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Stormland-TV Advertorial Reporting

Boy, they really did it this time over at KELO-TV. In a story about affordable housing, they put a direct link to Lloyd Companies website to apply for an apartment. Now if Lloyd is paying for the link, fine, but this story borders more on advertising then the need for affordable housing.

Seems the Sales team and the News team have their morning meetings together.

What is really going through Trobec’s mind

People who build ‘Rat Rods’ are ‘Bad Neighbors’


Image: KELO-TV

Leave it up to Jorgi and camera crew to take a picture of this truck. This guy must be in violation, look at the scary maltese cross on the door. This is the first thing I thought when I saw the truck (commenter on FB);

I have a complaint! In this story, you had footage of a pickup truck, when you mentioned abandoned vehicles. That particular vehicle is not abandoned! It belongs to a friend of mine, and is what they call a “rat rod”. It IS registered and licensed. I think you should apologize for not doing proper research, and maybe do a story on the ” Rat rod” scene in the Sioux Falls area. You would learn that the folks who build threes cars are very proud of them. I agree about the problem you covered, but in this case, you blew it.

Yeah, it would be nice if KELO did a story about ‘Rat Rods’ but you can thank DTSF for chasing Automania out of town.

If someone fails to do something about the problem within a few days, the City will issue a fine of $100.  If the property owners continue to ignore the problem, the City will fine them another $200.  A third violation can result in a $300 fine for a total of $600 in fines all together.

And this is where the city has it wrong legally. You can’t continue to issue fines until the first violation has been resolved, and you certainly can’t make them pay every violation. The city has learned nothing from the Dan Daily Supreme court case, except keep doing the same thing over and over and expect different results. The code enforcement ‘system’ in Sioux Falls is broken, not jut because the ordinances are poorly written but because the people in charge of the department are power hungry bullies that take pleasure in harassing property owners.

As for abandoned homes that have no clear title holder, that is an issue all in itself. That has to do with property that has ownership problems. By all means, clean it up and take care of it. But if someone is working on their own licensed vehicle on THEIR property, how is that a violation? The city has no right to tell you what you can do on your own property as long as it is not illegal activity. The city charter is hardly the law of the land, and quite laughable if you ask me.

This code enforcement firestorm by the city and media is out of control. The Charter Revision Commission needs to take a serious look at the ordinances that deal with property cleanup and maintenance.

And BTW, nice job on the staged trash shots by the cameraman to make it look like trash is all over the place. I had to laugh at the containers that were clean and clearly probably taken from the KELO break room trash can. That’s some serious ‘investigative’ journalism Jorgi.


I was interviewed today for a story, I believe it will air Monday night, 10 PM news, ‘Eye on Kelo-land’ about why people are so rude online. Blogs, FB, etc.

I thought the interview went well. Angela also interviewed a journalism professor and a ‘former’ city councilor. I won’t give the story away . . .

Derby date with the mayor and the disappearing Facebook post

So was it the mayor’s spy or Jorgensen’s spy that narced me off?

I have often believed that Don Jorgensen is NOT an objective reporter for Stormland TV news. He is too cushy with the mayor and other politicians. I HAD further proof of this morning, for a fleeting moment anyway.

This is where the story gets interesting. I was having coffee this morning at a local coffee hole and the person I was with had their laptop along. We got into a discussion about the media and KELO‘s obsession with the mayor. Then this person showed me Don’s FB page (which is public) and an exchange between Don and the mayor about lamb chislic (Don’s original post was about how he was craving it.) Don and Mike banter back and forth and the mayor sets up a date with Don to go to the Turner county fair to watch the derby and eat lamb chislic.

That is when I should have taken a screenshot, but I didn’t (DAMMIT!). We talked a bit longer (about 30 minutes) and right before this person left, I said, “You know what, you should take a screenshot of those comments and email it to me.” So we go back to Don’s FB page, and the post is gone. Apparently Don OR the mayor have a spy who follows me to coffee shops and listens to my convo’s.


The only thing I can remember is that there was someone sitting behind us that heard the whole convo. And when we went back to the page, that person was gone.

On a serious note, someone called KELO’s news director, Beth Jensen and made her aware of the FB exchange and that Don shouldn’t be palling around with the mayor.

KELO-TV’s Don Jorgensen misleads the public about an interview with Staggers

Got Wood?

Don had no problem interviewing De about all things quality of life but when it came to interviewing Kermit, Don had this to say;

I asked Staggers for an interview, but he refused to talk to me on camera about why he’s running again.

Yes, this is true, he refused to talk to YOU! But Kermit did agree to speak with ANY OTHER reporter at KELO. See, Don likes to throw Kermit under the bus any and everytime he interviews him, including the time Darrin Smith fed Don a fake junket story about Kermit (even though the money was already allocated and Kermit was the only councilor that volunteered to go on the trip).

Don, maybe it’s not Kermit, maybe it is you? No wait, it is YOU!

And you wonder why Stormland-TV has to steal stories from the Argus and blogs?

UPDATE: Andy Traub on KELO-TV

Andy was on KELO tonight talking about public input at the council meetings.

Why haven’t I seen this before?


Has KELO-TV turned into a propaganda wing for Vernon Brown also?

It seems not only does the Gargoyle Leader have to put Staggers down, Stormland-TV news cannot resist either. At their six-o-clock news it was clear that Kermit had won their poll, but instead of presenting those results they showed Vernon as having the top favorable rating;

Not only is this misleading, it borders on deception and libel. Doesn’t matter if you like Oklahoma State or Nebraska, it only matters who wins. Kermit won the poll, the poll you paid for. I like Santa Claus, doesn’t mean I would elect him to mayor.

This election is about qualifications, something your editors, news directors, camera men, photographers, journalists and probably janitors lack. You are pathetic source of news and you wonder why day in and day out people tune out the news? Because you try to influence instead of inform. In these last 12 days, I beg you to report the news, as is. In fact, I challenge you, because it seems you struggle with it.

As a blogger, it is MY job to influence, not inform. But it seems now days I’m the one that has to put the truth out there. How sad coming from a guy who does it in his underware while listening to his I-Pod.

Is STORMLAND TV NEWS the Propaganda Wing of City Hall?

I’m starting to wonder more and more after they ran this extremely misleading story yesterday;

Some good news for Sioux Falls’ economy. Sales tax collections are up in Sioux Falls for the past two months.

In 2008, the city took in $3.4 million and $3.9 million, but in 2009, they are up slightly for both months. Even so, city officials say the numbers are far from where they were before the recession and that could still mean some major projects could be delayed.

While this is true, they fail to mention that the numbers are only up a couple $100,000 from the year before, and the city is still a negative -3.1% growth from last year, and I doubt that gap will close much. I hope we at least break even, but that will only be offset by the fact that 2009′s budget was a lot higher then 2008′s. While I understand that it is nice to hear some good news during this economy, you must also be truthful when giving that news, this was purely propaganda. Who runs your TV station anyway? Mayor Munson?