I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing, God willing, and those of you that understand and appreciate my work and reporting, then stick around and I'm here to provide an outpost that is 100% genuine and real.
That doesn't mean in any way I'm perfect and do my best not to get it first but to get it right, first.
I do take this position seriously --I don't like writing about people who are about to lose their job and just wantonly throwing out some gossip that affect people's livelihoods --every item involving pink slips and who's leaving and who's not are always double and triple-sourced.
I got word on the Carolyn Johnson story early in the day and tried very hard to get a comment from Carolyn knowing that the information I received was valid. Before pressing the send button, I reached out to friends of hers, other sources, to ask if the story were true even when I knew it was solid but I wanted to be ABSOLUTELY right.
The story was right and not only that, the story that Carolyn Johnson was bolting for KNBC in LA, (reported by me, first, too), was indeed accelerated by a paycut put forth by KGO and ABC/Disney.
Early in the week I was privy to Diane Dwyer from KNTV, (NBC Bay Area), deciding to leave the station because she and her bosses were unable to reach an agreement involving scheduling and it was this blog that had it exclusively.
And better yet, the next day Dwyer acknowledged the story's legitimacy and spoke on the record. Before that post went public I reached out to Diane late into the night to at least give her a chance to comment. I do that with every individual because it's not only fair but the right thing to do.
**Late last week I received a tip that both Cheryl Jennings and Spencer Christian were not going to be renewed when their contracts were up in December. I immediately called a KGO source and asked if they knew something about this rumor. The person said they had not heard that but that, given the financial climate inside the ABC/Disney TV O and O division, it sounded genuine.
Still, I needed more. I called some other people in and around the business who have intricate knowledge and was informed that they heard the same. I sent an e-mail to both Christian and Jennings for comment. I did not receive a response. I tried to call too but was unable to communicate with them. Jennings I know doesn't like me because I had written negative things and so I wasn't surprised; Spencer Christian, I don't know him very well other than he did a radio show I hosted a few years back.
In any event, I made an attempt to contact these people. They, for whatever reason, made no attempt to comment which is their right. The News Director? I did not seek her comment because there's no use contacting her when I know she will not talk--what's she going to say anyway? "You're right Rich, you're spot on" or something to that effect. Truth is, I didn't need any of 'em to talk because the story is accurate. What happens in December will validate that unless someone at KGO wants to keep them to disparage me and my work, fine go ahead, make my day.
I don't pretend that as much as the case that I'm right I'm no different than others who are right too but are human and will get it wrong too every now and then. I will repeat again that I take the time and ask and e-mail people before throwing it out onto the domain. A far cry from some "respectable" Internet sites like TMZ.com which essentially ran a thoroughly false report about Colin Kaepernick. Where's the outrage? And contrary to what some of you think, be I a "blogger", "reporter", "journalist", I do the best I can in gathering information and making sure it is valid. Of course my critics will always throw bricks at me no matter what I could be Woodward and Bernstein 30 times over and they'd find fault and frankly I don't care about them, it's you guys and gals that are here regularly and depend on my reporting and seek Bay Area media news you never get in the mainstream arena.
My record speaks for itself. Those of you that get it will understand and continue to come here and read my work. Those of you that come here that are hellbent on bitching and moaning, God love ya, welcome to the show. You want to aggravate yourself, you're that hard up for being a glutton for punishment, then be my guest and torture yourself. Old habits are hard to break, believe me, I've been there, it's a guilty pleasure.
The fact is, finally, I'm comfortable with my reporting and I'll continue to report--even the hard stuff and no one, no company will step in my way to get you all the news you expect from reading Rich Lieberman 415 Media--news and information, opinion, raw, real, and ALL of it with MY NAME on it not HIDDEN and HIDING behind a computer.
As it should be.
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