Dec 29, 2008

Down To The Wire

Philip R. Klein waxes hysterical in his latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review:

KBMT - TV made a deal with NBC to carry programming - less local news (why compete with yourself?) this last month after KJAC went to FOX. And then the bomb shell. Time Warner - who represents almost 70% of the market in Jefferson County was having problems in closing the deal with the owners of KBMT. Now - KBMT has warned loyal viewers that there is a chance that you may not get programming if you subscribe to Time Warner.

First let's correct a couple of Philip's factual errors - KJAC (Channel 4) changed call letters during the last century and has been KBTV for the last 10 years or so.  The KJAC call letters are currently unassigned.  Since Philip can't get the call letters right, why should his speculation, half-truths, and manufactured sources be credible? 

Philip also made this error concerning email at KBMT:

So we made a couple of calls because email does not work over at KBMT.

More on this below.

In an effort to appear somewhat in touch with reality, Philip typically manufactured another source:

"It does not look good. I think both sides have dug their heals in and we are getting productive but frankly I just do not know," said a source close to the negotiations.

"So I do not know what we are going to do. If we lose that kind of market we are dead," said the source.

Readers will note several of Philip's signature grammatical errors and trite phrases in this spurious quote. Furthermore, the only people at KBMT who know the real situation are General Manager Mike Elrod and the station attorneys. Since the attorneys would not refer to the station as "we (sound familiar?)," but rather as "the station," "our client," or simply KBMT, Philip is obviously quoting a source that only exists in his vapid imagination.  But we all knew that anyway, since no one at a local media outlet other than The Examiner would give Philip R. Klein the time of day (how's that radio offer coming along, Philip?).

Here's  a quote from my source:

Mike Elrod, general manager of KBMT, indicated in an e-mail that the station is trying to reach a reasonable compensation agreement with KBMT based on the market rates for its programming.

"This is just a normal negotiation that goes on between broadcast stations and cable companies," Elrod, general manager of KBMT, told The Enterprise, noting that these contracts typically last for about three years.

That came from the Beaumont Enterprise, who did a much better job in explaining the situation.  Readers will note that Mike Elrod responded to questions from the Enterprise via email, so apparently Channel 12's email is working perfectly. I suspect it's an IATK problem on Philip's computer (Idiot At The Keyboard).

As Mike points out, this is a routine matter, since the the old agreement expires on December 31, 2008. Rather than just automatically renewing, a new deal has to be negotiated since KBMT now has a dual affiliation with both NBC and ABC.

I'm reminded of a similar claim by Klein in his Nitwit Tidbits  on November 14, 2008:

MSNBC - Off the air at Time Warner. Subscribe? Like anyone would pay a penny?

A reader made that correction:

As usual, PRK has leaped to a conclusion and suffered a hard landing: MSNBC was only briefly unavailable on some televisions sets because of a cable glitch.

Philip never explained what a simple business deal has to do with politics in Southeast Texas, so we can assume that this is just another of his many examples of why "JEFFERSON COUNTY IS THE MOST CORRUPT COUNTY IN THE STATE OF TEXAS."

Note to Philip: can't you find anything better about which to manufacture quotes?  How about this one:

Homicides down in 2008, but number caused by guns remains high

Seventeen people were slain in 2008 in Beaumont and Port Arthur and 14 were killed by gunshots.

That number, however high it seems, is lower than in recent years, according to local police.

That's not what you claimed in your Nitwit Tidbits on December 12, 2008:

Crime Stats : We are told get ready for a shocker this February when the numbers are leaked. If there was no more crime in Jefferson County from December 1 to 31 - and not one cop wrote one report - we would still be up 8%? Wow!

The numbers have already been leaked, and while the crime rate is basically static, it's not an 8-percent (or more) increase as  you claim.  Should we include this in the 2008 or 2009 list of your bogus claims?

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