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Fernandina News Leader Cuts Off Its Own “Nose for News”

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By Dave Scott, 1-26-24

In his Wednesday, January 17 “Steve’s Marketplace” News Leader column veteran journalist Steve Nicklas detailed his August 2021 personal observation of illegal aliens arriving at Jacksonville International Airport.

Absent from his column was how he had a major national news story snatched from him by the short-sightedness of the paper’s former editor, Scott Byran.

An alternative use for the News Leader?

Last week current editor Dishman displayed her petty-mindedness and amateurism by editing out of Steve’s column a sentence reading: “Alongside popular syndicated blogger Dave Scott, we broke the story in August 2021, months before the lame-street national media.”

Dishman added insult to injury as Steve’s original August 2021 column was spiked by Bryan for a week, depriving Steve and the News Leader of a national scoop thereby enabling me to break it nationwide in my national Biz Pac Review column. That column and the BPR article can be read at http://www.davescottblog.com/jax-airport-a-hub-for-illegals-riding-the-biden-express-while-americans-are-running-for-their-lives-in-afghanistan/ The BPR article was picked up by the New York Post as front page news and continued to spread nationwide from there. The News Leader sat on it for a week, but by then it was old news, much to Steve’s chagrin and the newspaper’s detriment.

Illegal migrants transported to Jacksonville by Biden administration.

The story continues to make daily headlines as blue state politicians demand the Biden administration stop transporting illegals to their overwhelmed states and cities while at the same time demanding federal funds to pay the enormous cost of accommodating those illegals already there.

Illegals deplaning in Jacksonville far away from the main terminal.

It’s bad enough when another news outlet beats a reporter to a story but having your own editors sabotage you is inexplicable.

Steve was alerted to the 2021 flights packed with illegals by a source he cultivated at the airport. I also followed up on that tip, and we both headed to an isolated runway off Pecan Road to await the flights. We were eventually rewarded with a national news story, or at  least I was, thanks to the pettiness and narrowmindedness of the leftist amateurs running the News Leader. Steve was flat on his back in his end zone, sacked by his own team.

What drives people like current News Leader Editor Dishman to hamstring her staffers, particularly an experienced award-winning journalist like Nicklas? She nitpicks and second guesses the popular Nicklas yet gives free reign to the amateurish left wing extremists Tweedledum Mark Tomes and Tweedledee Chuck Oliva, a pair of radical idealogues who make Hamas look laid back.

Steve’s January 17 unedited column ran in the online Florida Citizens Journal https://www.citizensjournal.net/steves-marketplace-on-illegal-migration-2 and other northeast Florida print and online news outlets that carry his syndicated piece. Only News Leader Editor Dishman red penciled it. Does News Leader Publisher Foy Maloy still come to the office? If so where is he amidst all this editorial malfeasance?

The exceptionally untalented Dishman validates what Baltimore media mogul David Smith, Chairman of Sinclair Media, observed when declining a New York Magazine interview in 2018:  “The print media is so left wing as to be meaningless dribble which accounts for why the industry is and will fade away. Just no credibility.”

The online Fernandina Observer’s playacting journalist, city flack, and Black Lives Matter activist, Mike Lednovich, has sympathetic possers at the News Leader with whom he can compare notes.


Speaking Of Lousy Journalism: Doesn’t it seem odd that the main stream media haven’t probed deeper into the bizarre Jeffrey Epstein episode?

A variety of mysteries surround the late Epstein and his antics including the most inexplicable: What did this guy, who was a former schoolteacher, do to become a billionaire? Did he apply the techniques gleaned from the same “Get Rich Fast” book that Hunter Biden read?

What were the services or products Epstein produced that led to his wealth? Were they the same ones honed by Joe’s degenerate son, Hunter? Was he blackmailing his wealthy associates? Did he use young girls as an enticements for them to bankroll whatever projects he was peddling?

And how did Epstein die? Nobody is buying the preposterous scenario that he hung himself on a bed with bedsheets he wasn’t supposed to have in his jail cell. Why didn’t he have a cellmate, as required? Does anybody believe that the guards who were supposed to check on him every 15 minutes dozed off or were surfing the Internet or that the two cell surveillance cameras suddenly crapped out at the same time?

It’s a crime that the media are covering up for Epstein’s influential pals.


Cream & Sugar Please, Hold The Terrorism: Starbucks Workers United, the union that represents Starbucks employees nationwide, refused to condemn the Hamas terrorists that slaughtered 1,200 people in Israel October 7, but gleefully posted “Solidarity with Palestine” Internet statements when Israel’s military retaliated against the killers in Gaza. These caffeinated morons now wonder why so many people are boycotting their locations. The union and Starbucks’ suits should be squirming, as they’re unable to explain why certain customers (Jews, Asians, etc.) don’t matter to them. How does attacking Israel and supporting terrorism help Starbucks employees?

There ae plenty of friendly, cozy, and nonpolitical coffee houses to patronize hereabouts including my favorite, the Amelia Island Coffee Shop at downtown’s 207 Centre Street.


A Shocking Revelation: Leftist politicians across the country are telling us that electric vehicles are the future, that there is a huge market for these cars and trucks. If that’s the case then why are they mandating regulations and offering tax incentives instead of letting the market work?


Poison Ivy: Harvard graduate Lance Morrow, a senior fellow at the Ethics & Public Policy Center and author of “The Noise of Typewriters: Remembering Journalism”, questioned his alma mater in a recent Wall Street Journal editorial asking how the disgraced former Harvard President Claudine Gay, a women with a meager academic record, was allowed to stay on the university’s staff with a salary of more than $900,000 annually.

“The cost of a four-year Harvard education these days is estimated at $334,000,” he wrote. “Instead of firing her for cause, it will be as if Harvard had decided that a dozen undergraduate’s painfully assembled tuitions are to be allocated each year to finance Ms. Gay’s opulence and soothe her bruised feelings.”

Morrow scorned Harvard’s current culture of  “…woke hysteria over pronouns and microaggressions and the atmosphere of doctrinaire self-pity. Let it be morning again in Cambridge, Mass., and not the bitter ideological dusk of the woke, which feels like Walter Ulbricht’s East Germany in the 1950s”, he wrote.


Speaking Of Diversity Equity & Inclusion: Long before Claudine Gay whined that her forced resignation as President of Harvard was fueled by “racial animus”, conservative author, essayist and baseball enthusiast George Will noted that a significant date in America’s civil rights progress involved African-American baseball player Frank Robinson in 1974 when he was hired as manager of the Cleveland Indians, becoming the major leagues’ first black manager. “But” added Will, “an even more important milestone of progress occurred in 1977, when the Indians fired him. That was colorblind equality.”


And the Answer Is “Kamala Harris”:  In the not too distant future her name will be the answer to the following question in trivia quizzes: “Who was the least valuable U.S. governmental employee in history?”


I Spoke At Davos – Sort Of: Reading news reports about the 54th  annual World Economic Forum recently held in Davos, Switzerland, reminded me of when I was part of the 12th event in 1982. I didn’t actually attend but my words and thoughts did.

At the time I headed up Management Communications for IBM’s Paris-based Europe, Middle East & Africa Division (EMEA), which was run by Kaspar V. Cassani, a Swiss-German gentleman, who eventually became vice chairman of the computer giant’s board.

Cassani, a soft spoken gentleman with a German accent, tasked me with cobbling together his talk about the convergence of data processing and telecommunications. This was about five years prior to the introduction of cell phones and when the Internet was in its conception stage. Fax machines were the text messaging devices of the day. Cassani tossed out his ideas to me, I wove them together and he traveled to Davos with a talk titled “The Information Highway”, crammed with predictions and concepts that are commonplace realities today.

Cassani always opened his presentations by greeting his audience with the word: “Welcome.” Since he spoke with a German accent I was always tempted to write the first line as he pronounced it – “Velcome” but never did, which was probably wise.


Curious Combination: Fernandina entrepreneur, restaurateur, and former City Commissioner Tim Poynter recently announced his candidacy for another shot at a Commission seat. Poynter, who lost his last campaign, is running for the slot being vacated by the term-limited Chip Ross.

Poynter selected former commissioner and mayor Arlene Filkoff as his campaign manager but his choice of Genece Minshew for treasurer could be problematic. The choice of Minshew will have voters wondering if Poynter agrees with the former head of the local Pride group to make Fernandina a gay vacation destination, something she advocated but refused to admit or deny during her losing run for a commission seat in the last election three years ago


Praiseworthy Peter: Last Friday a comment appeared here from someone calling himself Peter Praiseworthy that left me and many others chuckling. Mr. Praiseworthy’s attempt at spoofing everyone and everything associated with this column was entertaining, clever, creative, and humorous. He spared no one, including me in his witty parody. He accomplished all of this without resorting to vulgarities, rage, partisan politics, or name-calling.  If Mr. Praiseworthy wants a fun non-paying job there is an immediate opening for him as editor of the Amelia Island News Wrecker, the annual tabloid newspaper parody of the local community.

Republished with the author’s permission. Read The Dave Scott Blog– subscribe Free

Veteran reporter, publicist, blogger Dave Scott of Fernandina Beach

The views expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Citizens Journal Florida.

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