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It’s well known that ever since the Sinclair Broadcast Group acquired ownership of KBTV Fox 4, in Beaumont, KFDM has acted in ways that indicated those who are employees of the station have a tremendous chip on their shoulders. Once the pinnacle of success in the local media market because KFDM was the primary news resource used by nearly every government in the region, KFDM has slipped drastically in the media marketplace in recent years. This is due, in part, to an overall attitude among KFDM employees they are somehow far better than everyone else, and the stunts they pulled on those who were then working with KBTV can be described only as “deplorable“. Sinclair Group would tell the KBTV employees one thing, and KFDM News Director David Lowell would do something completely different. The best example is what happened with then KBTV News Director Angel San Juan. Sinclair had assured the KBTV employees that no one would be losing their job because the station was already short-handed. A few days later, Angel San Juan was let go. This wasn’t a bad thing in that not long afterward Angel landed an investigative reporter position with KBMT 12 News, and has been there to the delight of viewers ever since. However, because of San Juan’s extremely popularity in the viewing public, KFDM suffered tremendously once word got out regarding San Juan’s dismissal. KFDM has been trying to recover ever since.
But KFDM has done more to shoot itself in the foot. Long before the takeover of KBTV, KFDM personnel demonstrated acts of moral turpitude. Affairs between married station employees and other married individuals seemed to be “the rule of the day“, and there were several. There was a major falling out between KFDM and Jefferson County government following the discovery of one such inappropriate relationship. Then, not long ago, News Anchor Ashley Gaston demonstrated her excellent command of filthy language by openly called out another reporter working for a different news agency.
KFDM has tried to get itself back up off the ground and become something more favorable in the eyes of the viewing public. The Jefferson County Beer Party has learned of a new relationship having been created between KFDM 6 News and Jerry Jordan, author and investigative reporter of SETINVESTIGATES.COM. The Beer Party understands this new relationship will permit KFDM News to use some of the investigative reports created and developed by Jordan. Certainly Mr. Jordan’s credibility will enhance that of KFDM 6 News. But then this came to be:
Granted, there is a lot of animosity within the general news media for Philip Klein, author of the Southeast Texas Political Review. But to post something like this, and especially accusing Klein of lying in a public social venue, is nothing short of a complete insult to the integrity of the local news media as a whole! How very unprofessional!
If this is indicative of how those who work for KFDM feel about others in the local news media, then KFDM will continue to slide in the local news media ratings game. According to a recent ratings report, KFDM has slipped into almost last place well behind KBMT 12 News. Ratings in Southeast Texas are based upon which member of the media garners the most advertiser dollars, and not how many people may be watching the programming.
The Jefferson County Beer Party suffers no love-loss with KFDM, but that’s another story already presented. And, there are hard feelings between the Beer Party and Philip Klein. However, there isn’t any excuse whatsoever for KFDM News personnel to behave in a manner like this. As much as KFDM isn’t a favorite of the Jefferson County Beer Party, it’s things like this that make it even less popular with us. We hope the general viewing agrees and takes their interests elsewhere.
SPECIAL NOTE: Sources have advised the Jefferson County Beer Party the person who posted the offensive comments into Facebook is in reality Ashley Gaston of KFDM News. According to sources, “Elaine” is her middle name and is sometimes what she uses when posting in social media. The Beer Party can’t speak for everyone, but it just seems a wee bit odd she would post something so offensive and do it in a way that would lead some people into thinking someone else is the culprit.