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May 14, 2010 diss_gruntled commented on Local Fox Affiliate Accused of Suppressing Police-Brutality Footage.
I work at Q13 and I can confirm (anonymously of course) that the decision to suppress the police brutality footage was made at the highest levels of station management in cooperation with their friends/co-workers in the Seattle Police Department. The footage was obviously hushed and not delayed interminably as Q13 management lied on the website. Nobody in our newsroom was working on a police brutality story last month, and SPD took no action at all on the incident until after KIRO aired the suppressed footage 19 days later. If we were doing a story on it, SPD would have officially known about the incident and they would have immediately suspended the officers involved, which they did as soon as the footage was leaked. Who suppressed it? KCPQ Station management: Pam Pearson, General Manager. Steve Kraycik, News Director. Tiffani Lupenski, Executive Producer. Erica Hill, Newsroom Manager. David Rose, Anchor and host of Washington's Most Wanted. The police officers who work closely with the Q13 staff specifically asked their contacts in Q13 management not to air or share the footage in any way. Management complied and refused to do anything with the footage, which is why Jud Morris posted it on YouTube. There are certainly text messages and phone calls, possibly also emails, following the incident which could prove this in court. In deciding not to air, or even publicly acknowledge, exclusive footage that was also evidence of police brutality, Q13 management complied with the spoken requests of their friends at SPD in order to preserve the exclusive nature of their working relationship with local law enforcement. Firing Jud Morris and Steve Kraycik is just another way for station management to cover their stupid unethical blunders. The entire management staff at Q13 and their cowardly friends at SPD should all be fired and also prosecuted for hiding evidence of a crime. I regret the disgraceful conduct of my bosses, and I encourage people to write to the FCC in order to foster a regime change at KCPQ, Inc. Democracy depends on a free press, so we need to send the corporate decision makers a message that this kind of conflict of interest will not be tolerated.

Get the cops out of the newsroom! Police already have too much power without the media lying for them. The people we trust to protect us must be held accountable.
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May 14, 2010 diss_gruntled commented on Q13 News Director Who Sat on Cop Video Resigns.
I work at Q13 and I can confirm (anonymously of course) that the decision to suppress the police brutality footage was made at the highest levels of station management in cooperation with their friends/co-workers in the Seattle Police Department. The footage was obviously hushed and not delayed interminably as Q13 management lied on the website. Nobody in our newsroom was working on a police brutality story last month, and SPD took no action at all on the incident until after KIRO aired the suppressed footage 19 days later. If we were doing a story on it, SPD would have officially known about the incident and they would have immediately suspended the officers involved, which they did as soon as the footage was leaked. Who suppressed it? KCPQ Station management: Pam Pearson, General Manager. Steve Kraycik, News Director. Tiffani Lupenski, Executive Producer. Erica Hill, Newsroom Manager. David Rose, Anchor and host of Washington's Most Wanted. The police officers who work closely with the Q13 staff specifically asked their contacts in Q13 management not to air or share the footage in any way. Management complied and refused to do anything with the footage, which is why Jud Morris posted it on YouTube. There are certainly text messages and phone calls, possibly also emails, following the incident which could prove this in court. In deciding not to air, or even publicly acknowledge, exclusive footage that was also evidence of police brutality, Q13 management complied with the spoken requests of their friends at SPD in order to preserve the exclusive nature of their working relationship with local law enforcement. Firing Jud Morris and Steve Kraycik is just another way for station management to cover their stupid unethical blunders. The entire management staff at Q13 and their cowardly friends at SPD should all be fired and also prosecuted for hiding evidence of a crime. I regret the disgraceful conduct of my bosses, and I encourage people to write to the FCC in order to foster a regime change at KCPQ, Inc. Democracy depends on a free press, so we need to send the corporate decision makers a message that this kind of conflict of interest will not be tolerated.

Get the cops out of the newsroom! Police already have too much power without the media lying for them. The people we trust to protect us must be held accountable.
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May 9, 2010 diss_gruntled commented on Did Q-13 Fox Suppress Police Brutality Video?.
I work at Q13 and I can tell you that we refused to air the damning footage because we wanted to protect our cozy relationship with local law enforcement. Our unethical and unintelligent management team decided to pass up on a great exclusive story because they thought it was more important to cover up for the crooked cops that we work so closely with on Washington's Most Wanted. Now we as a station are categorically lying about it in order to cover our asses because our stupid leaders have no integrity here at KCPQ. In general, a corporate run media cannot be trusted. All mainstream media outlets are privately owned cheerleaders and not the independent watchdog's needed for a healthy democracy. We are simply the most transparent in our bias. As a technical staff worker, I am deeply ashamed to be a part of this disgraceful organization. Jud was fired for being ethical. Kudos to him for not caving in or selling out. SPD and Q13 need to clean house and get their shit together.
 
 

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