Sad: More Hype Than Anything Truly Newsworthy

From Eric Flack to that poor Ellis kid who tweets for WAVE3, the station is sinking on the news front. It’s apparently returned to the George W. Bush days immediately following 9/11 when management pushed extremist, faux patriotism packaged as news — only worse.

Now it’s not about news, it’s about shaming people not yet convicted of anything:


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Those are screenshots from WAVE’s “news” section yesterday.

Sadly? The station isn’t alone. Others do it and have done it for years. But things appear to be getting worse.

Blood, sex and bad behavior. Rarely anything more. That’s unfortunate for Louisville.

Look, We’re All About Doing Something Good

And especially support something like this:


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But maybe it would be a better idea to hold a vigil for local kids that have been killed by gun violence?

Maybe a vigil to mark all the hungry people relying on Dare to Care to survive?

Or, you know, maybe to support all the minority youth feeling oppressed, ignored and forced into bad behavior?

Just a thought about time better spent.

UPDATE —

They held it:



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Looks like about 27 people showed up.

All News Should Be About Bourbon All The Time

Researchers at the University of Louisville are launching a clinical research study to develop an objective approach to discharge patients with heart failure from the hospital with the goal of decreasing their possible readmission, according to a press release. [WDRB]

Seems like only yesterday she was claiming this wasn’t happening, that there’s no way it could happen so quickly, yadda yadda. When you drink the Kool-Aid, you get egg on your face. [C-J/AKN]

A Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy is now suspended after a two month investigation; another deputy has resigned. [WHAS11]

A pilot program in Fayette County high schools helps students see their futures in a new way. Aujia Hines had little interest last year in going to college and only vague ideas about her future career, and she disliked talking in front of other students. [H-L]

A Louisville man faces new charges after being convicted for his role in a deadly beating, but he will not spend any time behind bars. [WLKY]

Need another reason to ignore J.P. Davis in the Ninth District Metro Council race? He couldn’t be bothered to respond to a survey of extreme importance to the district. Partially because he couldn’t understand the survey questions and partially because of the fool he paid thousands upon thousands of dollars to “advise” him. [Click the Clicky]

Oh — this, too. Damaris is great but J.P. appears to be a vapid, Stephanie Horne-style candidate using her as a prop. Hugely insulting to voters and people with functioning brains. [HEAD – DESK]

Police are still looking for answers in the death of a woman was found shot and nearly naked on the side of a gravel road near Bullitt County. [WAVE3]

It’s not going to change its name anytime soon, but auto membership club AAA is increasingly in the business of fixing bikes and giving rides to cyclists who run into trouble. [NPR]

Bourbon and American whiskey are quickly becoming huge international exports. [Business First]

Myers Middle School is set for some major changes before the 2014-2015 school year begins. [WFPL]

The Clark County Probation and Supervision Department’s home incarceration program purchased 28 new ankle monitoring bracelets, but the funds to make the purchase remain unapproved by the county council. [News & Tribune]

Some Life Or Death Egg On Local Faces

We’re big fans of teachers. Just not so much the overpaid nitwits who run their unions.

This is what we mean:

EpiPen Saves Madison County Student’s Life

A Madison County student was in the right place at the right time when she started to have a severe allergic reaction.

Luckily for the student, she was able to get a shot from an EpiPen from the nurse; a shot that saved her life.

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But thanks to a new state law that encourages schools to have their own EpiPens, Madison County is one of the few systems ready for these kind of emergencies.

“The ambulance driver said how fortunate we were that she was given an EpiPen shot without a prescription,” McDaniel said.

McDaniel said her daughter was tested for allergies when she was young but had no idea she had devolved any over the years.

She was told had her daughter not had the shot, the outcome could’ve been drastically different.

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The Madison school district started carrying a stockpile of EpiPens in June 2013 and since then, they’ve had to use them twice.

This is an issue covered heavily on Page One the past couple years:

That’s right. JCPS/JCTA decided to remain “neutral” on the issue. While secretly fighting against it.

And now we’re seeing just what a costly mistake that could be.

Louisville Media Is Sometimes A Giant Cat Fight

The next time there is a power outage, turn to your phone. LG&E and Kentucky Utilities have upgraded their website and app. It’s now more user-friendly and includes the weather radar. [WDRB]

With 30 more apartments under construction at the rapidly developing Masonic Homes of Kentucky, it again is seeking additional access to its campus from St. Matthews. [C-J/AKN]

You know the drill. Another day, another school bus accident. [WHAS11]

Just in case you were wondering? Yes, Kentucky’s economy sucked during the month of April. [Page One]

Sure, she’s an entertainment reporter but shouldn’t Kirby Adams have to disclose the PR work she’s done for bourbon companies in the very recent past? [H-L via AKN]

The Belle of Louisville marks a major milestone this year – 100 years of cruising the Ohio River. To help celebrate, a big birthday bash is planned for October along the waterfront, despite budget cuts. [WLKY]

In his first intervention in the Ukraine crisis, the US ambassador to the Court of St James’s issues an unequivocal warning to bullying Moscow. Standing up to violence does not require that we be violent ourselves – but it does demand that we stand up. This is precisely what America, in close partnership with Britain and our other allies, is doing in response to the mounting crisis in Ukraine. [Daily Mail]

A veterans group, already restoring one centuries-old Louisville cemetery, is making plans to restore another one. [WAVE3]

Congressman John Yarmuth’s office held another art contest this year. Get all the details at his official government website. [Click the Clicky]

Just in case you were wondering how petty and bitter many local media buttcramps are these days. Some will stop at nothing to jealously rip a competitor apart. [WFPL]

How much animosity exists between Kosair Charities Committee Inc. and Norton Healthcare Inc.? [Business First]

Clark County employees have not received a raise in years and have seen the county’s contribution to their retirement funds disappear. The county commissioners declined to add more to their burden. [News & Tribune]

9th District Candidate Lives In Alternate World

J.P. Davis can pander with the best of them and talk out of both sides of his mouth. He seems deluded into believing that having wealthy friends — along with a lot of regular club kids on Facebook — makes him qualified to represent people on Metro Council.

From Phillip Bailey:

“I think when you’re connected and you know wealthy people in Louisville and they can write thousand dollar checks and they have 10 or 20 friends who can write thousand dollar checks it’s real easy to buy a race.”

“That’s a cheap shot,” says Davis. “Its unfortunate opponents would take that stab because it’s not true and really inappropriate.”

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A review of Davis’ contributors is a reflection of that network, showing hefty donations from California lobbyists, the chief financial officer of Brown-Forman, the director of Humana, and developers with 21C Museum Hotel.

He also has donations under $500 from many local business owners, but very rarely below that watermark.

An analysis of Davis’ fundraising shows just 31 percent of his donors list their addresses as coming from the three zip codes in the district.

Just who are those contributors?

  • Cathe Dykstra, Family Scholar House — $500
  • David Morehead, Exxon Mobil — $200
  • Brent Sebohm, UofL Athletics — $500
  • Margaret Wells, Commonwealth Bank & Trust — $500
  • Jacob Brown, Developer — $500
  • Bella Portaro, Bella Vita Media — $1,000
  • David Power, Power Creative (PR) — $1,000
  • Charles Grizzle, D.C. lobbyist — $250
  • Marsha Roth, Mary Byron Project — $1,000
  • David Roth, Blue Equity — $1,000
  • Jennifer Elliott, UofL VP — $1,000
  • Tim Hellige, Bandy Carrol Hellige — $500
  • Steve Trager, Republic Bank — $500
  • Charles Dahlem, Dahlem Realty (opposed sidewalks in Clifton) — $500
  • Dan Jones, 21st Century Parks — $250
  • Sandra Frazier, PR — $1,000
  • Matthew Thornton, Thornton Oil — $250
  • Mac Brown, Brown Forman — $1,000
  • Jim Cauley, yes, him — $500
  • Craig Greenberg, 21c — $250
  • Tim Mulloy, Peritus — $1,000
  • Glenda Roby, Owsley’s estate assistant — $250

Those names just scratch the surface. They no more represent the 9th District than Eric Flack presents real investigations.

The most alarming thing about his candidacy? Not all the monstrous wealth supporting him. Not the fact that he is dismissive of real political knowledge. None of that. It’s that he paid May John Celletti for “policy direction” and thousands upon thousands to Peritus for consulting.

We rarely do this… but…

Why you should vote against J.P.: with him on council, UofL gets everything it wants, no questions asked. Same goes for the wealthy developers who constantly bump up against zoning regulations they dislike. Don’t believe it? Try having a substantive conversation with the guy about any policy issue impacting the district. You’ll walk away with a clear understanding that he’s a social butterfly and nothing more.

Vote for someone else. Even Bill Hollander, another guy trying to buy the seat. Every other candidate is vastly more qualified and dedicated to the district.

P.S. Just a couple years ago, Davis was trying to move out of the district. How I know? His friends tried to get me to rent his condo at the time and I exchanged emails with him about it. Dedication? Hardly.