That’s My Story, and I’m Sticking To It

The Lachlan McLean suspension story has drawn plenty of interest here at the ‘Ville Voice, so we listened in for part of his return as the sports talk host on WHAS Radio Monday night.

As was reported here Friday, McLean was suspended indefinitely by the station prior to the University of Louisville football game against Kentucky for reading a poem from a UK fan that contained references to Cardinal linebacker Willie Williams’ scrapes with the law. Last Wednesday, after Williams was arrested in downtown Louisville and subsequently kicked off the team, McLean’s suspension was lifted.

So upon his return after two weeks off the air, afternoon host Terry Meiners asked McLean about his time off, offering up a story about how McLean was taking care of his kids while his wife, Carolyn (a spokesperson for Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom) was in Las Vegas on a business trip. McLean went along with the ruse. Later, during the call-in show, McLean said he’d taken time off for personal reasons. And he wrote a similar message on his page on the WHAS web site.

Now wait just a gosh-darn minute here.

Is this fictitious reasoning the official company line? Was McLean under orders not to speak about the real reason behind his two-week absence? Was Meiners, and perhaps others at the station, in on the scamming of the public? It’s just a radio talk show, but why the cover-up?

It’s understandable that WHAS management wants the whole episode to fade to black, but is it ordering its on-air staff to cover up the incident? The fact that the story of the McLean suspension has spread like wildfire here makes one wonder how station managers could authorize a strategy of deceiving the public. Why not say that McLean was suspended, served his time, and now he’s back?

And in related news:

PageOne has the story and some speculation on today’s suspension of JaJuan Spillman from the Cardinals.

Doggone it, We Elected Them

otis.jpgIt occurred to me that during these dog days of August we’re seeing some shameful and embarrassing acts by our elected leaders unfolding in the media. Thankfully, there are bulldog reporters on their trails, exposing their actions. But, really, when the Governor gets away with appointing an outlaw hunter to oversee the Fish and Wildlife Department, what can regular folks do? For one, keep your dog on a leash.

It’s been a good time for a few hard-working journalists. To wit:

Who Let the Dog In? — Thanks to LEO’s Cary Stemle for helping us understand the complex Metro Louisville dog ordinance, an example of local politics gone bad. Metro Council members have been barking at each other for more than two years to come up a way to keep dangerous dogs in check, while not infringing on dog owner rights. It’s somehow devolved into a partisan battle.

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Miller’s Double Duty Questioned

This week the Kentucky Enquirer’s Pat Crowley made some state Republicans happy by writing about the heatjonathanmiller.jpg Jonathan Miller is taking for working one political job (Democratic Party Chairman) while holding one political office (State Treasurer).

In doing so, Crowley gave Republican Party Chair Steve Robertson a soapbox on which to needle Miller, especially after Robertson gave up his own job in the Fletcher administration to run the party’s political operations. Robertson thinks Miller should give up his cushy treasurer’s post if he’s going to spend all his time helping get Steve Beshear elected governor.

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DFA Meets Up with Lunsford

lunsforddfa2707.jpgLouisville’s chapter of the Democracy for America Meetup Group had some tough questions ready for Democratic candidate for Governor Bruce Lunsford on Tuesday night. Meeting in the Louisville downtown library, the group of about 20 grilled Lunsford on several issues, including health care, education and campaign financing.

On the subject of health care, Lunsford detailed his vast experience in the health care industry, and how he is uniquely qualified to lead Kentucky into a leadership position by working for universal health care. In response to a question about higher education, Lunsford called recent tuition increases at Kentucky universities a subtle form of taxation, and suggested that the public university system could be operated more efficiently by sharing some resources.

When asked about the financing of the campaign, Lunsford made the point that he is financing his own race so that he won’t have “the shackles of special interests” affecting his decision-making.

Lunsford spoke for about an hour to the group, which plans to meet with other candidates for Governor.

Starting at Zero

Day One: Why would anyone start a blog on media in Louisville?

It’s not just because no one else is doing it. And it’s not just because, as the media critic for LEO, there’s not enough space in the weekly paper for all the media-related news and, OK, gossip that’s available.

 And it’s not because I have some need to critique the way the fine people who serve up media around here are doing their job.

It’s a little bit of all those things.

Today, my blog stats are zero visitors, zero comments, and then there’s this — 1 post. All those numbers, I hope, will be sprouting soon.