26 November 2007

KingCast says ABC News coverage "Officer Down" is shallow and misleading reporting, on Franconia. And where is 20/20's Andrew Paparella?

When I was an editor and photojournalist for the Call & Post (or even now as a blogger), I might have covered this in a different way than Charles Gibson and his associates, with a different focus.
UPDATE: LvsNH started a Topix thread on this and reports that the online story has a different focus/slant.

UPDATE: The online story and other LE boards say the question is "why are our cops being killed more often in the line of duty?" Well first off, I'm not convinced that the vest-less McKay was on duty but irrespective of that, the Concord Monitor wrote: "McKay's file shed light on why Officer died" in this blawg entry and in this Monitor Editorial from 17 August 2007.
CM - It does mean that, as agents of the law and representatives and employees of the community, officers should be polite, respectful and firm, but only as forceful as necessary.

Ms. B: "If he had ever stopped me again (after my complaint) I would call 911 and take my chances on getting to Littleton Police Department."
[EXACTLY WHAT LIKO TRIED TO DO but only going 800 feet to Tamarack]

CM - Aggressive cops can sour police relations with a community and foster an "us against them" atmosphere.

In tonight's story however, ABC calls it shooting to kill and they call it in cold blood, which was not true with Liko Kenney. ABC News, whose crews I have met in Franconia have not produced unbiased material since their first report (online here) which did as least hint and the myriad of problems Franconia had in dealing with Bruce McKay.

But the locals don't trust ABC News and they tell me what they told ABC News that was unmentioned, notably this comment.
Robbie Hayward told me he told ABC News' Juju Chang that
"Both men had good qualities about them but that MCKay was a liability and that the State had a greater responsibility to monitor the situation, and that Liko was pushed into a corner."

So I'll expect to see that in their final edit.

And they also tell me when Ju-Ju Chang is in town and what she asks and what they tell her.
This is what I wrote, in pertinent part, to that post.

It will be interesting to see how they cover this case. They can't go where I go and they can't know what I know so they can't get the Real. And locals are very leery of media because of their historic misrepresentations about the area. Folks may be a bit country up in here but they sure ain't stupid. One thing they could have a good time with for a local flair piece, however, is looking into the Littleton Gunstore robberies a few years back and all persons related or indirectly related thereto.

You should see the emails between 20/20 producer Andrew Paparella and me, initiated by him.

That's okay. I've got Defendant Ayotte noticed for Deposition for KingCast v. NH AG Kelly Ayotte et al, Grafton Case 07-E-268 so she will either run and get away with it or she will have to respond to what I've got, then the Truth will come out rather clearly. Actually a lot of the Truth about what Defendant Ayotte intentionally hid, is right here in these three posts:

Kelly Ayotte intentionally hid material evidence from the American Public.
and
Kelly Ayotte lied to the American Public.
Kelly Ayotte lied to Attorney Harold Burbank, II.

Here's KingCast/Franconia Collective short film featuring locals, "Franconia 5/11: Injustice on Stilts." Waiting for the 20/20 footage and local comment? Don't hold your breath.

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Subject: Got Your Message
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2007 14:41:24 +0000
From: "Paparella, Andrew"
To: Kingjurisdoctor@yahoo.com

Lets talk. Give a call.
Andrew Paparella
ABC News
147 Columbus Ave.
New York, NY 10023

212-456-5968

800-221-7386 (Press 1, then 5968 then #)

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Then later they play a video about a cop who tasered a guy named Massey from September in Utah. Then they want to wonder how or why police are getting shot? Notice how ABC didn't show any of McKay's use of force? That's no accident. The coverage of Liko's case and of Massey's case was polemic. Massey walked toward the officer after refusing to sign a ticket and was walking away with his hand near his pocket when he was violently struck by Big Volts.

Massey tells the Salt Lake Tribune that maybe he wasn't 100% right when he refused to sign a speeding ticket and walked away from the trooper. But he thinks the public should take a look at what happened when the trooper subdued him with a Taser. Yep. Watch the YouTube video.

7 comments:

Christopher King said...

That card, BTW is 20 years old. Funny I just found it and pics I took of Cicely, Spike, Melvin Van Peebles, and Governor Evan Bayh before I left the Call Post to join the Indianapolis Star at the Annual Black Expo.

Namaste.

Christopher King said...

Let me make it simple for you:

"It will be interesting to see how they cover this case. They can't go where I go and they can't know what I know so they can't get the Real. And locals are very leery of media because of their historic misrepresentations about the area. Folks may be a bit country up in here but they sure ain't stupid. One thing they could have a good time with for a local flair piece, however, is looking into the Littleton Gunstore robberies a few years back and all persons related or indirectly related thereto."

They can start by questioning a local police officer, if they have not already. It's quite a story, actually.

Fascinating, in fact.

Christopher King said...

And now I remember the "hot pursuit" nonsense, which was replicated online:

" McKay was in hot pursuit of a suspect fleeing a routine traffic stop. With his squad car camera capturing the drama, McKay cornered the suspect and maced him."

That's not exactly what the witness said about the "hot pursuit." She said:

""The grey car was not going fast. I thought [McKay] was trying to get around it [for something else]. He made several movements (her daughter called it a "10-point turn" in her interview) to come nose to nose now facing north.... [McKay] pushed him and kept pushing him down (into the gravel area) dirt flew back the police car pushed him so strongly and just kept pushing and pushing and pushing until the grey car was beyond my view."

Those are the facts.

Christopher King said...

And in from the email tip jar:

Hey guys! I missed the news last night; however, without even watching it, I am soooo offended that they used the Franconia piece on a news series about "officers down."

This series should be about the dangers that LE face every day from the public, not about an ongoing series of "difficulty" within a town that resulted in the officer's death not to mention the citizen's death.

It does not do credit to the LE out there who are honest and have integrity for them to lump them with McKays' death. I fear every time my husband is on the street and if something happens to him then he will have died doing what he wanted to do and doing it in an honorable way.

And, I sent an email to the producers telling them this.

Christopher King said...

Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 11:45:39 -0800 (PST)
From: "Christopher King" kingjurisdoctor@yahoo.com
Subject: I'm extremely displeased with ABC's "coverage" on "Officer Down," Andrew.
To: Andrew.Paparella@abc.com

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That was pathetic.

Please tell me 20/20 is considering its own show.

Very truly yours,

-Christopher King, J.D.

http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2007/11/kingcast-says-abc-news-coverage-officer.html

KingCast says ABC News coverage "Officer Down" is shallow and misleading reporting, on Franconia. And where is 20/20's Andrew Paparella?

When I was an editor and photojournalist for the Call & Post (or even now as a blogger), I might have covered this in a different way than Charles Gibson and his associates, with a different focus......

Anonymous said...

Gee, it sure is funny how these posts change months later. Good thing some folks have copies of the originals.

Christopher King said...

Actually most of them stay the same, and I'm glad folks like you are there to keep catalogues of my work!

What I really want to know about the originals involves the original documents that the State was supposed to maintain by Law, you know like Use of Force and Police Reports by Bruce McKay!

Have you seen those?

I'll be all right if you pay me a little less attention for a while and do some work on that because then once we find it, working together, I'll have no reason to write about it anymore :)