Thursday, March 16, 2006

Sentinel Scoop

Didn't get to post yesterday afternoon due to actual work. So for the first time, didn't get to post a story of the day. I'll atone for that later, but first let's jump into today's top story, written by Sentinel reporters Vanessa Blum and Paula McMahon.

They report for the first time that BSO deputy Todd Fatta had anabolic steroids in his system when he was shot down by a terrible scumbag named Kenneth Wilk during a raid on a home in Fort Lauderdale.

Cops pumped up on steroids -- a society's nightmare. I've known people on steroids who say it made them ten times more aggressive. A bouncer once told me in vivid detail how the things made him want to crack skulls -- and he said he did so on a regular basis at the club where he worked. Wilk seems guilty as hell, but the revelation will undoubtedly play on a jury's mind, as will the chaotic nature of the raid itself.

Hats off to Blum and McMahon. My only question: Why the hell wasn't this on the front page? And why is it next to impossible to find it on the Sentinel web site?

Driving Down
Herald reporter Jennifer Lebovich did an outstanding job on this story about a woman who took matters into her own hands. Which were on her own steering wheel. The woman, named Suze Telfort, became so frustrated in traffic that she slammed into a bunch of other cars to get onto Federal Hwy in Fort Lauderdale.

Unfortunately for the woman, an FBI agent and insurance investigator were in the area to make sure she was taken down. I just really dug the way Lebovich wrote the thing, so much so that I was inspired to drive to Telfort's house to follow the story. There, I met Telfort's husband, who said he worked in the "defense industry." The man was highly distraught and seriously disturbed. At one point, he reflexively referred to me as "Bob," and that really angered him.

"Why am I calling you by your first name? I don't know you. I call my boss 'mister' after years, but I walk in here, a stranger ... and I' m calling you Bob like we' re in an AA meeting. I don't want to be your buddy, Bob. I just want a little breakfast."

Breakfast? I knew nothing about any breakfast. He rambled on.

"Take me, for instance. You know what I thought paradise was? Making babies. Ain't that a kick? Making babies."

I realized I was in the presence of a very sick man at this point. I sort of stammered something and he came right back at me.

"You come to my country, take my money, and don't even have the grace to learn how to speak the language?"

I tried to bring the conversation back to his wife, who was in jail at the time. Then he just said, in utter disbelief, "I'm the bad guy? How did that happen." It was time to go. Thankfully, he let me snap this photo of him before I left.


And Lastly ...

The Sentinel still has Larry Masters prominently displayed on its website as being a 51-year-old man who served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1971, when he was 14 years-old. I don't think they realize that the longer they keep it up, the more insulting it is to real veterans out there.

39 Comments:

Blogger Gator said...

And publicizing your conversation with Mr. Telfort is significant in what way . . . ?

Make the connection for us.

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Oh, for Pete's sake... it's dialogue from Falling Down, in which Michael Douglas plays a character who could clearly be married to the Traffic Rager.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Bob, when you just make up shit like your fictitious conversation with Mr. Telfort/Michael Douglas, is that supposed to instruct the rest of us on journalistic ethics?

Also, is it really satire if it's not funny?

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Anonymous Barbara Ganouche said...

Leave the shithead alone. Both of them, actually.

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Blogger Florida Pulp said...

I take my dog to the vet and come back to see the love filling the room again ... it's so refreshing. To anonymous #3, that wasn't satire. It was just a goof, and obviously not a good one in your eyes. Hey, I've got to amuse myself every now and then, if nobody else.

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Blogger The King said...

Yeah, Brother Anonymous, right on with your high-minded drivel about "journalistic ethics." Norman could certainly use some. Or maybe he just needs some religion to get his mind right with the gods. Either way, I'm with you, the guy is void of ethics, journalistic or otherwise. Nice to know you're out there, BA, manning the ramparts, as it were.

Say, Brother Norman, what's with all the "This post has been removed by the blog administrator" posts? Who's running this show--Dick Cheney? Where's your journalistic ethics? I'd hazard a guess to that question, but suppose it would only land in the blog administrator's scrap heap of unacceptable and unpublishable posts. So I'll just leave the question open-ended. Perhaps Brother Anonymous will settle the matter with a few words from the Ethics Committee.

And, finally, for your amusement, here's Shaquille O'Neal, after the Heat's improbable come-from-behind victory last night over the hapless Celtics: "They shot the ball well early. But what comes out of the microwave hot doesn't always stay hot. I know, because I eat bagels in the morning."

Now there's a man--nay, a philosopher, a shaman--who could teach us all something about ethics. As with the words of Muhammad, Jesus, and Grandmaster Flash, if only we would listen ...

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Blogger Florida Pulp said...

Brother King, you asked, I'm answering. The deleted comments were spam from some Internet company that is clearly devoid of ethics. Like me, according to you, with jive offered in lieu of evidence. Why? Because you have no evidence. Why? Because none exists.

Make your case, King.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo, your highness --

I actually have no beef with Mr. Norman's ethics and generally enjoy his criticisms of the local media. My main objection to his commentaries-through-invented-conversations is that they're not funny. I'd rather read more inane quotes from local sports columnists or zingers about ethics-challenged political reporters. But maybe that's just me.

Carry on, Brother Bob.

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Finally, things are picking up around here. That's good. The King likes his action--and not always with the showgirls-in-white-panties Las Vegas set.

Now, Brother Norman, are you suggesting that I have no evidence regarding your lack of ethics? Really, The King is howling with laughter over here as he mentally reviews Exhitits A through at least S or T. I recall a little Graceland shindig a couple years back where you were being throttled about the neck by a enraged and equally intoxicated former United States Marine who found your lewd style of dancing with his fiance to be, shall we say at the least, unethical. That's really all I can say here in good taste about your personal ethics without subjecting you to a criminal investigation or harsh physical retribution from a veritable potpourri of aggrieved parties. As to your professional ethics, ditto.

Brother A, pardone moi. I thought for sure you were questioning Brother Norman's ethics and, in so doing, brandishing your own sterling credentials as a journalist of the highest ethical order. My apologies for misreading your comments. If you only knew what all this Demerol has done to my brain. Sometimes I can't tell one fabulous showgirl from another. Despite rumors to the contrary, it really ain't all that good to be The King.

Zingers ... that's a good word. It was also once a popular snack cake, something like a twinkie, both of which, zingers and twinkies, The King has devoured many of, usually with a quart or so of fresh buttermilk to wash it all down. How I truly wish I had a case of Zingers with me now. It gets so lonely at the top. So very lonely ...

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Anonymous The King said...

Regarding my recent post, that's "Exhibits," not "Exhitits." Two different nouns entirely. Though I meant to use the former rather than the latter, I'd like to say for the record that I have had far more personal experience with the latter than the former. Such is the life of a rock god.

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Blogger Florida Pulp said...

They don't make Zingers anymore? You sure?

Anyway, I thought you meant JOURNALISM ethics. And there was no lewdness there, just some standard and relatively mild late-night debauchery. Until Boris Karloff Jr. tried to strangle me, that is. But did I resort to violence? No. I looked at him as he tried to grip my throat, smiled politely, and calmly removed his hand. Or something like that. God help that poor girl if she actually married that USofA-trained brute.

Anyway, this isn't supposed to be about me. It's about this sensational pool of journalism talent we have swimming down here in South Florida. Don't forget that, King.

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