Mon
Jul 2 2012
10:29 am

We are told that attorneys for Knox Co. Mayor Tim Burchett have served the Knoxville News Sentinel with papers demanding that the KNS explain how they gained access to the campaign's online bank records. We are also told that KNS Editor Jack McElroy confronted the process server, and recorded it.

Anyone know anything about this?

JCB's picture

Sunshine?

"Mayor Tim Burchett have served the Knoxville News Sentinel with papers demanding that the KNS explain how they gained access to the campaign's online bank records."

I'd like to know the answer to that too.

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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We are also told that KNS Editor Jack McElroy pitched a fit, and recorded it.

I didn't quite grasp this, Randy? Jack recorded what, the "fit?"

Where, how, to what end???

R. Neal's picture

It is my understanding that

It is my understanding that McElroy came out of his office and confronted the clerk or messenger or whoever it was delivering the papers, and that he (McElroy) made a video of the confrontation.

Rachel's picture

I suspect the KNS will refuse

I suspect the KNS will refuse to reveal their source(s).

And I'm not sure this is the smartest move Burchett can make. I'm one of the folks not convinced of any deliberate wrong-doing. He can put this matter to rest in my mind my simply filing an amended statement that explains the unexplained expenditures.

I'm totally uninterested in watching him do battle with the KNS.

R. Neal's picture

I agree KNS is under no

I agree KNS is under no obligation to reveal their source. It is, however, legitimate to question how access to the Burchett campaign's bank records occurred, whether it was by an authorized party, whether it occurred at KNS facilities, etc. etc.

SnM's picture

From the Upfront Page

From the Upfront Page blog:

Mayor subpoenas newspaper's records

alan swartz's picture

chicken feather

Why isn't that on the front page instead of the Upfront Page? If the Sentinel is going to 'fight this subpoena vigorously' why hide it on an obscure blog that doesn't even allow comments? Don't guess you will satirize this will you?

Pam Strickland's picture

Alan, you're not reasoning

Alan, you're not reasoning well. The blog was quick and to the point. A full story takes time to develop. THINK, Alan. Give your brain something to do.

Bbeanster's picture

Alan, you're not reasoning

Alan, you're not reasoning well. The blog was quick and to the point. A full story takes time to develop. THINK, Alan. Give your brain something to do

Uhh, Pam, the event in question happened last Friday, not today.

Pam Strickland's picture

No, Betty. Check again. It

No, Betty. Check again. It happened today.

Bbeanster's picture

Pam, unless the source who

Pam, unless the source who told me about it over the weekend was a soothsayer, you are dead wrong. It happened Friday afternoon.

Somebody's picture

I would say that's got to be

I would say that's got to be a little embarrassing, but it probably isn't.

Average Guy's picture

Friday

The subpoena, delivered to editor Jack McElroy on Friday afternoon,...

(link...)

Pam Strickland's picture

I stand corrected. I was

I stand corrected. I was going on when the blog post occurred. There was nothing that indicated that it was Friday. Today's news story clarifies that.

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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As in quite literally "attacking the messenger?" And recording the attack, too?

Sounds like a misdirected response and a petty one, both, since KNS should have counsel on staff (or retainer) who is better qualified and specifically authorized to respond not to that messenger, but to his boss?!

Well, I do hope that aspect of the report you got is in error...

Thanks for the clarification, though.

alan swartz's picture

Video recording the meltdown

Video recording the meltdown is odd. It sounds like news. Will the Sentinel report it or not? If they don't report it, what does that say about this mire they've gotten stuck in? Will McElroy answer questions from WATE? He has now inserted himself into the story. Protecting a source is one thing. But how can the Sentinel not answer Burchett's questions? Does a paper have a legal right to post bank account information regardless of how that got the information? Redacted info or not, isn't this a violation of privacy?

reader's picture

It's getting interesting

Average Guy's picture

Will McElroy answer questions

Will McElroy answer questions from WATE?

Now there's an interesting question.

If the KNS feels the whole story is newsworthy, then surely this part of it is as well.

With Harmon's action, will the source not eventually be revealed in spite of the current KNS position?

Michael's picture

Heh

Not sure what sign-in sheets and video surveillance would reveal about email received.
~m.

Rachel's picture

My exact first thought.

My exact first thought.

Barker's picture

message

A person who posts here tried to send me a private message through knoxnews, but it could not be delivered. Please just send an email to barkers@knoxnews.com. Thanks, and pardon the interruption.

Hildegard's picture

Ah HAH...it's somebody in

Ah HAH...it's somebody in this very room.....

WhitesCreek's picture

No I'm not. Oh wait....Damn!

No I'm not. Oh wait....Damn!

Jamie Satterfield's picture

video

Burchett sought KNS video. McElroy did not video the encounter with the process server.

R. Neal's picture

How could Burchett request

How could Burchett request video of a subpoena being served before it was served?

Barker's picture

video

He asked for surveillance video.

R. Neal's picture

McElroy did not video the

McElroy did not video the encounter with the process server.

I have reliable sources saying he did record it or at last part of it.

Waiting for your retraction, or else your offer of proof of your assertion that I'm a liar.

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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Randy, I think Jamie's saying that the "video" reference in the original message you received related only to what it was this process server was seeking (on behalf of Burchett), not how it was McElroy responded to the process server.

The only "video" in this incident is the "video" Burchett wants of visitors to KNS's front lobby?

This whole discussion is turning hilarious, on both threads...

R. Neal's picture

No, not exactly.

No, not exactly.

(Except,yeah, it's all pretty hilarious.)

Jamie Satterfield's picture

Right

Yes, that is exactly what I said. Whomever told you McElroy videoed the process server in action was wrong.

R. Neal's picture

Did you witness the incident?

Did you witness the incident?

Factchecker's picture

Not whomever

Whoever.

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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That "whomever" versus "whoever" stuff just skeers me, FC :-)

EconGal's picture

.

That "whomever" versus "whoever" stuff just skeers me, FC :-)

There's many people who share your fear.

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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I'm going to ignore that because she's such a lovely person...

Factchecker's picture

Grammar cop

Biggest, juiciest softball that's been thrown my way in a long time. : >)

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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It didn't really occur to me until I saw someone suggest it at the KNS site, but...

It may be that we should not perceive Burchett's serving this subpeona on KNS as an indicator of how he plans to address his constituents' questions about his campaign finances.

It may be that we should instead perceive the action as just a step he needs to take WRT points important for him to document as part of his divorce proceeding?

After all, we are aware that someone--if not his estranged wife, then someone wanting us to think s/he is his estranged wife--is acting quite aggressively in cyberspace to disparage and attack him at every turn? I refer to the bitter blog posts, tweets, and private messages sent to strangers at the KNS site, some or all of which we have every one witnessed?

If the person doing these things really is his estranged wife, very possibly his reasons for obtaining this subpeona have less to do with any pending investigation of his campaign records and more to do with his imminent final divorce decree?

Since reading the suggestion, I've become almost sure of it...

Bbeanster's picture

Game, Set, Match

...his reasons for obtaining this subpeona have less to do with any pending investigation of his campaign records and more to do with his imminent final divorce decree?

We have a winner.

fischbobber's picture

On the subject

I had this great reply to a disparaging comment upon my intellect researched, cut, copied, pasted, bolded, italicized, quoted and, you know, all that shit you do for this stuff when you're getting paid. Then I hit the wrong key and rather than start over, I moved on.

Soon after I stumbled upon your comment. I think you're right.

I'll go one step further. I'll bet the mayor pins this on his future ex-wife without the Sentinel's help, and the Sentinel will have to give it up after the immediacy of the issue dies down.

The preceding comments are prognostication and not slander. At least no slander was intended.

God Bless You, darling. ;-)

Pam Strickland's picture

I'd go w/ whoever, but that's

I'd go w/ whoever, but that's because I've never been comfortable w/ anyform of whom. ;-)

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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Yeah, it's like Fats Waller used to say: One never knows, do one?

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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I shouldn't have been so slow to conclude it, Betty.

I am someone who got one of those bizarre private messages disparaging him just last weekend, from a poster I didn't know who wrote me as "SilentPartnerNoMore."

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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I would say that's got to be a little embarrassing, but it probably isn't.

Like most everybody else, I'm certainly an outsider to their divorce proceedings. I have no idea whether there's any "meat" to her (?) unrelenting disparagement of him.

Her "methods," though, strike me as so despicable that my immediate emotional response has been to bristle in his defense.

I really think her behavior reflects more poorly on her than on him, but I can’t fault him for trying any way he can to put a stop to it.

Factchecker's picture

Today's news about funding

Today's news about funding the Burchetts' joint account with campaign funds doesn't look good for Tim.

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