Is it you readers the local media hates?

By:  Diane Benjamin Some time around 2017 the rules changed at the Law and Justice Center for taking electronic devices inside the building.  The head Circuit Court judge appointed a member of the media to approve press credentials so they could take in cameras, cell phones etc.  The first press coordinator was Edith Brady-Lunny who […]

Fake News

By:  Diane Benjamin This story could go 1000 different ways.  Most readers here know Fake News when they see it. The local media doesn’t. This morning two women on a local radio station were discussing how distressing it is to be called Fake News since they are in the media. A month or so ago […]

Things that don’t fit anywhere else

By:  Diane Benjamin It looks like Kroger won’t be building on East College.  There is a sign on the property now advertising Commercial property for sale,. The Pantagraph ran the story below using 10 years of data, not the data from last year showing the Bloomington-Normal Metro area lost population.  https://blnnews.com/2019/04/18/yep-people-are-leaving/ Say it together:  #FakeNews.  […]

Tired of being lied to?

By:  Diane Benjamin I’ve been writing about the Coliseum and the lies media repeats for years! CIAM and VenuWorks created their own financial statements.  Every local media uses their numbers and repeats them like gospel.  Both can say anything they want in those statements – they create them. Numbers reported by both are not accurate, […]

Pantagraph and Social media

By: Diane Benjamin Yesterday the Pantagraph printed an editorial called: Commentary: Social media is hurting America, and 2019 is the year we need to do something about it It was supposedly from the Dallas Morning News with no names attached.  Read it here if you missed it:    https://www.pantagraph.com/opinion/columnists/commentary-social-media-is-hurting-america-and-is-the-year/article_10a43651-9261-5463-8009-d67ea18be67c.html Yes, they claim social media is hurting […]

The media won’t report this!

By:  Diane Benjamin Long time readers know the former Coliseum managers would issue their financial statements, and then the auditor would issue theirs.  The media always reported the CIAM numbers but never the audited numbers. Audited losses were much higher! The media is continuing to report fake news because the audited number from VenuWorks aren’t […]

You can’t make this stuff up!

By:  Diane Benjamin Let’s play a game!  Who can spot the fake news? Source:   https://www.pantagraph.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-cheers-to-arc-teachers-readers/article_3e9ba81f-188f-5be7-909d-e78e823f2825.html Anybody see a problem? . . . .  Nothing was approved! The agenda even states the presentation was to get direction from the Council: What else does the Pantagraph publish they don’t think you are smart enough to know is […]

Biggest Meth Bust?

By:  Diane Benjamin The Pantagraph has a story titled:    https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/police-meth-bust-among-mclean-county-s-largest-cases-on/article_7c910a35-074b-5d4f-84a9-b99d32a389fe.html Police: Meth bust among McLean County’s largest; cases on rise Quote from the story: Cagle was jailed in lieu of posting $15,035; Guilliams was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond. I believe Amber Buck and her boyfriend were arrested with 206 grams of meth.  […]

UPDATE: Pantagraph: Facts Matter

The on-line version has been corrected.  How are they going to correct all those printed copies?  Are there enough to worry about? ______________________________________________ By:  Diane Benjamin If anyone was expecting a hard-hitting editorial by the anonymous writers at the Pantagraph against Tari Renner for once again inflaming the local acrimony Monday night,  you will be […]

More City/Media Jocularity!

By:  Diane Benjamin Today the dead tree, as Ben Yount calls it, stated the City hired the Bronner Group back in 2015 to audit the Coliseum. Instead of “there’s an app for that”, my new saying is “I’ve got a story for that”. From September 17, 2015:  https://blnnews.com/2015/09/17/bronner-group-getting-your-money/ Bronner “discounted” their rate to $145 per hour!  […]

UPDATE: David Hales needs fired today!

Listen to the interview here:  http://www.wjbc.com/2017/09/26/bloomington-officials-react-to-alleged-arena-fraud/ ________________________________________________ By:  Diane Benjamin Of course the Council will do nothing to David Hales for extreme S-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g of the truth this morning on WJBC. Of course Scott Laughlin didn’t know enough facts to confront him. When a podcast is created I will add it to this story. Hales wasted […]

Local FAKE NEWS: The Pantagraph

By:  Diane Benjamin Thank God Steve Vogel is retiring for good!  His column today doesn’t merit commenting on and I sure didn’t read the whole thing.  If I hadn’t jumped to the comments I would have missed that he is walking off into the sunset – keep walking Steve!  I wonder what left winger will […]

Question:

By:  Diane Benjamin How many people urging the Council to approve a Citizens Advisory Board to police the police think: Hands Up Don’t Shoot really happened? How many people on the Council think it did? I saw this comment on Facebook today from a local lady – she made it to a story about Michael […]

Election on Issues or Attacks?

By:  Diane Benjamin The local press needs to decide if they are media or propaganda machines for Tari Renner. The people behind the Facebook page attacking Kevin Lower are Renner supporters.  This is a tweet from one of them proving the connection to Renner: Justin Boyd is Renner’s campaign chairman.  The vile people behind the […]

What is the local media thinking?

By:  Diane Benjamin A fake Twitter account was created only to defeat Ian Bayne.  Twitter is a sewer where people hide behind fake names they think nobody can trace back to them.  Twitter allows almost anything, so these local leftists are allowed to spew as much hate and false information as they want. What should […]

Black: REAL FAKE news–Pantagraph

By:  Diane Benjamin The Pantagraph has a story today about last night’s vote to end the Metrozone agreement in Normal:  http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/government-and-politics/article_bb09a977-1687-56db-81ae-176d6c2807fd.html I didn’t make it past this paragraph : Kevin Lower signed the document with 4 other aldermen to get this vote on the agenda. Details:  HERE When exactly did he oppose the measure?  NEVER! […]

Proof: Pantagraph is FAKE NEWS

By:  Diane Benjamin Facts matter, but the Pantagraph doesn’t have them.  Today they decided to endorse Renner (no surprise) and Bob Fike for mayor.  They want Tari, Fike will be the easiest to beat.  Very predictable. Their decision was made on faulty facts however.  They even PRINTED their faulty facts.  This should PROVE why all […]

NIOT event update

By:  Diane Benjamin I doubt any attendees of the event last night will take the time to watch this video.  Actually having a discussion of facts is no longer possible.  If you read the comments made to the Pantagraph reporter, it’s clear FAKE NEWS is rampant and now encouraged by both local mayors. Where was […]

Pantagraph prints propaganda

By:  Diane Benjamin The local purveyor of government propaganda has reported VenuWorks lost $674,000 in the 7 months since they took over. The only reason this story is out now is because Tuesday night the Coliseum Executive Director will make a presentation to the Council. _______________________________________________________________________ Side note:  This is also Tuesday’s agenda: 2017 ends […]

WGLT, Normal – More FAKE NEWS

By:  Diane Benjamin The Town of Normal held a SHORT meeting last night.  The video claims to be 17:44 minutes, but the meeting didn’t start until 8:22.  Watch it Here Of course nobody mentioned the issue from yesterday pertaining to renting a building to Dan Brady for $1 per year while the Town is paying […]

Why local media is FAKE NEWS

By:  Diane Benjamin Every major news source in Bloomington-Normal is supported by thousands of your tax dollars.  In less than two years your tax dollars went to: Pantagraph:  $338,493.91 WJBC etc:   $148,965.78 Cities 92.9 etc:  $30,474.30 City governments send regular payouts to these entities for thousands of dollars in what they call advertising.  Not limiting themselves […]

Fake news preview

By:  Diane Benjamin On January 3rd you will know why local media is the home of FAKE NEWS! Meanwhile, here’s a preview: WJBC did a year in review – listen HERE Fast forward to hear what they reported for the Coliseum at 31:00 No mention of my findings because of a lawsuit and no mention […]

Dick Durbin: King of FAKE NEWS

By:  Diane Benjamin Sen Dickie Durbin sent me an email today claiming the Electoral College isn’t what the Founders intended.  Yes, FAKE NEWS does exist!  Durbin not only spreads his lies to his email list, he is allowed to spout on any media source that refuses to challenged him. The media enables his FAKE NEWS, […]

Pantagraph doesn’t see FAKE NEWS

By:  Diane Benjamin Yesterday Anonymous Editorial Writer at the Pantagraph urged readers to sift out FAKE NEWS and rely on them along with other main stream sources:  http://www.pantagraph.com/editorial-it-s-simple-check-before-you-share Trying not to laugh, I read it. Just last Saturday, the Pantagraph ran an AP story that used Media Matter for America as a source:  http://www.pantagraph.com/business/google-still-putting-ads-on-fake-news-sites Associated […]

WJBC: Please stop the FAKE NEWS!

By:  Diane Benjamin From WJBC website:  Article and News Reports Tari submitted 785 signatures, the election commission found 581 valid. Not only did Tari Renner turn in over 200 fraudulent signatures, WJBC choose not to report that!  See below. The reporter ignored the conclusions reached by the Bloomington Election Commission.  Isn’t the conclusion the most […]

More media fail – WJBC

By:  Diane Benjamin Yesterday a hearing was held on Kevin Gerrard’s challenge to Tari Renner’s petitions.  WJBC has a report on their website:  HERE As usual, they left out some facts.  The email below was sent to the writer last night by Kevin Gerrard: . Eric, It always amazes me that you and other reporters […]

Rule #1: Politicians LIE

Update:  A FOIA request has been filed for the original story By:  Diane Benjamin The ISU newspaper recently did a story on the challenges to Tari Renner’s petitions:  http://www.videtteonline.com/news/citizen-petitions-renner-campaign/article_13ba946a-bfb8-11e6-884d-7350b8e0cc9d.html Don’t bother clicking on the link though, the story has been taken down. The problem is they included lots of quotes from Renner and very little […]

WJBC, Dick Durbin – fake news

By:  Diane Benjamin Our Democratic US Senator Dick Durbin is a frequent guest on the WJBC morning show.  Unfortunately he is allowed to s-t-r-e-t-c-h the truth unchallenged.  Yes, fake news does exist! Add this story to the long list of ones I never got around to writing last week.  The interview was on 11/29.  Listen […]