Yes! to the Rhino Times

OK, time to fire this blog back up.

After much discussion over at Cone’s, Spag’s, Ben’s and elsewhere about Yes!Weekly’s airing of the Bledsoe/Rhino Times’ source materials, Brian Clarey, the weekly’s editor, is drawing transparent battle lines between his camp and the Rhino’s.

“We will be putting the interview tapes up on this blog after Part 2 comes out, because we’re all up in that transparency business. Plus, we want to assure people that there’s one weekly in town, at least that doesn’t cherry-pick facts and quotes.”

If my business had an advertising budget, I’d be hard pressed to know where I should spend my money over the next few weeks.

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15 Comments

  1. Posted January 10, 2008 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    “If my business had an advertising budget, I’d be hard pressed to know where I should spend my money over the next few weeks.”

    Time-Warner cable has some good advertising deals from what I understand.

  2. Tony Wilkins
    Posted January 10, 2008 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    Careful Hogg.
    You know it’s not out of the question that those toilets and sinks might overflow upstairs.

  3. Nick
    Posted January 11, 2008 at 1:17 am | Permalink
  4. Tony Wilkins
    Posted January 12, 2008 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    David,

    This quote is from one of your earlier posts:

    Hoggard: “perhaps Wray is not a “card-carrying racistâ€? as you insist, but I’d sure say he doesn’t like black people very much.”

    Do you still believe this to be true or do you wished you would not have said it?
    If you do what would be your basis for making this statement?

  5. Posted January 12, 2008 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Ain’t Google grand?

    I was responding to a N&R article about three years ago, I think it was.

    The article stated that Wray had weekly meetings with his upper staff at some local restaurant but that none of the black members of that staff were ever invited. To my knowledge, that report has never been refuted. No one ever seems to care about the context surrounding my statement, but thought I ought to provide it anyway.

    A conclusion jumped at me after reading that account, resulting in my now-much-quoted reaction (you aren’t the first to dredge it up. Others, including Ben H. and Jerry B. have also called me on it.)

    Do I wish I’d never said it?… No… it was an honest reaction to information I read from a source I trust.

    After all of the reporting that has occured since that article, do I still believe that Wray doesn’t like black people very much? No.

    But Id still like to hear an explanation from him as to why his black staff was not invited to those meetings.

    Would you like to venture a theory, Tony?

  6. Posted January 12, 2008 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    But Id still like to hear an explanation from him as to why his black staff was not invited to those meetings.

    I would like to know if it is even true. That came from Blair Carr or RMA? Both have shown more errors and slip ups than the average person should make.

  7. Posted January 13, 2008 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Me too, Ben.

    I would’ve thought one of the many media types looking at the issue on an independent basis would have either confirmed or debunked the allegation by now. And they may have and I just missed it.

    It is a pretty important point – at least to me. Let me know what you find out (hint, hint).

  8. Posted January 13, 2008 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Now that we know Blair Carr didn’t mind knocking a few back while on the clock, EVERYTHING she touched in GSO has to be given a sobering second look. Is it possible that her blowing a staggering drunk.28 during the middle of a work day was an isolated event? How many times did she drink on the job in GSO? How much of her work was done while she was intoxicated? I promise you if Scooter, brady, Wray, Me, Bledseo or any other person the Jordan Green fan club hates would have gotten the .28, it woulda been newsworthy.

    I am also a lil confused as to how the Albright file leakage has been igonred at this blog.

  9. Posted January 13, 2008 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know anyone who “hates” any of the people you name, Ben.

    Dont be confused about my lack of blogging on Clyde’s file. I haven’t blogged about much of anything lately. It is a disturbing allegation and the Rhino has been giving it some pretty good coverage.

    Where did Tony go?

  10. Posted January 13, 2008 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know anyone who “hates� any of the people you name, Ben.

    Have you ever met Mitch?

  11. Tony Wilkins
    Posted January 13, 2008 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    I’m researching David.
    I don’t want to pop a theory out without researching and trying to get back into 38″ pants has slowed down my theoryness.

  12. Posted January 14, 2008 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    May I suggest that you jog to the library instead of drive. That will kill both of those birds with a single throw.

    Right, Ben. It just slipped my mind.

  13. Tony Wilkins
    Posted January 14, 2008 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Hoggard: “The article stated that Wray had weekly meetings with his upper staff at some local restaurant but that none of the black members of that staff were ever invited.”

    Not true David.

    Based on research my theory is:
    It’s another “black book”.
    People with agendas against the chief call a routine line up book a sinister plot and a gullible columnist turned news reporter falls for it like someone whose first pencil is still sharp.
    Having dinner with coworkers in a casual setting, with blanket invitations announced, in which police business was rarely discussed, probably would not qualify as a “meeting”.
    Unless you had an agenda.

  14. Tony Wilkins
    Posted January 15, 2008 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Where did David go?

  15. Posted January 15, 2008 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    I’m here, Tony. Had some work to do.

    Unless you can substantiate “blanket invitation” and corroberate the rest of of it, what you have provided is quite a bit less credible than what I based my statement upon.

    If you want to keep trying. Fine. But please remember that I have confessed that I no longer think my statement was a completely fair characterization of David Wray.

    I get things wrong from time to time but if I didn’t offer an opinion on unfolding news, (or at least, as I used to) this would be a pretty boring and little visited place.