Local TV Hypesters Deserve Some Blame In The Mall St. Matthews Freakout

Heck yes local media overreacted to the Mall St. Matthews mess. Suggesting otherwise is a waste of time and brain cells. We haven’t seen anything this crazy since the days of Julie Tam and her blue glove. Let’s go down the local media rabbit hole with another rant.

Most of it started with WDRB’s Toni Konz and her pre-teen JCPS following on Twitter. There’s no denying Konz has provided tremendous coverage of many educational issues through the years. While at our dying local newspaper and at Bill Lamb’s Fear-Based Tea (Key?) Party. Her work’s usually solid (minus her intentional misreporting on the ousted Commissioner of Education). But…

She started hyping things up, retweeting blips, siding with whatever police told her. I’ve refrained from criticizing her personally but enough is enough. This woman is on television and has thousands of school kids hanging on her every word. Like it or not, she has a tremendous responsibility that she either doesn’t recognize or doesn’t want to acknowledge. Her involvement is both alarmist and potentially dangerous. Blindly reporting what police say, without any verification, while at the same time hyping things up herself is inexcusable for someone in such a prominent position.


This is the most glaring, sums everything from Konz/WDRB/local teevee up quite well:


Yeah, let’s arrest a couple hundred kids for loitering. That’s the ticket. It wouldn’t have escalated the situation or caused potential danger for police and young kids at all. (That’s sarcasm, for the elderly set reading this)



Much like the pieces about how JCPS is a terrible hell pit filled with awful, killer, devil, violent students (only slightly exaggerating) and 99.99% of all teachers fear for their lives? This, too, was dumb as hell.

When this reporter got egg on her face after the hype, she started acting as if mall management is solely at fault, asking questions about how much the incident cost police in overtime. Because… what? Sure. Okay. Teevee people had nothing to do with the freak out.

Not just Konz, though. She doesn’t deserve all the blame. While her reactionary, paranoid Twitter panic most certainly fanned the flames, Louisville teevee people are the worst when it comes to senseless hype. From breathless alarm over snow flurries to meltdowns about the failed Lynn’s Paradise Cafe, it’s what we’ve all come to expect. It’s why we can’t have nice things here in Compassionate Possibility City. It’s part of the reason racist mouthbreathers flock to local teevee sites to spew hatred by the thousands. Ignorance feeds on ignorance. It’s why so many are distrustful of media in general.

Reality is kids are no worse now than they were 20 years ago. People need to get a damn grip. There is no teenage misbehavior epidemic that’s new or different than in the 1990s. Sure, the internet exists to drum things up but good grief at the Konz-led overreaction.

Absentee parenting is not a new thing. Maybe parents have to spend more time working now to put food on the table. That’s true. But it’s not too different than any other period of time in the past couple decades.

It’s like The Louisville Purge: Part 2. So. Dumb. Lowest common denominator, scraping the barrel, stereotypical barefoot Kentuckian caricature dumb.

There’s a problem when the city’s most prominent and relied upon education reporter is involved in something like this. It’s unfortunate, it’s whatever disappointing word you want it to be. Sadly, it’s a shining example of what we’ve come to expect. We’re all numb to it, indifferent. Our lovely little city’s been in this perpetual cycle of dumb crap since the Abramson Era kicked off and there’s apparently no limit to the levels of fear-hype we can reach.

P.S. Kudos to the police for handling the situation, busing kids quickly away, not escalating to the point of danger. Even if they intentionally give misinformation to gullible media.

UPDATE: Seems WDRB’s resident white flight freaker outer, John David Dyche, is also in another panic. A panic built in part on the hype spread by Konz the past few months.

NOTE: Yes, I say some horrible crap on Twitter. Usually to get a reaction. But I’m also purposefully not on television, avoided it like the plague when we had a WBKI contract, and eschew the spotlight. Also don’t have ten thousand JCPS student following me for school weather closing updates.

Come On, Just Ask Some Questions, Maybe?


The mainstream media just blindly regurgitates this “compassion” nonsense without so much as asking a single question?


LOUISVILLE (WDRB) – For the fourth year in a row, the Charter for Compassion International has named Louisville as its Model Compassionate City.

The Charter for Compassion is a cooperative effort to restore compassionate living to the center of community life. It is based in Seattle, Washington.

Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, chair of the Board of Trustees and the Global Compassion Council, presented the award to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on Friday, Oct. 16, during a reception at the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mayor Fischer attended the Parliament as a speaker and panelist, along with Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad. Tom Williams, of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC is co-host of Compassionate Louisville and was a panel moderator at the Parliament.

“It is an honor to be recognized for a trait that comes so naturally to the citizens of Louisville,” Mayor Fischer said of the Model City designation. “Our citizens have a deep and profound instinct to help one another and to give.”

When the Mayor took office in 2011, he set three goals for Louisville – pillars of community life. He said we must be a city of lifelong learning, of health, and of even greater compassion. Louisville was the seventh city to sign on to the Compassion Charter, and Mayor Fischer created Compassionate Louisville to help develop and implement a city-wide campaign to nurture and champion the growth of compassion.

One of its signature events is the annual Mayor’s Give a Day Week, in which the entire city makes time for volunteering, service and compassion. This year, the city broke its own world record, with more than 166,000 volunteers and acts of compassion.

Copyright 2015 WDRB Media. All rights reserved.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Louisville has been named a model city for compassion for the fourth year in a row.

The Charter for Compassion International handed out the award at a ceremony in Salt Lake City.

One of the signature, compassionate Louisville events is the mayor’s Give a Day week.

This year, Louisville broke its own record with more than 166,000 volunteers and acts of compassion.

Surely not.

Surely that wouldn’t happen here in Possibility City.

Morning Bourbon & Needle Fun Stuff

A death investigation began shortly after a body was found in the Ohio River Tuesday morning. [WDRB]

The relocation of hundreds of government employees out of decaying office space is beginning, with the entire move expected to be completed by mid-fall. [C-J/AKN]

Eight authors who have written books about bourbon are scheduled to open a days-long event giving participants a behind-the-scenes look at Kentucky’s bourbon industry. [WHAS11]

Of course Hal Rogers opposes needle exchanges. Until his family members figure out how to profit from them, they won’t get his support. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The Louisville Waterfront Fourth of July celebration will return this year. [WLKY]

What? Coal kills? Surely not. Surely all that hype wasn’t just the Coal Association using PR hacks to claim otherwise. [HuffPo]

Two local TV station employees suffered minor injuries as a car ran a light and slammed into their live truck, flipping it onto its side. [WAVE3]

Charter Communications announced early Tuesday that it will acquire Time Warner Cable — a little over a month after a proposed deal between Comcast and Time Warner was killed by regulators. [The Hill]

The appeals period for the latest round of Louisville property tax assessments closes at the end of this month. Some appeals will be successful, but others will not. [WFPL]

Senate Republican leaders managed to scrape up enough votes just past midnight Saturday morning to put off decisive action on the NSA’s bulk collection of American phone records until next Sunday, May 31. But the hardliners — and make no mistake, they are taking an even harder and more absurd line than the NSA itself — have no endgame. [The Intercept]

Louisville leaders are encouraging foreign-born residents of Louisville to call their friends and family and tell them how much they enjoy living here. [Business First]

A Southern Indiana county at the epicenter of the worst HIV outbreak in Indiana history is seeking state permission to implement a yearlong needle exchange program. [News & Tribune]

More Possibility In Chattanooga Than Louisville?

The words don’t always come easy. For Perry Clemons, they sometimes vanish. Clemons is 58-years-old and lives in Clarkson, Kentucky. [WDRB]

As Mayor Greg Fischer joins Metro Council member Angela Lee in calling for a fuller environmental study of the Brownsboro Road site purchased for a new Veterans Affairs Medical Center, plans are in the works to turn about half of the second choice site into a subdivision. [C-J/AKN]

What? Another shooting? Surely not. Not in Possibility City where everything is Compassionate and Transparent. [WHAS11]

Rand Paul takes the first step toward running for president when he asks state party leaders to endorse his idea to create a 2016 presidential caucus in Kentucky. [H-L]Singed by their defeat in the battle over Homeland Security funding, Republicans aren’t about to renew their fight against President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration anytime soon. [Politico]

They’ll run stories like this about animal shelters hundreds of miles away. But couldn’t be bothered to dig in at Metro Animal Services at any point over the past decade. [WLKY]

Louisville doesn’t have the guts to do something like this. Fischer and council will always bend over backwards for lobbyists. [HuffPo]

Lexington has started to shoot its kids just like Louisville! Copycat. We were first. Lexington police told media outlets a 9-year-old boy was taken to UK Hospital after being shot while riding in his parents’ car. [WAVE3]

A factory in Louisville, Kentucky, made chewing tobacco for over a century before folding in 2009. Now the abandoned site is a symbol of how the city is changing: The 24-acre brownfield will soon become one of the largest hubs for local food in the U.S. [Fast Company]

Louisville Metro Police is on track to putting body cameras on some officers this summer. [WFPL]

President Barack Obama’s proposal to consolidate more than a dozen regulatory offices into an agency that would oversee food safety is drawing the intrigue and ire of some food safety advocates, producers, and experts — some of whom question the feasibility of a move that’s decades in the making. [ThinkProgress]

A U.S. Supreme Court decision about whether patients who get insurance through federally administered exchanges should have their costs subsidized is not expected to have an impact on Kynect, Kentucky’s insurance exchange. [Business First]

At first it looks like some kind of marketing ploy. Six picnic tables, surrounded by a garbage can on a concrete slab in the middle of Same Peden Community Park in New Albany. [News & Tribune]

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.