Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Shameful!!!

Notice anything missing from the these Clarion-Ledger pages yesterday and today?  Look carefully.











There is no mention at all of Ben Allen's sentencing.  One would think that the "state newspaper" would at least report that Mr. Allen received no jail time at his sentencing Monday after it posted this story about his alleged misspending of Downtown Jackson Partners' funds on the front page of the Sunday edition on July 26, 2014.  Star reporter Jerry Mitchell broke that "story" and even sat in the courtroom every day during Mr. Allen's trial.  However, that same newspaper somehow could not get around to reporting that Mr. Allen received a suspended prison sentence and probation for two years even though it couldn't wait to report every accusation made against him. 



This is the same Clarion-Ledger that refuses to report  DJP is suing the whistleblower and former DJP secretary for embezzlement in Madison County. It is not a question of whether she is guilty or innocent of the accusations made in the lawsuit.  Such a question is one for the court to decide and Linda Brune deserves to have her chance to defend herself against the charges.  However, it is the Clarion-Ledger that opened up this can of worms in public. It is the Clarion-Ledger that has a duty to cover the whole story instead of the bits and pieces that fit a per-determined narrative.  Mr. Allen's sentence deserves the same coverage as the charges that were thrown against him received.  The Clarion-Ledger should stop this madness and do what's right. 

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who cares!!! I don't get my newz from dem anyway. Only Kingfish and the Starbucks Coffee Club.

Anonymous said...

Be thankful for the exhaustive nationwide search that brought us Sam R Hall.

Anonymous said...

Why is John Horhn's ad in the middle of this?

Anonymous said...

Good, visible Ad for John Hohrn. That's why its in the middle of this.

Anonymous said...

Why is John Horhn's ad in the middle of this?

Seriously? You can't figure it out? Maybe a low advertising location like the JFP is more your speed.

Anonymous said...

I figured it was an article about the Black Bears refusal to release the
second NOA from the NCAA under the FOIA to interested parties.

Anonymous said...

4:58: No story there. You can't hand over "documents in your possession" if you don't have documents in your possession. The NOA went to outside counsel. Standard operating procedure.

Anonymous said...

KF, you are right on target, BUT you are late to the party. The C-L went to shit a long time ago. Jerry is lazy and prefers to rely quotes from others with no follow up confirmation through investigative work. It's more efficient for him that way, and the story always sounds so much better that way. Then when the "story" falls apart, they simply say, "hey, look over there at that new story."

Are Mitchell and Minor on Vacation? said...

I noticed right off. Noticed when I went to the end of my driveway both days and got the paper, unwrapped it and stood there looking. There was absolutely nothing about Emmett Till either day. What the hell is going on!?

Anonymous said...

Hattiesburg American just announced a three day print schedule along with two Gannett papers in Louisiana.Just a matter of time with the Clarion Liar.

Anonymous said...

Are the taxpayers paying for outside counsel?

C-L Insider said...


Hattiesburg American will go to a three-day print schedule in April, just as 5:31 said. Employees are being warned that C-L will follow in under 6 months. Circulation has dropped big time. Press employees are being told to get ready for closing press. Three day production will shift to Shreveport.

Anonymous said...

Didn't Brune have a court date today in Madison?

Anonymous said...

4:54 .. how long are you people going to tow the party line with this cheating scandal? The school might tell all of you to say that about the lawyers, but they, the admin and cheating, lying, buck toothed coach, could not have made that video without reading the NOA. Keep believing that nothing is going to happen. No coach in his right mind is going to touch that job once Freezus gets all those show causes. The Clarion Liar is just a mouthpiece for the Bears and I'd be real embarrassed if I were that little queen Killenburger for not doing a service to his readers by reporting on this national cheating fiasco. It's going to be a glorious day in Mississippi when your football team is the scum of the SEC. Your boys only told the public what they wanted to them to hear from the additional NOA. Past cases with a LOT less than what Ole Miss has been charged with have seen the wrath of the NCAA. I hope some fool lawyer files some king of case against the NCAA. I'd love to see the day that cheater Freeze is sitting before a judge testifying under oath. By that time he'll be a single divorced little beaver from what I hear about the hairdresser on the Square.

Anonymous said...

6:46. That is the CIVIL version. Stay tuned.

Anonymous said...

Here's the official word on the Hattiesburg American. Clarion-Ledger will soon follow.

http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/story/news/local/2017/03/08/letter-our-readers/98912356/

Anonymous said...

I bought a big box of rubber bands years ago when I quit the CL and have not missed
their sorry posterior since.

Anonymous said...

7:21: I only commented on the FOIA rejection and never gave my opinion on the surrounding case, which is a matter this not-Ole Miss fan cares nothing about beyond that it is interesting. Some of us know a thing or two about FOIA and NCAA cases. Why a State fan such as yourself is so mad online about a matter that doesn't concern your school is also fascinating.

Anonymous said...

Bjork, is that you?

Anonymous said...

Ben getting off the hook is not a story really. He got his cheerleaders to say what the jury refused to say.
"Ben is a good guy. He is innocent"
Judge Winston Kidd let him off.
That ain't a story.

The story is that Ben's supporters gave us Tony. They gave us Frank.
Now they want to give us more of the same.
Jackson is digging a deeper hole.
The same supporters are running the State in the ground.
Its the same old story really.
$4.38B state indebtedness.
Add $1B for Miss. Dev. Bank debt.
The Eastover folk have maxed out the credit.
They want a public-private law now.
Its just DJP style writ large.
Cronyism and mismanagement.

Anonymous said...

The story is that Ben's supporters gave us Tony.

NOPE.

Anonymous said...

Ben Allen is a primary reason that downtown Jackson sucks. He's been a cheerleader of a failing entity for a long time. Just look at all his previous announced billions of dollars of projects for downtown. Where is the Farish Street entertainment district, Capitol Green, all those apartments, etc. It's too bad that stupid isn't against the law but you can't fix that.

Unknown said...

The CL will be gone soon and Jerry Mitchell's sorry ass will be looking for a job. Good riddance to both.

Anonymous said...

Ben Allen is a primary reason that downtown Jackson sucks.

You really are a total idiot.

Anonymous said...

The DJP wanted Mr. Envelope. The Senator is Harvey warmed over. He is cold breakfast made into eggs benedict. His headquarters are in the Ditto building on Congress Street.

Anonymous said...

What's the Big Deal, suspended sentences don't sell newspapers, Jerry has moved on to removing racists statues from the capitol, Kudos Jerry.

Anonymous said...

The first requirement for having a paper is having people who can read and comprehend. This is not being taught in Jackson and many other failed school systems around the state. They really have only two options, close it down, or print it in Spanish.

Anonymous said...

What are the circulation numbers for the CL?

Anonymous said...

Look what you forced them to do.

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/local/2017/03/09/ben-allen-given-5year-suspended-sentence/98955962/

Anonymous said...

Good question 9:01. About 30,000 daily and 42,000 on Sunday.

Anonymous said...

The Clarion Liar finally posted something online about this.

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