13 May 2008

KingCast asks whether Sergeant Wentworth wrote this slanted, inaccurate story about 5/11.

UPDATE: A slight correction was issued by the AP, not as much as there should have been, but whatever.
It is unbelievable what passes for journalism these days. Here's a Concord Monitor and Seacoast Online story by Clare Trapasso in which Angela McKay notes that "Perhaps trying to push to get the roadway named after Bruce wasn't the best idea."

That much is an accurate quote and a fact. The rest of the article is less than forthcoming. Here are four (4) examples:

1. McKay, 48, was killed last May after pulling Liko Kenney, 24, over for speeding.
.....Says whom?

2. Police said McKay pepper-sprayed Kenny in an attempt to take him into custody.
.....Says whom? There was absolutely no verbal command given, in blatant violation of this policy. Plus as you shall see in section 3 custody was not the favored operating procedure.

3. Then Kenney ran over McKay's body with his car.
.....Well yah, after McKay had patently violated all pursuit and OC Spray policies and after Floyd started shooting, according to the McKay spent casings and Floyd's own son at p745 of NH AG Kelly Ayotte's own pdf files.

4. A jury ruled Floyd was justified in the shooting.
......I must have missed that trial.

I ask if Wentworth wrote it for them because he's already written the facts in his mind when he said Liko Kenney was a "dirtbag" here at pdf 353, which was seconded by the other "investigating" officer. Good thing Wentworth was the one on whom McKay had specifically called for backup that day and that he was the one to secure the scene, see him there at the head of the Tahoe.

BTW we all know that McKay worked in Haverhill as noted in this WMUR story. But the question is, did he encounter any disciplinary or ethical problems there, and if so did that department hide them the way that Franconia's Chief Montminy and the town tried to hide the Troy Watts ethics complaint and other complaints that never appeared in the mass media that KingCast chronologized in the Bruce McKay legacy post.


Anonymous said...

Or did they just pack McKay up and send him off to the next department although that was not the best but the easiest way.

Then the next police department (public) could,might or would deal with his antics, they chose not to and looked what heppened.

Seems to me McKay may not have been the Chief of Franconia (other towns) but he ran the department his way. Why have a Chief if you allow the indians to do whatever they want.

Now there is a money saving idea for the town of Franconia. Eliminate the Chief's position. That would save the Franconia tax payers thousands of tax dollars each year.

Christopher King said...


OMG that's brilliant. Now the town of Lyndeborough just did that and there is some litigation over it, but in this case Montminy wouldn't stand a chance because with Chief Basinas he had been fired first and there was a question as to whether the vote to terminate the position was political and blah blah blah.

I reported that back on 31 December 2007 and now you have provided me the material for my next post.


Christopher King said...

Dear Ms. Belman please correct the inaccuracies in the McKay memorial story.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 2:58 PM
"Christopher King" kingjurisdoctor@yahoo.com
fbelman@cmonitor.com, townclerk@franconianh.org, dmullen@ranspell.com, police@franconianh.org,
selectmen@franconianh.com, Marta.Modigliani@dos.nh.gov, USANH.Webmail@usdoj.gov, david.frydman@leg.state.nh.us, Kelly.Ayotte@doj.nh.gov....

Dear Ms. Belman,

Thank you for providing the AP phone number as you agreed with me on the inaccuracies in today's story.


Most of us from the Franconia Collective have been reasonably pleased with the Concord Monitor's coverage of the Franconia shooting tragedy which may not have published all of the facts but which at least accurately portrayed most of the facts.

But now in the AP story you picked up by Clare Trapasso there are several unsupported and incorrect statements.

You know I was an editor for the Cincinnati edition of the Ohio Call & Post, and a beat reporter for the Indianapolis Star and I would have been spanked for that.

Please issue the appropriate corrections.

Very truly yours,

Christopher King, J.D.

Christopher King said...

Just got off the phone with AP's Joe Magruder and they are making the changes.


Christopher King said...

Re: Dear Ms. Belman please correct the inaccuracies in the McKay memorial story.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 3:01 PM
"Felice Belman" fbelman@cmonitor.com
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Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We will publish a
correction in tomorrow's paper.

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Re: Thank you and please take an hour to look at these issues.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 3:32 PM
"Christopher King" kingjurisdoctor@yahoo.com
"Felice Belman" fbelman@cmonitor.com

Indeed Ms. Belman thank you for the journalistic integrity.

Also please review some of the issues countenanced herein:

Chief Montminy lied by omission to Judge Vaughn, read the last paragraph for filings:


Court released documents in KingCast v. Ayotte:


Mysterious circumstances show Floyd started shooting at Liko from far away and was not talking to him, ever. Look at the McKay shells on the ground.


Why was McKay missing in action for 6 whole minutes and was his 2-Way set to MUTE?


Best regards,

Christopher King, JD.

Anonymous said...

I am glad they are making the corrections, but so many stories I have seen recently have inaccuracies and seem to be written by a biased individual. Where do these NH reporters live? Ohio? Reports on Maura Murray too are incorrect from seemingly lazy reporters who fail to investigate facts prior to printing a story. Just take the word of whatever jackass is filling your head and call it truth. Sad state of journalism in this State, not to mention grammatical errors and improper sentence forming. My grade school child writes better.
Journalism Ethics; Wiki it and get it right.

Christopher King said...


I don't know how these things happen either.