Eric Haines’s Worst Friggin’ Nightmare

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What is his worst nightmare? That would be me having legally obtained texts from his personal cell phone.

This is just a snippet.

Media manipulation…..  JC is JC Lowe General Manager of WEAR. And apparently Hannah McKenzie was ECSO’s new go-to-person as is Kevin Robinson at the PNJ

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To be continued…….

What’s Wrong with Pensacola’s Sinclair Station?

Mr. Marks,

I bring you yet another communication, ON BEHALF OF CITIZENS OF PENSACOLA, to ask WHAT IS WRONG WITH WEAR 3?

Your mission statement:

Our goal is simple: We alert, protect and empower
our audience on all platforms.

We produce compelling, engaging, informative newscasts.

Our stations hold public officials accountable, 
asking the tough questions that our viewers would ask.

Our newscasts have stories that make a difference.

The key to our success is content choices.

As expected, there is still no mention of the State Attorney’s Investigation of the Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan and his misuse of funds. This “insignificant” investigation questions how the HONORABLE Sheriff Morgan wrongly allocated funds to non-profits for quid pro quo donations from their members to his campaign fund. This should have been overseen by 5 county commissioners and the budget director of the county. We are talking about $1M misappropriation, which I believe is a felony in any other profession. During the last several weeks, there are 6 elected officials and one higher ranking county official that are being investigated  The investigation is still on-going (which gives the accusation much more credence) even as the good Sheriff doles out more money and brags about it on Facebook pompously throwing it in everyone’s face.

This story which potentially affects the entirety of your broadcasting area, but WEAR is mum.

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Yet a falsely reported violation of the Florida Sunshine Law (which would have been a misdemeanor punishable with a fine) of one county commissioner was covered by Channel 3 at the behest of another county commissioner.  Commissioner Doug Underhill ran to the State Attorney’s Office and reported Commissioner Grover Robinson for talking about about county business outside the county commission meeting.

http://weartv.com/news/local/sunshine-law-violation-filed-against-grover-robinson

Then within approximately 24 hours this story ran:

http://weartv.com/news/local/no-violation-of-sunshine-law-committed-by-grover-robinson

Fact: Grover Robinson was investigated for less than a day of a misdemeanor & Channel 3 ran the story.

Fact: The Sheriff of Escambia County and all 5 County Commissioners along with other county personnel are the target of a lengthy investigation for felony misappropriation of county funds and conspiracy  & Channel 3 has yet to cover the story.

If the entire county government infrastructure facing possible impeachment, removal and/or indictment is not newsworthy, then there is no story that needs to be aired.

The trust of community rests on the accuracy of news reporting. Mr. Lowe’s integrity is incontestably deficient if not, non-existent.  I reiterate,the validity of this broadcasting station as a news entity is continually enfeebled by political partisanship. In fact, the impulsive jump to run the story regarding Mr. Robinson could be seen as possibly malicious defamation. It was prematurely reported, particularly given the quick dismissal by the State Attorney’s office. Had Mr. Lowe put the same “consideration” in airing Mr. Robinson’s investigation as he has in not airing the story on the Sheriff, it would not have been news at all.

How do these two news items align with your mission statement?

– Does it hold politicians accountable, asking the tough questions your audience would ask?

-Does it alert, protect or empower the community?

A response would be greatly appreciated in this matter because I am holding you accountable on behalf of the Pensacola community.

 

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Letter to Sinclair Broadcasting

The Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to bare the secrets of government and inform the people.–Hugo Black

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The following was sent to JC Lowe and Steve Marks on July 1st, 2016:

We are coming upon the anniversary of this nation’s independence. It is the time to rejoice in the freedoms we have in the US that other countries do not have. As a part of that, the freedom of the press is imperative. It is the mechanism to maintain the republic. If government is transparent to the press, democracy breathes. The less transparent government becomes, the more democracy loses its ground. Power of the press keeps government on their toes. This is one of the most important components in American society.  In order to preserve the integrity of that, no person should control the truth.

SBGI’s mission statement reflects that necessity:

We produce compelling, engaging, informative newscasts. Our stations hold public officials accountable, asking the tough questions that our viewers would ask. Our newscasts have stories that make a difference. The key to our success is content choices. Our goal is simple: We alert, protect and empower our audience on all platforms.

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WEAR Channel 3, Pensacola, a Sinclair Broadcasting station, under the oversight of JC Lowe,  has been strong armed or entered into a conspiracy with local corruption. The Escambia County Sheriff is currently under investigation by the State Attorney’s Office for misappropriation of LET funds. Sheriff Morgan has quashed the news coverage of this issue. There are no news stories of any of the Sheriff’s questionable activities on WEAR including the bullying of a local little league coach over a campaign sign. That was not covered. Mr. Lowe being “buddies” with Sheriff Morgan has become more important than the mission of Sinclair Broadcasting.

The following are links to articles that are of significance within the community that Sheriff Morgan has strong armed out of the news through WEAR.

http://pulsegulfcoast.com/2016/06/escambia-sheriff-under-fire-over-controversial-donations

http://cjsstreetreport.blogspot.com/2016/06/morgan-misused-letf-funds-for-billboards.html

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/local/escambia-county/2016/06/21/state-attorneys-office-reviewing-ecso-charity-efforts/86173366/

http://www.panhandlepolitico.com/escambia-news/put-it-back-county-overrules-sheriffs-removal-of-rival-campaign-sign/

These are just a few of the articles on these 2 particular events. There are more and yet WEAR has declined to air any story that might show Morgan in a bad light in campaign season. This is a perversion of journalistic integrity. The people of Escambia County are being willfully misled by the misinformation on this candidate’s handling of their money. That really should be considered an attempt to rig the election.

There is a demographic in Pensacola that openly advocates on social media to boycott anything to do with your station. The ripples of this will be felt for years to come and local information is less likely to be the news choice for the local people. If they cannot trust what is being shown as news, not just stories about someone’s cat, why are they taking up space in the area? Locals are going to the look outside the Pensacola market.

Seems this station has either outlived its effectiveness as a point of info for the region. Can this faux pas be corrected? Unfortunately, I believe it is the former. Maybe this is Mr. Lowe’s intent–to make the station irrelevant in order to close it. That would be a hardship within this community, because people want to be able to see Sue Straughn and Bob Solarkski every night, because these people have established trust over the years, but Mr. Lowe is taking their integrity within the community down with it.

Perhaps the mission statement should be re-written to say one of the goals is to undermine WEAR’s importance as a news outlet that desecrates the legacy of the anchors within the community? I no longer live in the community but as it is my hometown, I watch the news and keep up with things online and via social media. Mr. Lowe has made Channel 3 irrelevant.  Just something to think about.

When the public’s right to know is threatened, and when the rights of free speech and free press are at risk, all of the other liberties we hold dear are endangered.

— Christopher Dodd

Sincerely,

Jimmie Staley

Crusader, Blogger, Activist