Narrow Search

  • Show Only

  • Category

  • Narrow by Date

    • All
    • Today
    • Last 7 Days
    • Last 30 Days
    • Select a Date Range

Comment Archives: stories: News: Desperately Seeking the News

Re: “Phil Williams 101

Check out the school that Tennessee's new Education Commissioner got his bachelors from: Regents College

Posted by roger on 07/25/2008 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Phil Williams 101

Matt, Matt, Matt... You're glib... Phil Williams' best work was with THE TENNESSEAN, WKRN (where he interviewed me about Amy McKeehan's sexual discrimination lawsuit) and early on with WTVF (though his recent airlines expose was unquestionably Peabody-worthy). During those days the emphasis was on the content of Phil's reports, not on his persona. Not that Williams bears responsibility for the promotions' department's actions, but I assume he has the in-house clout to object. Of most concern: Where is the outrage at Phil's "casually" opening John Ford's desk, removing three OmniCare-related documents and taking them with him back to Channel 5 where he made copies, only turning them over to authorities at Mike Cutler's direction? (And is it a coincidence that Cutler suddenly "retired" as WTVF's news director just before this situation came to light, leaving Sandy Boonstra to "tidy up," assuming other media are as willing as I to break the "gentleman's agreement" among journalists not reveal ethical lapses among scribes?) Re: your other points. Phil's fake academic credentials story was a localized rewrite of CBS' Sixty Minutes "Diplomas For Sale" (Vicky Mabrey's November, 2004 report). Further, I doubt that Phil is "the most feared reporter in Nashville." He might be if he took on the egregious excesses of Music Row's 501 (3)(C)outfits (check out the links on my Web site to stories about the Country Music Foundation and Country Music Association. Add to these investigations of such IRS-protected Form 990 mission-statement abusers as Leadership Music, the Country Radio Broadcasters, etc., Governor Bredesen's attempt to silence Cover Tennessee critics, or even Phil's own station's failure to provide balance on its Morningline and Open Line presentations of controversial issues. (Those programs predictably feature advocates for the extremes, the suggestion being that Channel 50 has somehow addressed more moderate viewpoints and concerns. Further, these "public affairs" programs are often nothing more than excuses for the station's self-promotion of its more tabloid "news" stories. File a complaint with the WTVF and it goes in a public file no one looks at. Try to file a complaint with the FCC and you'll find there's no form on which to do so, since such failure to act in keeping with, let alone acknowledge, public ownership of the airwaves is perfectly legal.) And it wasn't Phil nor Demetria Kalodimos whose reporting resulted in the Metro Police Department firing Richard Thomas. (That distinction belongs to Larry Brinton. Remember him?) The next time Phil (or any other investigative reporter) complains on-camera about someone's failure to return a phone call, it might be illustrative for that news(wo)man to disclose that they themselves do not return calls. I might add that Jennifer Kraus, an excellent investigative reporter whose work you failed to acknowledge, DOES return phone calls. It is my hope that the thin-skinned of my fellow reporters will view my criticisms as constructive, even as I take exception to your claim, Matt, that "Most of their peers in print don't know who Bill Boner was." That certainly isn't true of veteran reporters, though, again none of them ever explored why the patron saint of NASHVILLE SCENE award categories received such fierce and overwhelming support from Music Row during his congressional and mayoral careers. Such an investigative report would be even more of an eye-opener than the one about Bill and Traci's "Seven Hours of Passion!" [It may also explain why the Nashville Songwriters Association (International) is such a vastly different organization under Bart Herbison's direction than it was under Maggie Cavender's aegis.] Stacy Harris Publisher/Executive Editor Stacy's Music Row Report http://www.geocities.com/stacy.harris/report.html

Posted by Stacy Harris on 07/23/2008 at 9:42 PM

Re: “Phil Williams 101

Matt, Matt, Matt... You're glib... Phil Williams' best work was with THE TENNESSEAN, WKRN (where he interviewed me about Amy McKeehan's sexual discrimination lawsuit) and early on with WTVF (though his recently airlines expose was unquestionably Peabody-worthy). During those days the emphasis was on the content of Phil's reports, not on Phil's persona. Not that Williams bear responsibility for the promotions' department's actions, but I assume he has the in-house clout to object. Of most concern: Where is the outrage at Phil's "casually" opening John Ford's desk, removing three OmniCare-related documents and taking them with him back to Channel 5 where he made copies of them, only turning them over to authorities at Mike Cutler's direction? (And is it a coincidence that Cutler "retired" as WTVF's news director just before this situation came to light, leaving Sandy Boonstra to "tidy up" assuming other media are as willing as I to break the "gentleman's agreement" among journalists not reveal ethical lapses among scribes?) Re: your other points. Phil's fake academic credentials story was a localized rewrite of CBS' Sixty Minutes "Diplomas For Sale" (Vicky Mabrey's November, 2004 report). I doubt that Phil is "the most feared reporter in Nashville." He might be if he took on the egregious excesses of Music Row's 501 (3) (C)outfits (check out the links on my Web site to stories about the Country Music Foundation and Country Music Association. Add to these investigations of such IRS-protected Form 990 mission-statement abusers as Leadership Music, the Country Radio Broadcasters, etc.), Governor Bredesen's attempt to silence Cover Tennessee critics, or even Phil's own station's failure to provide balance on its Morningline and Open Line presentations of controversial issues. (Those programs predictably feature advocates for the extremes, the suggestion being that they have somehow addressed more moderate viewpoints and concerns. Further, these "public affairs" programs are often nothing more than excuses for the station's self-promotion of its more tabloid "news" stories. File a complaint with the WTVF and it goes in a public file no one looks at. Try to file a complaint with the FCC and you'll find there's no form on which to do so, since such failure to act in keeping with, let alone acknowledge, public ownership of the airwaves is perfectly legal.) And it wasn't Phil nor Demetria Kalodimos whose reporting resulted in the Metro Police Department firing Richard Thomas. (That distinction belongs to Larry Brinton. Remember him?) The next time Phil (or any other investigative reporter) complains on-camera about someone's failure to return a phone call, it might be illustrative for that news(wo)man to disclose that they themselves do not return calls. I might add that Jennifer Kraus, an excellent investigative reporter whose work you failed to acknowledge, DOES return phone calls. It is my hope that the thin-skinned of my fellow reporters will view my criticisms as constructive, even as I take exception to your claim, Matt, that "Most of their peers in print don't know who Bill Boner was." That certainly isn't true of veteran reporters, though, again none of them ever explored why the patron saint of NASHVILLE SCENE award categories received such fierce and overwhelming support from Music Row during his congressional and mayoral careers. Such an investigative report would be even more of an eye-opener than the one about Bill and Traci's "Seven Hours of Passion!" [It may also explain why the Nashville Songwriters Association (International) is such a vastly different organization under Bart Herbison's direction than it was under Maggie Cavender's aegis.] Stacy Harris Publisher/Executive Editor Stacy's Music Row Report http://www.geocities.com/stacy.harris/report.html

Posted by Stacy Harris on 07/23/2008 at 8:49 PM

Sign Up! For the Scene's email newsletters





* required

All contents © 1995-2014 City Press LLC, 210 12th Ave. S., Ste. 100, Nashville, TN 37203. (615) 244-7989.
All rights reserved. No part of this service may be reproduced in any form without the express written permission of City Press LLC,
except that an individual may download and/or forward articles via email to a reasonable number of recipients for personal, non-commercial purposes.
Powered by Foundation