Nov 1, 2009

A Set

Philip R. Klein comments on a lawsuit and a KBTV Channel 4 news story:
The calls started to come at about 5 p.m. Thursday.

"Have you seen KBTV's web site?"

And now we actually have a TV station that is going to take on the establishment. And they are going to do their jobs.

The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned that a lawsuit has been filed by Dave Thomas, a resident of Jefferson County, who has done a two year long investigation on HIS OWN and found that some homes and neighborhoods have not seen that 30 - 40% jump in value that has created a HUGE tax increase to the residents of Jefferson County.

Big deal? Well.....everyone put on your surprised face - ready for the kicker?

The areas that did not see the 30-40% increase in value seemingly are.....please tell us neighborhoods where ELECTED OFFICIALS OF JEFFERSON COUNTY LIVE!

Please say no it cannot get better?

Speaking outside his legal counsel - Thomas told KBTV which is posted on their web site : "When you have 90% of homes in one neighborhood have their property taxes raised, and you go to 8 similar neighborhoods in the immediate area, and find totally different results, they need to explain themselves. That's what this boils down to."

Huh? Well? No way!

So KBTV is doing a two part special and will dispatch reporters to speak with those elected to office in certain parts of the county and cities whose appraisals have not seemingly GONE UP 40% and in some cases have dropped - while houses around them........went up?

Unfortunately, Channel 4 viewers will have to wait until November 10th to see the two-part special, according to the actual story on the KBTV website:
Fox 4 will have much more on this issue in a two-part special report, "Unequal Burdens", airing November 10th and 11th on Fox 4 News, First at Nine.
To me, this seems a little odd that Channel 4 would announce this "special report" weeks in advance. 

Perhaps it has something to do with a lack of reporters to get this story out on a timely basis. While Philip claims all is well at KBTV Channel 4, their staff seems to be leaving the station on a regular basis.  As an example, here is part of a resignation notice submitted last week:
Dear Mr. Angel San Juan,

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as the Morning Anchor for the past year here at Fox 4 News upon your promotion to News Director. However, as you know, prior to our meeting about the end of my upcoming contract I sat down with you to informally discuss my future here at KBTV-4. About three months ago I expressed my unhappiness and at that time mentioned that after four years of employment, I would not be resigning my contract this October. Therefore, I know it is no surprise to you that this is my official notice. My time here at Fox 4 will come to an end Friday....


Ericka English
Considering Klein's premature expectations and free publicity, perhaps the "special report" will interview Philip R. Klein as the "author of the wildly popular local blog, the Southeast Texas Political Review."


Anonymous said...

Teaming up with Phil almost guarantees that KBTV will face a lawsuit.

Anonymous said...

Times aren't good at 4 at all, yet how many times has Phil told us that the station is growing while all the other media dies?