re inflexible and uncreative, I find a problem with that on behalf of the taxpayers.

Flack: Absolutely and, you know, it’s, it’s unfortunate, it’s putting a real wrench into peoples’, uh, plans. And, you know, travel insurance won’t even, basic travel insurance doesn’t even help in situations like this because it’s basically not covered.


The call ended and Conway went on a rant:


Conway: If you’ve got a union that’s standing in the way of common sense solutions, is it pretty hard for you to wrap your head around the fact that in some cases they’re not really keeping you, the taxpayer, the funder of their salaries, the, the, the customer on the customer end, they’re not keeping you in mind? Because they don’t want to work a little later?

Because, like I said, in Raleigh, North Carolina, … they’re doing school on Saturdays. That, that, that is, in, in, the thing about that is, is that that displaces parents and teachers. It’s kind of a hey, we’re a community, come together, we didn’t expect this this winter, so let’s figure it out. Everybody’s got skin in the game. Parents don’t necessarily want to give up their Saturdays to take Little Johnny to school and neither do the kids. But you gotta do it or else everybody gets inconvenienced at the end of the year.

Bottom line is: The reason why they cancel school at the drop of the hat – there’s some safety concerns included but they’re gonna tell you it’s all safety – it’s not all safety. If 90% of the roads are clear but 10% are not, they don’t get the funding for the 10% of kid they don’t pick up in the bus. That’s part of what goes into the snow days decision. They’re not gonna like me saying that but it’s the truth.


The show went on break and when it returned, Conway made the typical global warming-denying teabagger commentary and promptly got back on the anti-union wagon.

He also took a few calls. One of them was from DeeAnn Flaherty, Executive Director of JCTA:


Conway: Thanks for callin in, whattya got?

Flaherty: I’d actually heard that Eric Flack had basically kinda laid the blame at our feet in terms of saying that we were inflexible, um, and, that’s really not the truth.

In, In terms of the calendar, the school board controls the calendar. They determine makeup days and they determine, um, if you realize a couple weeks ago, they voted in, in, to take the days in February and things like that. Um, we have never been approached officially about going longer hours. We were approached um, what I would say, “Well, hey, you know, what about something like this?” And we said, well, you know, we might be able to make something like that work. Like that other teacher said.

We have a lot of teachers that might prefer to go longer in the day than to go longer into the summer. Because it’s not just the parents that you’re talking about with vacation plans. We have teachers with vacation plans.

Conway: So you guys are more flexible than maybe the, uh, the, the school board is making it seem.

Flaherty: I don’t even know if it’s really the school board that’s making it out that we’re unflexible (sic). Um, you know, I apologize, I was actually phoned and told that this conversation was happening and that we were being, uh, called out as being, um, uh, unflexible(sic). And so, um, all I heard was that, uh, that the school board had said that, you know, that the law doesn’t allow it.

I can’t speak to that, I’m, I’m driving in my vehicle right now so I couldn’t really look up the law for you. But, if it’s a possibility, we don’t, we don’t ever turn our noses to anything to try to make things easier.

Conway: What do you think of the way, like, and I gave the example of I’ve got family in Raleigh, North Carolina and they had obviously less snow days than us but the most, they had like a record number of snow days – seven – which is like, we’d be like, oh, that’s fine. … It’s a really big deal for them and so what they did is they’re going to Saturday school, um, for like the next seven weeks to try to make it up.

Is that something you guys would consider either, you know, as an either or partly we’ll do an extra hour a day or we’ll do an extra day a week or whatever. Is that something you guys would be willing to have laid on the table to avoid screwing up everybody’s vacation?

Flaherty: You know, something like that, that’s a big deal. It would be something that, and I know it’s, it’s a lot of people think that we operate in a void and that we don’t actually check with our members on issues, that would be something that we would, we would take to our membership and say, “Hey, what do you all think about this?” So, I mean, again, we’re not shutting the door to anything.

Conway: Let me ask you a question because I remember a couple weeks ago – we’re talking to DeeAnn, she is, uh, the executive director of the teachers association – it, something perked my interest a couple weeks ago, there was a news story floatin around about how the JCPS board had met and they were havin to decide, um, you know, what to do about snow days and all that kinda stuff. And I thought, it’s kind of interesting, it fascinated me that we had this big meeting to make a decision about whether or not we were gonna use snow days that were already available to us.

Is, are you guys a part of that process or did they just —

Flaherty: No.

Conway: Okay, that seems odd. That seems like you ought to be a part, the teachers ought to be a part of it and then we would be able to work these things out. Everybody would be in the same room together.

Flaherty: … Let me clarify that. In terms of, obviously, we don’t have a vote at the table. Um, we, uh, they do, they will ask our opinion, “what do you think about this?” and what we try to do is, we try to give them the good, the bad and the ugly. But ultimately, in terms of the final decisions that are made, the calendar belongs to the school board.

Conway: Yeah, that’s interesting.


Uh, you know, just basic reporting that Flack could have and should have done before getting on the radio to run his mouth with Mandy Connell Junior. Which is exactly what he did in an attempt to show some sort of bizarre prowess.

Snark and innuendo is fine when you’re communicating as a columnist. But Flack appeared on the radio under the guise of journalism and WAVE3 News. If this were Toni Konz of the Courier-Journal editorializing and making inaccurate claims? Gannett would have fired her a couple days ago.

No wonder we hear through the grapevine that JCTA (an organization we love to hate here, mostly because of Brent McKim) was considering a lawsuit on behalf of one of its teachers for the way Flack treated them during his ridiculous travel story.

The bad reporting just won’t quit.

P.S. For those unfamiliar with Leland Conway, he’s a used car salesman who worked in Lexington for a bit. He’s excused racism in the past, intentionally misinformed people about the tea party, repeatedly furthered liberal boogeyman myths and allows his own racial ignorance to pervade everything he does.

Local Paper Loses Another To A TV Station

A Kentucky Newspaper is losing yet another reporter to a television station. But this time to WLKY – not WDRB.

Digital guy Mark Vanderhoff is leaving effective today, according to multiple folks at the Courier-Journal. Since he’s going to a competitor, there’s no two-week notice.

Definitely a big loss for the paper as it attempts to turn things around.

Joe Arnold Actually Kicked Butt & Took Names

We love to give Joe Arnold crap because he’s one of the few remaining political reporters on local teevee.

But he’s right on this one (read from the bottom up):

A lazy local newspaper reporter couldn’t be bothered to do actual reporting on the “OMG ASHLEY JUDD NUDITY!!!1!” non-story. So Joe Arnold decided it was necessary. And he defended himself appropriately.

Hear A Local Teevee Guy Lose His Marbles Live

Occasionally during an incident where the media is present, a reporter or camera person will lose their marbles, get super-egotistical and treat emergency workers or fellow media folks with absolute disrespect.

Like this incident a few minutes ago:


We can only assume it was someone with WLKY who needs an attitude adjustment. Because this is local teevee, not Good Morning America.

Get Ready For Barry Bernson’s New Book & DVD

We’re not fans of giving people free advertising – especially when those people are Carol Butler, who had that fancy do-nothing-for-$80,000-per-year “job” with Jerry Abramson. So you know this is a big deal.

We’re fans of Barry Bernson and think getting hyped up over his upcoming book is a good thing:

The DVD alone (you know you almost peed during those clips) will be worth the purchase price.

Bernson’s a Louisville legend and looking back at his 700 years in local television is going to be fun.

How Much Hype Can Local TV Produce This Week?

Here’s what police can’t tell you about this case: they believe Gregory Holt’s murder was in retaliation for an attempted murder the previous evening – by his mother. And drugs are allegedly involved. A lot of drugs. Seems the prosecutor’s office has threatened some officers for trying to conduct a deeper investigation, so, uh, it’s time to call the CA out. Mainstreamers need to a dig a bit more deeply for the real story. [FOX41]

There’s a lot of talk in the local press about ending child abuse. But don’t forget one of the biggest childhood problems – hunger! Donate to Dare to Care. [Click Here]

How badly will the Time Warner transition from Insight hurt? Will lubrication be necessary for customers in Louisville? [H-L]

The Jockeys Guild is melting down over Robby Albarado’s situation. His suspension stays until the case is over. [WHAS11]

HAHAHA, have you seen this latest mess in the First District Metro Councilcritter race? It is hilarious. [WFPL]

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas criticized the behavior of a few of his peers Wednesday, saying the actions of a few recent Kentucky Derby winners have tarnished the reputation of his profession. [WLEX18]

You can’t even go to Waterfront Park these days without having your car burgled or whatever. [WAVE3]

What exactly is the point of destroying this reporter’s cell phone if all data is allowed to be retrieved beforehand? Why not just give it back to him? What a waste of time and taxpayer dollars in Indiana. [C-J/AKN]

Remember Christina Gilkey? She’s the school board president in Clark County (Indianner) and is involved in the selection of the next failed superintendent (let’s get real, here). She was one of the few honest folks there in 2009 and one of the people who tried to do the right thing. Not even she can save that district – that’s how much of a disaster it is. [More WFPL]

In Louisville, federal agencies have a relatively small presence compared to other major cities, according to an analysis of recent employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. [Business First]

The amount of unnecessary hype in this story is so thick you’ll gag. Property reassessment notices went out a few weeks ago for metro Louisville, but the rate of those reassessments is the lowest it’s been in years. [WLKY]

Thomas Massie seems to have a problem with Kentucky Open Meetings laws and the Office of the Attorney General is sniffing around. [Page One]

The MSD Crooks Are Getting A Gigantic Free Pass

We’re still wondering why these MSD folks aren’t getting indicted like the people at the Blue Grass Airport. They pulled the same stunts, used money for personal gain, spent half a million bucks on random charitable contributions, $42,000 on office plants. It’s a farce that Greg Fischer is keeping Bud Schardein and allowing him to pocket a sweet $200,000 bonus instead of firing his ass. [C-J/AKN]

WFPK’s Kyle Meredith is apparently a big deal. You should probably check this out. [The Top 22]

And while we’re on a music kick, Louisville’s very own Nerves Junior is getting on all kinds of top ten lists. As in, topping top ten lists. [Pretty Much Amazing]

Here’s a shocker: according to the Jefferson County Public Schools audit, nepotism is pervasive in the hiring process. That’s the Louisville way. [FOX41]

People ought to be glad John Boel is back on television. He’s proof that you can do the right thing and get your life back on track. [WFPL]

Yep, that’s right, more budget cuts are on the way in Frankfort. Meaning even fewer of Louisville’s tax dollars will come back to Jefferson County. [H-L]

There are way too many questions surrounding Greg Fischer’s involvement at MSD and the mainstream wants to ignore every last bit of it. At least, they want to make it seem like Greg has come to save the day. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Greg Fischer says Occupy Louisville is a bunch of campers and should only be allowed a presence during daylight hours. What the hell does he have to say about homeless people who have no choice but to stay outside after dark? And the hilarious excuses about why protesters need to leave the tiny park no one uses? HAHAHA. No wonder he was too cowardly to show up at WFPL yesterday. [C-J/AKN]

One of the suspects in the Henry County animal mess apparently committed suicide and was found dead outside his home. [WAVE3]

What will Greg Fischer and Metro Government do with the $1.9 million in federal funds designated to help the homeless? [Business First]

Maybe Greg Fischer and crew can buy a bunch of one-way bus tickets for Occupy folks and the homeless to clear the streets. [HuffPo]

Steel plates are arriving to make sure the Sherman Minton gets repaired. How excited are you not to spend 45,000 hours getting to work each day? [WHAS11]