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Blog bits: Whatever happened to…

Blog bits: Whatever happened to…

Mike Bettes. Bettes was a decent weather guy for WLOS a couple of years ago. He wore excellently tailored suits. He didn’t over-hype the weather. He bored us with his bike-riding. But Bettes seemed like a decent guy. Until he got wrapped up with his fake Australian girlfriend. She was a KISS Country radio personality, and I can’t for the[Read More…]

by June 27, 2005 8 comments Asheville News
Draft ’em: Marvin, Raymond, Rashad and May

Draft ’em: Marvin, Raymond, Rashad and May

NBA draft time is almost here. Should be fun to watch and see how the next generation performs. Will they stand up to the other Carolina greats who have come before? Meanwhile, I hope ol’ Roy is working hard to be prepared when things crank up again this fall. Please follow and like us:

by June 27, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Got ink-stained fingers?

Got ink-stained fingers?

Do you cherish the written word? If so, Scott McLeod wants you writing for him. McLeod, the editor at the Smoky Mountain News in Waynesville, is looking for some new, ink-stained blood to liven up his pages. He wrote a nice column about his search. McLeod has had some very good writers grace his pages. They infuse his weekly tab[Read More…]

by June 27, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
GanjaGate: A station reacts

GanjaGate: A station reacts

The local TV news station had little to say tonight at 6 on GanjaGate. Nothing to say, to be exact. Still, you could read the reaction on the news readers’ faces if you looked closely. 1. Holly Headache’s reaction to Charu’s story. (Ouch) 2. Candy Little’s reaction. (Asleep) 3. Julie Wunderful’s reaction. (Clueless) Please follow and like us:

by June 26, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Charu’s reefer madness

Charu’s reefer madness

When will WLOS acknowledge what’s been happening with Charu and her story on the medical marijuana guy? When will WLOS install an ethics policy, and enforce it? When will DA Ron Moore make a decision on whether or not to prosecute the local TV station for its role in the marijuana story? The wait continues. Please follow and like us:

by June 26, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Susan Reinhardt gets some pub

Susan Reinhardt gets some pub

I keep seeing Ashvegas Citizen-Times columnist Susan Reinhardt’s new book at Barnes & Noble. I hear her on the radio talking about her new book. Here’s another little story to keep the pub machine going. Please follow and like us:

by June 26, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
The ‘Punnyman’ at work

The ‘Punnyman’ at work

1. John Le. 2. John Le on puns. 3. What I’d like to do to one of John Le’s scripts. Please follow and like us:

by June 26, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
GanjaGate page

GanjaGate page

I’ve added a GanjaGate page to help you keep up with all the posts. Click on “GanjaGate” on the left, and you’ll see all the blog posts, ordered from first to last. Please follow and like us:

by June 26, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
GanjaGate: More of what you said

GanjaGate: More of what you said

Comments keep rolling in on GanjaGate. Romani has this: I grew up in an city where there was a local affiliate for each network, those stations wouldn’t have tried to pull something like this because they knew the other two would be all over it. I’ve said all along that if WLOS had ANY local competition, their news broadcasts wouldn’t[Read More…]

by June 26, 2005 3 comments Asheville News
GanjaGate: Transcript, pt. 6 – Manipulating the news

GanjaGate: Transcript, pt. 6 – Manipulating the news

Here is Charu dancing around questions about promising her source that she would conceal his identity when it came to smoking the pot she asked him to smoke for her story: Q And did you indicate to him that his neither his identity, that is his name or his face would be shown on the broadcast if he did that?[Read More…]

by June 26, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

GanjaGate: Transcript pt. 5: Asking a source to break the law

Here’s the part of the transcript where Charu admits to asking the source to break the law for her. She’s being cross-examined by the alleged pot smoker’s defense attorney, Charles Brewer. I really don’t know how much more clearcut this case can be, people. Q Okay. And what we saw on the actual broadcast, what portion of that was from[Read More…]

by June 26, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
GanjaGate: Transcript, pt. 4 – The lowly intern

GanjaGate: Transcript, pt. 4 – The lowly intern

Here’s more from the transcript of the federal court hearing involving Charu and the local TV news station. This is Steven William Ward’s defense attorney, Charles Brewer, cross-examining her on the stand. The hearing was to consider weather Ward’s bond should be revoked for smoking pot for a WLOS stroy. Interns get no respect. Q Do you remember the date[Read More…]

by June 26, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Stickers, stamps and more

Stickers, stamps and more

Got a funny newsclipping or a neat photo to share? Want to drop a dime with a juicy tidbit? You can now write Ashvegas the old fashioned way at the following address: Ashvegas P.O. Box 16561 Asheville NC 28816 Remember, you can click on the “e-mail” button on the left to send me a note. Or you can click at[Read More…]

by June 26, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Honda Hoot, please come back

Honda Hoot, please come back

The Honda Hoot just wrapped up over in Knoxville, and it makes us here at Ashvegas long for the days when the Hoot would hit town. My spywitnesses tell me that Charlie Keller, the director of the Hoot, recently met with Mayor Charles Worley to talk. Worley obviously wants the Hooters back. No report on whether any progress was made.[Read More…]

by June 26, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

GanjaGate: Rehashing what we know for those of you who are ethically challenged

Let’s review, because everyone calling themselves “wlos insider” or something similar sees no wrong in the Charu medical marijuana story, while everyone else does. Charu does a story on medical marijuana. Charu interviews Steven William Ward as her one main source. Charu reports that Ward suffers from multiple sclerosis. Charu does not report that Ward has been convicted in federal[Read More…]

by June 26, 2005 4 comments Asheville News
GanjaGate: The transcript, pt. 3 – Charu gets questioned

GanjaGate: The transcript, pt. 3 – Charu gets questioned

Here’s the direct questioning of Charu by the federal prosecutor (typos are part of the transcript): Q Ma’am, would you state your name and spell your first and last names for the record. A Charu Kumarhia. C-H-A-R-U, last name, K-U-M-A-R-H-I-A. Q And how are you employed, ma’am? A I work with WLOS Sinclair Broadcasting. Q How long have you been[Read More…]

by June 26, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Diction for Darcel

Diction for Darcel

At the behest of a loyal reader, who suggested I try some screen capture technology to better bring you images to go with my posts, I bring you this. Ashvegas Refugee, what do you think? Say it with me, Darcel: encourage. Encourage. Not “en-carriage.” Encourage. Hurricane. Repeat after me. Hurricane. Not “harri-cane.” Hurricane. Please follow and like us:

by June 26, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
No more Jar-Jar, please

No more Jar-Jar, please

Scottie-too-Hottie, please don’t give me any more Jar-Jar Binks impressions. I’m begging you. Scott and Darcel made quite the team Friday night. Scott, keep buttering her up with comments like the one the other night, about how there aren’t many celebrities that look as good as Diva Darcel and all. She ate that shit up. Please follow and like us:

by June 26, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
GanjaGate: Will it be prosecuted?

GanjaGate: Will it be prosecuted?

Big questions remain: will WLOS acknowledge this story by reporting on themselves, as so many other responsible media outlets do? As far as I could see at 6 tonight, they let another opportunity slip by. The other question: Will Charu be prosecuted? Here’s the newspaper story again: Federal prosecutors Friday reviewed a court transcript in which a WLOS-TV reporter (Cherub[Read More…]

by June 26, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
More GanjaGate reaction rolls in

More GanjaGate reaction rolls in

insider says: – I think its very unfair to group everyone at the station into this because of charu…Everyone knows she’s been doing things like this since she got here..factual errors, overexagerating stories, promising not to show something and doing it anyway..things other reporters have been cleaning up after her for years and she never gets in trouble by management…Too[Read More…]

by June 26, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
GanjaGate reaction starts to roll in

GanjaGate reaction starts to roll in

A sampling: White Lightnin’ has this on the “Cheech and Charu” post: Best. Headline. Ever.<br/Classic. Simply classic. Romani Heart has this: Oh… my… gawd. I think I just heard what little respect I had for anyone at WLOS go swirling down the drain. Bulldog, regarding Charu’s ethics: It could have been worse. At least she wasn’t doing a story on[Read More…]

by June 25, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
‘One toke over the line’

‘One toke over the line’

Dedicated to: Charu From: Ashvegas “I’m a joker, I’m a smoker, I’m a mid-night toker …. Just don’t do it on teeveee. Whoo, oooo ooo.” And this: “One toke over the line, sweet Char – ru. One toke over the line…” Please follow and like us:

by June 25, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Countdown: When will WLOS acknowledge the story?

Countdown: When will WLOS acknowledge the story?

So here’s the deal: a story in the Citizen-Times today reports that Charu asked a subject for a TV story to smoke some Mary Jane to spice up her report on medical marijuana. The story paints the multiple sclerosis sufferer as a victim, a poor soul who needs some weed just to lift a pan off the stove. What Charu[Read More…]

by June 25, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
GanjaGate: The transcript, pt. 2

GanjaGate: The transcript, pt. 2

Here’s the next installment (typos are theirs) of the transcript. Click “Ganja Gate” at the bottom of this post to see all the posts on this topic. This is the judge asking questions of the probation officer of a guy who says that WLOS reporter Charu Kumarhia asked him to smoke pot as part of her story on medical marijuana.[Read More…]

by June 25, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

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