Locals Realize Mainstream Dropped Tornado Ball

We’ve been harping on local media for dropping the ball when it comes to coverage of tornado devastation in Kentucky. The focus has primarily been on Henryville, Indiana because it’s in the metro area.

We thought things would change. But. Uh. Not so much. All you ever hear is, “Henryville, Henryville, Henryville.” Despite damage in Kentucky being far worse.

Then we saw this story about an elementary school reopening in Jake’s hometown of West Liberty. Quick and easy. A blip on the radar.

Didn’t take long to notice some of the comments on the story:

And then we were reminded why no one had a clue such a disaster had taken place in their very own state: because local media (not singling out FOX41/WDRB/whatever) only focused on the quick and easy.

It’s why Henryville will have everything it needs to recover. The area will likely be rebuilt in a matter of months. While the majority of damaged areas in Eastern Kentucky will be suffering years from now. Much of it will never be rebuilt. And no one in the metro area will be any wiser.

Maybe Jerry Will Save NKY With Some Cordish Fun

Really, WDRB? You’re still pretending those signatures on Bob Gunnell’s “petition” aren’t from a handful of people? And are ignoring the reality that next to none of those people live or work int he area? [FOX41]

If the Occupy Louisville folks had caused the incidents and incited violence, why didn’t LMPD say so? Because they didn’t. This was a mess that Greg Fischer knew about before it ever started. The folks dragged inside the bank didn’t cause the confrontations that did take place. The one idiot who touched a cop wasn’t the individual who started the mess [C-J/AKN]

What are you doing this Thursday? Going to see Chef Bryant Terry, that’s what. Seriously. He’s a food justice advocate and knows a thing or two about healthy eating. [UofL]

Authorities say a body found in southern Indiana near the Ohio River is believed to be that of a Kentucky man missing since a December 2010 boating mishap. [H-L]

The Zoo train mess is raging on with the recent sale of the trains. [WAVE3]

A few details of the Kentucky Kingdom lease deal have been released and we’re still waiting for the mainstream to compare the deal to the one with Ed Hart that Jim Host had killed. [Business First]

The Koch Family admitted they don’t have financing lined up. And WLKY inaccurately reported that previous companies had failed to get financing. [WLKY]

Louisville’s mild winter has resulted in less snow and ice…and less salt dumped onto city streets. But even in snow-less years, the city still uses large amounts of salt that could negatively affect the area’s streams. [WFPL]

You can’t even go out to eat at a chain restaurant in Louisville without the ceiling trying to murder you dead. [WHAS11]

What kind of shenanigans will go down this evening? Jefferson County Public Schools’ board meeting starts tonight at 7:00 P.M. [Deep JCPS Thoughts]

A ruling on properties in the path of the proposed bridges could come next Month. [C-J/AKN]

If the economic needs of Northern Kentucky are great, why are they relying on Jerry Abramson to accomplish anything for the region? [Amanda Van Benschoten]

Interesting Note On WDRB’s Parent Co. Moves

Looks like the FOX41/WDRB affiliate situation isn’t unique when it comes to Block Communications:

KTRV, an independent station in Boise, shut down news operations on Monday and announced plans to shrink production staff this week.

The Block Communications-owned station, formerly a Fox-affiliate, became independent earlier this fall after Fox gave its affiliation to KNIN


“A network affiliate requires a different business model than does an independent station,” said Bill Lamb, vice president of Block Communications. “As a result, a reduction in staff is taking place this week.”

Here’s hoping news cuts don’t take place in Louisville. This city can’t afford it.

This Will Freak The Mouth-Breathers Out…

Haha, so, funny story…

All the mouth-breathers in town are going to freak out when they learn Betty Winston Baye will soon be appearing on FOX41/WDRB/whatever the hell station it is beginning December 12 during the 10:00 P.M. newscast. She’ll be delivering fancy “Point of View” editorials.

“We originally created ‘Point of View’ almost ten years ago with the intent of offering a perspective on the news that better reflected the values and opinions of our viewing public than the other available alternatives,” said Lamb. “Instead of being slavishly devoted to intensely conservative or liberal positions, we’ve always tried to put common sense above dogmatism, and I think we’ve succeeded in that regard.

More from Lamb: “But even though we’ve always welcomed dissenting opinions, airing scores of guest editorials and responses over the years, this latest step will represent the first time we’ve ever featured the opinions of another individual besides me on a regular, ongoing basis. I think it’s safe to say that Betty may look at many things differently than I do, and I think our audience will benefit from the even wider spectrum of opinion she’ll be providing.”

Those who hated her at A Kentucky Newspaper will surely hate her on the teevee.

We’re glad to have another voice on-air.

Shocking Fischer Double Standard With Parks Guy

We get that a puppy was stolen from Sandy’s Pet Shop. We get that it was a live animal in need of a home. But spending news time on a story about it? When countless businesses lose more money from theft every day? The girl in the security footage could even be a minor. [WHAS11]

Dramatic evidence that the American dream is slipping further out of reach for far too many Americans, indeed. [Mother Jones]

Congressman John Yarmuth summed things up quite nicely yesterday. [Twitter]

Hilarious: One of Jane Driskell’s pals has been emailing us, telling us we have no clue what we’re talking about when it comes to Greg Fischer. HA! [Louisville Is Screwed]

Yep, Jerry Abramson’s past is being forever ignored by the mainstream media. The Democrats, who have hated him for years, are suddenly in love. [Page One]

It’s interesting watching FOX41 (still WDRB? no affiliate?) report on the WAVE3 Heitz situation without ever mention that station brought the story to life. [FOX41]

Jake’s kitchen leads people to believe he is 100% Indian so Diwali is something he’d want us to mention. [Consuming Louisville]

That’s leadership, transparency and change you can believe in. Here you go. It’s Greg Fischer. Defending his decision NOT to fire Mike Heitz for getting caught as he was about to drive his city vehicle after drinking. Even though he only stopped because he got caught. Told ya he didn’t have the courage to do the right thing. At least EMS – with its embarrassing leader – knows when to can people for bad behavior. [WAVE3]

Humana has apparently improved in Newsweek’s “green” rankings. Maybe more local companies should follow this lead. [Business First]

Call us heartless for not being surprised that daytime violence like this is occurring at a Cordish joint. [WHAS11]

How does your local Clear Channel affiliate cover the Occupy Wall Street protests? By saying they’re all rioting. [84WHAS]

Hope you trust your Metro Councilcritters. Because they’re redrawing council districts and will vote on the final map today. [WLKY]

A whopping 62% of Jefferson County Public Schools students receive assistance with meals. That’s more than food for thought. [C-J/AKN]

Some People Need To Get A Major Flipping Grip

We feel that you definitely need a reminder what about kind of overpaid shysters are running the state’s educational system. [Page One]

Really? November is King James version of the Bible Month? What the fuck kind of crack is Steve Beshear smoking? This is one of the most offensive things he’s done. Fucking pandering hack that the Democrats only love because he isn’t David Williams. Worse than promoting the goddamn Ark Park in front of an Orthodox Jewish crowd. [SoS]

We’ll be foaming at the mouth about this all week. Corrupt Keith Hall has been reprimanded and fined by the Legislative Branch Ethics Commission for being corrupt as all hell. To think this guy had the nerve to accuse everyone of lying about him. [H-L]

So the guy’s father is prominent, we get it. And we get that this is a domestic violence issue. But what does it have to do with his father? It’s not like this incident is getting covered up like the last. It’s not like Jerry Abramson covering up for his son. [C-J/AKN]

Accusing this girl of being a racist even AFTER seeing video and learning she didn’t say a word some asshat thought she said? Really? Calling the NAACP? This shit is out of control and people need a reality check. [FOX41]

No, WHAS, it’s not that she says she didn’t say the n-word. She didn’t say it. Watch the video. Jesus flipping christ. [WHAS11]

We’re pretty excited that yet another store is opening on East Market Street. But organic towels and eco-friendly bathroom accessories? You know what we’re thinking (it’s not good) and we’re fans of that sort of stuff. [Consuming Louisville]

Last night Steve Beshear said Louisville bridge construction would begin within a year. Louisville residents know that couldn’t be further from reality. We know those bridges aren’t getting built. [WAVE3]

Yep, this is what Greg Fischer spent your tax dollars on. He even held a press conference to promote it. [C-J/AKN]

Younger workers in Louisville are beginning to be happier but they’re still looking to leave. When will we stop this brain drain nightmare? Why are we ignoring this mega issue? [Business First]

Casino revenue and patrons dropped like flies when the Sherman Minton closed. Proof Kentuckians gamble like woah. [WLKY]

Look What Greg Wants To Spend Money On Now

Don’t forget to add your two cents by making nominations for the Third Annual Golden Poo Awards. [Page One]

Today at 1:00 P.M. John Yarmuth will announce a “major federal investment” to increase the graduation rate in Louisville. He’ll be at Fairdale High School. The new JCPS supe will be there and so will Greg Fischer, despite him having nothing to do with local education and no one in his family going to public schools. [Press Release]

Yesterday marked the 112th day Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson questioned Jack Conway over his involvement in his brother’s drug scandal: “Jack Conway admits he knew that his brother’s investigation was compromised and yet he refused to notify law enforcement of this matter,” said Robertson. “Any prosecutor worth his salt knows that is wrong. It’s time Jack answer the tough questions instead of faking outrage that this is being discussed.” [Press Release]

Really, Greg Fischer? Spending $30,000 in discretionary funds that should be spent on the community that needs that money? And offering publicity for council members who pony up the cash? For WorldFest? It’s nice and all but are you out of your mind? Spend your own damn money. You have mountains of it. [C-J/AKN]

John Yarmuth talks jobs, budgets and political spending. Give it a watch. [FOX41]

How much time will Len Peters spend spinning over this today? Predictions? [H-L]

Thank goodness WDRB renewed its Fox affiliation. From a release: “We’re extremely happy we were able to reach this agreement with Fox and I believe the network is equally pleased,” said Bill Lamb, WDRB President and General Manager. “WDRB has been one of Fox’s strongest affiliates since we began our relationship when the network launched in 1986, and the partnership has been very beneficial to both parties for a quarter of a century. We look forward to continuing to bring Fox’s quality lineup of programs to Louisville viewers for many years to come.” [FOX41 Press Release]

The Louisville Orchestra has canceled concerts for September and October. We’re not sure what it says about our community when we get the strong sense next to no one will notice. [WFPL]

Everybody is still freaking out about the penis amputation case. [WAVE3]

Check out these fancy waste and recycling bins on Fourth Street. [Broken Sidewalk]

Not everybody is happy with the Jefferson County Public Schools student assignment plan. “Not everybody” includes an appeals court. [C-J/AKN]

The Hummingbird Festival at Yew Dell Gardens is pretty cool and you should go. But you’ll have to pay to get in. [Consuming Louisville]