14 December 2007

KALB covering up roy/michiels/cabrini fake prescott road study scandal

once again kalb proves they are more willing to suppress information to protect their advertisers than report news!

on 11 december 2007 the alexandria daily town talk broke the story "traffic study plan for hospital 'comprehensive,' but not 'scientific.'"

the town talk reported that on 20 november 2007, a "study" that the alexandria, la. mayor, jacques roy and his chief operating officer, kay michiels touted to the city council
in order to trick the city council and alexandrian's to go along with giving prescott road to st. francis cabrini hospital was a fraud.

despite the media general owned kalb tv's rather shameless claim to be "on your side" they have reported nothing, not one word, about what should be a major story on how the mayor, his chief of staff and cabrini hospital colluded together and lied to the people. this isnt really unusual because anyone who pays attention to these things, knows that kalbs slogan is really directed to their advertisers and not to the lowly commoners.

heres a screen grab taken around 1:00 pm on13 december 2007, of kalb's r.s.s. feed. it plainly shows that nothing has been posted on their website about the fake prescott road "study." nor has anything been broadcasted about it on their so called news program(s):

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kalb r.s.s. feed link

as we've pointed out before kalb performs so poorly media general wants to sell it off and how ksyl's dave graichen explained "theres very little deep investigative reporting going on in this state anymore" because media management forbids "going after anybody who happens to be an advertiser."
heres a partial list of kalb-tv's advertisers to boycott:

st. francis cabrini hospital
mac's fresh market
dr. barnes vision 4 less
morris bart attorneys at law
blue cross / blue shield of louisiana
mcbride & collier attorneys
the catholic diocese of alexandria
cenla broadcasting
zion hill baptist church, pineville
mr. food - art ginsburg
abc insurance agencies
ready decks
cato fashions
centennial wireless
walker automotive
brown's furniture showplace
good neighbor pharmacy
aca corp.
blue cliff college
thompson home health
aleve / bayer
hixson autoplex
kramer funeral home
kp jewelers
aa western stores and work wear
the rapides foundation
leglue chrysler jeep
trotters electronics appliances
d & j tire
oasis health care hospice
ivan smith furniture
alltell wireless
honda village
ashley furniture home store
neblett, beard & arsenault attorneys
loewer power sports
alexandria eye & laser center
sonic drive in
in media general's code of business conduct and ethics it states:
The matters contained in this Code are particularly important at Media General and its subsidiaries (Company) because of the “public trust” element of responsible journalism. For that reason, we expect all of our employees, in all of their dealings with each other and with others on behalf of the Company, to conduct themselves so as to avoid even the appearance of improper behavior.
isnt it "improper behavior" and a violation of "public trust" hence a violation of media general's code of conduct when kalb refuses to report obvious news? for example on kalb's 10 pm newscast they devoted several minutes worth of time to a nonsense story
called "cant find the 'wii?'" about a video game, yet over the course of the past few days, will not devote one sentence to report a story about how the mayor and the uppermost levels of his administration misled the public? KALB DOES NOT PRACTICE RESPONSIBLE JOURNALISM!

contact media general. complain about kalb's shoddy reporting and poor ethics:
Corporate Communications
Media General, Inc.
P.O. Box 85333
Richmond, Va. 23293-0001
(804) 649-6059
and in the meantime, boycott those advertisers up there.