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A Simple Guide For #ALpolitics Mainstream News Media Organizations

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, October 5, 2015

A Simple Guide For Mainstream News Media Organizations

By Donald V. Watkins
©Copyrighted and Published (via Facebook) on October 5, 2015
Used with permission

I have a simple guide for Alabama’s mainstream news media organizations that want to assail or independently confirm the accuracy of our exclusive reporting on Governor Robert Bentley’s martial infidelity and misuse of taxpayer and donor money. Before starting, I want to note that I hold the individual record in Alabama for exposing the highest number of major corruption scandals involving public officials. Thus, I am going to give my fellow journalists some simple tips on effective investigative journalism as it relates to the governor’s cheating scandal.

First, ask for all of the text messages between the governor and Rebekah Caldwell Mason from January 2011 to the present. These records are public documents under Alabama’s Open Records Act. They are not confidential or privileged documents. They are still available in permanent data storage repositories. If you are lucky enough to get the text messages from the governor and any of them have been deleted, I will let you know. If you do not get them from the governor, then his office does not respect you or your news organization. Seasoned journalists have alternative means for ascertaining the contents of text messages.

Alabama Governor Bentley with paramour/ Rebekah Caldwell Mason

Alabama Governor Bentley with paramour/ Rebekah Caldwell Mason

Second, it is virtually impossible to conduct any activity between two people and it not be recorded or photographed. Think of every place the governor has romanced Rebekah, especially when they thought they were alone. Sometimes the best evidence of infidelity is in plain view and the lovers have simply overlooked it.

Third, listen to what is NOT being said by the lovers you are investigating them. In this case, neither the governor, nor Rebekah, nor their lawyers are denying the affair. They believe your news organizations are weak and impotent. They also know you will not ask the tough questions. For these reason, they will probably stonewall you on providing the full collection of text messages, if they provide you with any of them. I expect that they will frustrate your efforts in this regard because the text messages document the love affair.

Fourth, there is no such thing as a “secret,” especially when it involves “pleasures of the flesh.” Ask Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. People talk. Credible sources with knowledge of the affair will talk to you if they believe your organization has the backbone to publish explosive stories involving powerful people. Right now, the public has a lack of confidence in the mainstream media. I fully understand why.

Fifth, use common sense. No devoted wife is going to sue her husband of 50 years for a divorce unless something really bad happened during the later stages of the marriage. Furthermore, no loving husband, or decent man, is willing to end his 50-year marriage in a record-breaking 30 days without some effort at counseling or reconciliation, unless something awful and embarrassing would have been exposed in the divorce proceeding if it had dragged on.

Add all of this up and you have a classic cheating scandal.

When the public official is highly leveraged and cash strapped, as in Bentley’s case, he is cheating on his wife with somebody else’s money. In most cases involving public officials, it is almost always the taxpayer or campaign donor who is footing the bill. Ask John Edwards, Kwame Kilpatrick, and a host of other public officials who romanced their mistresses on other people’s money. Rich people like former Montgomery, Alabama, federal judge Mark Fuller and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger romanced their paramours, for the most part, with their own money. While not rich, former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford used his own money for his international fling with an Argentinian mistress.

I hope these tips are helpful to you. Now, all you need is some courage.

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