Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Broadcast media reports the State of City-Parish

KLFY in "Durel Gives Second State of Parish Report" reports a milquetoast version of Durel's speech which exemplifies my fear about how the media might simply ignore the real passion of Durel's presentation. It's not inaccurate. It is just sucked dry of any real meaning.

KATC, on the other hand, in "Durel Takes on Good Ol' Boys " does a decent job of portraying the passions and thereby more of the meanings of the moment. Even with the low bandwidth, hurky-jerky playback available from our incumbents' broadband connections, the flavor of the occasion comes through in the video that accompanies the story.

Of course KATC, while getting the emotion right, stops way too early. Durel wouldn't have bothered to simply criticize. The criticism was used as a basis for calling people to action. That little bit of radicalism got overlooked in favor of the simple emotionalism for which TV is famous. The ovation remarked on in the video came right after his final call to action and not in reaction to his criticism.

Anyone viewing the whole video would see the full buildup and purpose of this portion of Durel's speech--just as those viewing the clip today hear the emotion in Durel's voice. It is too bad that the fuller story is not available now. The day is coming when no textual report will be presented without evidential video that will come closer to allowing an interested reader/viewer to experience enough of an event to make a good judgment.

All one needs is a big, cheap pipe. And that is coming.


Neal Breakfield said...

Dear John:

Why is it that you are the only one who posts on your web site?

Oh, wait... Joey has something to say:

"It's a little scary... thinking of government getting into an entrepreneurial role is something that we were all kind of taught in civics that government doesn't do. Government doesn't compete with the private sector."

- Joey Durel, Campaign 2003

John said...

Folks, this is typical of Neal and, I have to say, the folks at Fiber411. If you'll look at adjacent posts you'll see that Neal, instead of actually responding to any of the articles or commentary just repeats himself 18 times. There’s no communication attempted. It's a tantrum; the (im)moral equivalent of pissing on a neighbor's wall because he said something you didn't like.

It would be easier to develop some respect for these guys if they'd show some for themselves.

Likely what is frustrating Neal is the growing wave of formerly silent support made visible in response to Joey Durel's call to action. And likely LPF is a target because he doesn't like what I say about the boys in response to yesterday's tirade posted to our site. (See

He can't answer real questions. He just continues to parrot whatever the last angry thing he or some handler feeds him.

I'll repeat what is obviously a futile plea: Start answering real questions. Quit mouthing nonsense.

I'm out of patience with these guys.

Neal Breakfield said...


People who can beat the message don't waste time trying to beat up the messenger.

WE have thick skin. You have no message.

The community's RIGHT to vote on this is not a luxury, it is a necessity. It is the law.

You want to break the law to ensure that you get your way.

You are entitled to your opinion, but if you try to break the law to infringe on OUR rights, WE can and will do something about it.

And no amount of insults will dissuade US from it.

Neal Breakfield said...


You are absolutely right about one thing: I was rude and I apologize. No excuses. I apologize to you and all the other users for spamming your site.

It will not happen again... with one exception: I will post this where I spammed in hopes that it will clear the air.

I want what I think most of us want: a meaningful, informative and civil discussion where all sides can be heard.

John said...


Thanks, that's a gracious and straightforward apology.


We all get wound a mite tighter than is good for us at times. Myself included.