Tuesday, November 18, 2008

City Spin? Bought Air Time? CBS and FOX has the exact same story?

I received an email from Matt Saffer, Fox 30 News, today asking me to call in regards to a story they were planning regarding Friendship Fountain, which I did.

He asked if I had any comment regarding new City plans for the Fountain. I probably went on a bit of a rant regarding what the city has said and done in the past and mentioned the 3 Million RFP the city issued in 2006 and other instances where the city indicated the Fountain needed to be replaced...

RFP: http://www.jaxfountain.com/FountainProject/P1010040.JPG

Susy Wiles: "It can't be done at any kind of a reasonable cost," said Mayor's Office spokeswoman Susie Wiles.

Move Kids Kampus to the site of Friendship Fountain:

Matt also asked if I could possibly be available for an interview which I had to indicate I could not as far as on Camera and then he asked if I could possibly be available for a phone Interview which I indicated I could and provided my number...

No Call.

So I am watching TV tonight and catch the tail end of a Fountain piece on Fox and then while switching back and forth I find another piece on CBS news. I see only a mention that the City has 8 proposals for "revitlizing" the Fountain... Hmmm I seem to remember the City received 7 proposals in 2006? Are these the same?

The stories as I found and captured them, in the event they are altered...
TV30: http://www.fox30online.com/content/topstories/story.aspx?content_id=26aa92ac-622d-44a0-b3ef-9051efc162ca
TV 47: http://www.cbs47.com/content/topstories/story.aspx?content_id=26aa92ac-622d-44a0-b3ef-9051efc162ca

WOW I just realized that after the domain name both URLs are identical... AS are the stories...


I guess I am the only one in town that didn't realize that FOX and CBS Local news was one... I mean I know that NBC and ABC are basically one but FOX and CBS?

Anyway for what it is worth it certainly appears to me that these two stories are 1: Identical, 2: written by the Mayors Office. and 3: 8 proposals when we had 7 in 2006... Maybe they aren't really new?... maybe just some new Spin?

Folks in these Economical Times lets just FIX the Fountain so when the next Blimp Shot is taken it looks impressive... Come on that is still the preferred shot to showcase Jacksonville for each home game even with only the outer ring running...

That is my take, what is yours?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree with leaving the fountain and repairing it!!!! It is such a beautiful place and with Jax being built up the way that it is, it needs to keep what beauty it has!!! We don't need another shopping plaza!!!! We are losing all our trees and gardens!!! I hear song lyrics in this but pretty soon we are only going to be able to see trees and gardens by paying for them at Cummner!!! The parks and rec areas truely need to be maintained and that will allow for jobs also. Come on people in this time of no money we really need to rethink some things. If it works then don't replace...maintain it!!!!! Thank you.