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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

CH 10 under fire....the team you cannot trust?

 What would Art Lake think? Chris Clarke? Doug White? The WJAR debacle continues as social media and the Projo continue to rip the once great TV station to shreds. Sources at WJAR say moral has not been this low since they hired News Director Chris Lanni. CH 10 has been shred in in the past few weeks since the national spotlight has been turned up on the owner Sinclair. One staffer said, " I have not seen people so depressed since they forced Gary Ley off the air.

"The Morning Sunrise" program has become a shell of itself with a rotating crew of young inexperienced reporters who look like they should be drawing Rhode Island lottery balls on CH 12. WPRI CH 12 continues to gain momentum by breaking news and going far more in-depth on stories. Former WJAR staffers had a field day up on Smith Hill telling horror stories of the new owners and their "news mandates." For all the complaining, the WJAR anchors are still strong, the I-Team puts out solid work and sports and weather seem fine. 

Will any Progressive/ Democrat candidates refuse to go on the local Sinclair station? Time will tell. To find out what is really going on in the state, listen to the John DePetro Radio show.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Rough week for Rhode Island media wars


The Rhode Island local media usually is a rather cordial "club" with competitors usually being supportive and giving credit where credit is due. However the gloves came off this week as both WJAR CH 10 and Golocal Prov both found themselves under fire in stories covered by the Providence Journal. The fireworks began with a Golocal Prov story involving the hiring of the new URI basketball coach. While schools usually ignore rumors of various candidates being mentioned in the press, URI broke their silence and issued a statement from URI President David Dooley calling the Golocal Prov story a "false story," and requested it be removed regarding Rick Pitino.

 The Journal followed with a story on the controversy adding more fuel to the war of words between the university and Golocal Prov. Sources say the incident infuriated URI with what they called a completely "false, made up story meant to disrupt their hiring process." Golocal continues to defend their story. 

Meanwhile, Frank "coffee cup salute" Coletta found himself along with sidekick Alison Bolonga the butt of jokes and the subject of a front-page story in the Providence Journal regarding their owners and the subject of "fake news." The "team you trust" suddenly was being mocked on a national level for lowering the bar of TV news. The Projo reached out to both morning anchors who refused comment on why they were repeating a pro-Trump message during their news. Where have you gone Doug White? Will Governor Raimondo continue her weekly segment on CH 10 after this Trump controversy? Progressives were all over twitter and Facebook demanding all progressives boycott CH 10 over the "fake news" issue. What would Matt Brown do? 

There is a history of bad blood between WJAR CH 10 and Golocal Prov after Golo posted video of CH 10 Bill Rapleye caught on an open mic discussing which local political leaders he thought  were secretly gay. Back in the fall, CH 10 Bill Rapleye did a news story regarding Hasbro moving, without giving credit to Golo, but instead referred to them as an  "local online website."In the past, Golocal Prov has had to deal with media outlets stealing their work without giving proper credit which is plagiarism. 

 On a positive note, congrats to talkradio  WHJJ which can now be heard on 104.7 FM. Hannity and Rush have never sounded better than on FM. 

To find out the latest on everything local, listen to the John DePetro show weekdays from 11:AM-2:PM.

Friday, March 23, 2018

The Raimondo snow job


How desperate is Governor Raimondo? Desperate enough to create a fake snow emergency in an effort to try to save her failing political career. The Raimondo decision to close state offices for Wednesday(at 6:PM on Tuesday night) was the greatest abuse of power since the Diprete days. Sources say it was Chief of Staff Brett Smiley who convinced Raimondo on Tuesday to close state offices for a storm expected to hit 4:PM on Wednesday. Sources also say Michael DiBiase, Director of Administration, was against the move but overruled by Smiley. 

Smiley ran Providence into the ground

 Keep in mind Massachusetts and Connecticut BOTH kept state offices OPEN on Wednesday. Smiley argued it was a chance for the Governor to be in "emergency command" and gain possible political traction. As a result of the Raimondo decision, schools all over the state cancelled school for a fake emergency with no snow. The weather forecast consistently predicted the storm to start late Wednesday afternoon and it never developed. Raimondo had an 8:AM and 12:noon press briefing at EMA headquarters on Wednesday where she played the part of the "concerned mom." Although Raimondo referenced the "December debacle" of 2007, that was a much different storm with snow falling at 3 inches an hour and it arrived 5 hours early. At no time was 3 inches per hour the prediction for this storm. The decision to close the state was a political decision, not an emergency decision. Smiley is now running the state police and DOT.

dream on

This is the "Matt Brown effect" with a frantic Governor willing to lie and create fake emergencies for political gain. At 3:PM Wednesday when most children would be home from school, the weather was dry with no snow. Raimondo even encouraged small business owners to send workers home after lunch to avoid the oncoming massive storm. State workers received a day off with pay and some received overtime for working. The Governor blamed the weather forecasters, and the media never asked about other states. One school district will be in school until June 25. Bring on the election of 2018. For the real story of what is going on tune into the John DePetro Radio show.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Raimondo goes all out on guns


What do you do when you have low approval ratings, no success story, and you want four more years as Governor? You run against guns. Governor Gina Raimondo finds guns will be  her issue with 8 months before the election and it is an issue she will ride until November. Raimondo has grabbed the "enough is enough" line and will scream it until the polls close. Voters will hear about "keeping kids safe" and "I had to do something." The election is now not "Gina vs. Fung/Morgan" but "Gina takes on the NRA."

 A school shooting controversy is the issue Raimondo has been searching for to connect with Independent female voters. The gun issue will make the GOP primary even harder with Morgan pulling Fung to the right. Rebuilding schools and school safety will become dominant issues for campaign 2018. Listen to the John DePetro Show now heard on 99.9 FM.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Will Chafee run for Governor?


Speculation continues to swirl if former Governor Linc Chafee will challenge Governor Gina Raimondo in a Democrat primary in September 2018. Sources close to Chafee say he has not shut the door and is getting some encouragement from within the Democrat party. Chafee has the money and would have no problem setting in motion a campaign team. He has confided to several people he does not want to be embarrassed the way he now acknowledges he was when he ran for President in 2016.

 One Democrat source claims that Speaker Mattiello is encouraging Chafee to run. Another source claims that if Chafee runs,  Lt. Governor McKee might jump into a three way primary against Raimondo and Chafee. Let the fun begin. Raimondo is beyond vulnerable and is going to need every penny of her $4 million campaign chest. Raimondo won with 40% and seems to be unable to climb any higher. Queena will spend big money on mail ballots, emergency ballots and trying to register every walking illegal to vote. It will all come down to Providence.

 The clock is ticking on team Gina to get her campaign ready to run on all cylinders. Will Gump run? Listen to the John DePetro Radio show weekdays from 11:AM-2:PM.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Terror at the Providence Place Mall


The message of Dr. King was absent Monday at Providence Place Mall as a late day shooting turned the mall into complete panic. Hospital sources confirm that 19 yr-old Leonard Loriano of Cranston was being treated for a gunshot wound he received in the parking garage at the mall on Monday.  Loriano then was bleeding and struggled into Nordstrom where shoppers screamed and fled. 

The shooting began word of an active shooter with shoppers running from the mall but unable to get to their cars in the garage. Sources claim Loriano is not speaking to police about the incident. For more details listen to the John DePetro Radio show.