Dec 18, 2008

Wake Up

In this latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review, dimwit Philip R. Klein provides us with an excellent example of his confusion between rumor and real news:

The Review has received over 35 tips from the public with information regarding the "situation."

Philip expects us to believe that he got approximately the same number of tips as people who actually vote in his weekly poll.

"I am not going to touch that story," said one reporter in the media. "It is way too flammable and I might get burnt even taking it to my editor," one caller told the Review.

Philip obviously made this up, since this quote highlights his ignorance of the real news media - editors assign stories, not the other way around. What else would an assigments editor do?

Here's another great example of Philip's ignorance:

"H*** yes it is a huge story. I knew about it for about a week. But we have been told not to run it. So I let it die," said one major network media rep."

Philip made this up as well (see below), but it's a great example of why he was forced to retract his "news" story on Tom Gillam.

Astute readers will notice that Philip has not provided any conclusive evidence - only rumor and innuendo. As examples, lawsuits (I've lost track of the number) are "expected to be filed," investigators "may be" assigned to the case, and a complaint "will be sworn out."

Here's my favorite so far: Klein alleges that a Houston law firm "may have to file further action." Doesn't further action" imply that at least one other "action" has already been filed, Philip?

Readers should also note that Philip has referred to a "major network media rep." If Klein's purported quote had any truth whatsoever (doubtful), it came from a local reporter, not a network reporter. I'm reminded of Klein's claim that Fox News "was investigating" those 27,000 cases "to be be refilled" in Hardin County.  That never happened and I don't believe this happened, either.

All of this is exactly why Philip has refused to identify any of the parties.  After the Tom Gillam lawsuit, Philip apparently realized that you can't publish unsubtantiated rumor as fact without corroborating evidence. Since Klein has no real proof to back up his accusations, he would be liable for defamation if he mentioned anyone by name.

Such a suit would be predicated, of course, on whether anyone actually believed that Klein had enough credibility to damage someone's reputation. I suspect that's where Gillam ran into problems with his suit - he couldn't find enough anyone who actually believed Philip's unproven allegations. 

If any of this is true (which I think is highly improbable), I predict that any legal action will deal solely with the monetary issue of nonpayment to a court reporter. These red herrings of illicit affairs and sexual harassment upon which Philip is focused will be purely fiction.

We'll revisit this in the future. In fact, we'll probably revisit many times, just like those 27,000 cases to be "refilled" in Hardin County and Klein's manufactured story concerning sex Tom Gillam's office.  Did I mention that "big scandal" concerning Christina Delgadillo and her Class B misdemeanor ticket?

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