Mainstream Media Fails

We Sent Out An Email To These News Outlets Regarding The “Dog Park Diane” Firestorm, So Far No One Has Replied To Us, And We Are Still The Only Outlet Who Has Corrected The Story To Reflect The Facts

If we seem quite preoccupied with Franklin Baxley and the “Dog Park Diane” debacle lately, we are. Not only have we uncovered a ton of extremely disturbing evidence that suggests he is a violent and dangerous criminal, with tips still flooding in by the hour, but it served as a jarring reminder as to the nature of viral videos – they all too often show a small fraction of the true story, without any context, contrived to fit the narrative of the original poster.

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We refused to peddle the baseless racial motivation that Franklin Baxley is pushing, because there was no evidence to suggest that her decision to call the police was racially motivated. We’re writers here, not mind readers. Every other corner of the internet, however, bought Baxley’s cries of racism hook, line, and sinker, because of course they did.  It sells.

It’s our job as the media that covers these topics to dig deeper, and although we initially just saw this a ridiculous incident rife with humor and the prime opportunity to use a “Kavadawg” pun, the digging we did more than filled in the blanks. We exposed, and will continue to expose, Franklin Baxley as a dangerous and aggressive criminal who threatened the woman at the dog park prior to filming over a dispute stemming from his refusal to adhere to dog park rules, or control his animals as requested. Therefore, in addition to retracting and correcting the story, we reached out to several other news outlets to inform them of our findings, and suggest they follow suit, particularly because Grace Sandland (“Dog Park Diane”) has been the recipient of countless threats and harassment because she has been labeled a “racist”. To date, no one has replied, or cared to retract or correct the story.

 

This email was sent to the following outlets who covered the story:

NECN (a[email protected])
CBS ([email protected]) ([email protected])
Heavy.com ([email protected])
Steve Robinson for the Howie Carr Show ([email protected])
NBC ([email protected])
NY Post ([email protected])
HuffPost ([email protected])

 

And not a single person has even responded. Unless you want to consider this a response:

 

Fuck you, you’re the Gaffney of “journalism”, WRKO. We got our story from Franklin Baxley too, and then circled back around with “real” “journalism”, when you track down not just the man involved, but his entire shitty criminal life.

Shame on you all. In the rush to garner page clicks you perpetuated a myth put out by a convicted criminal with open violent charges, and brought a mob down upon an innocent woman. You chose to propagate the stereotype of a vacant, petty, histrionic white woman vengefully forcing a black man from a public space, when the reality was the exact opposite. And when confronted with facts, you’d rather turn a blind eye and continue the narrative that you know sells, than to vindicate the women who now how to live with the fallout each day of their lives. You peddle in fake news, and you have no care or concern for the lives you affect while doing it. We’ve tried tirelessly for days to correct not only our own oversight, but the overall fallout as well. And that’s a mess this blog has no stake in – we never labeled this woman a racist. It would have been irresponsible to do so. But we’re just one voice in a sea of so many, and if we’re going to make this right, we can’t do it alone. The truth about Franklin Baxley, and conversely, about “Dog Park Diane”, needs to go national.

Turtle Riders – I’ve included all the email addresses above. You know what to do.

 

25 Comment(s)
  • Just me
    March 9, 2019 at 6:27 am

    Is Ms. Sandland single?
    She is a lovely woman.
    I hope someone is bringing her happiness and comfort.

  • Jennifer
    March 8, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    I grew up knowing this guy, embarrassingly. Matter of fact, my brother and I played Crash Bandicoot with his son when we were kids. When I grew up and became an adult, I bought the townhouse next door to him. Can’t express how excited I was the day he moved.

  • Randall Guy
    March 7, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    “Shame on you all. In the rush to garner page clicks..”

    Oh the irony.

    You did the exact same thing to that poor woman. Get off your high horse.

  • Disappointed Dick
    March 7, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    How in the wide world of sports does that tube top not come off?

    Someone forward the name of the material it’s made from over to the boys at the JPL, because with a tensile strength like that, we might have found the cure for plane crashes.

  • The Common Man
    March 7, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    How about contacting that lawfirm representing the KY Catholic School boys. Maybe they can start suing for DPD.

  • Mike
    March 7, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    It was incredibly irresponsible for TBS to run the story to begin with. You knew, or should have known, that once the the story was released to the mob, this woman’s life would be effected. We saw it with all of the stories remembered by their cutesy alliterative names regarding white women calling law enforcement on black men. In each of those stories the social media mobs tried their best to ruin the lives of these individuals by harassing employers, doxing, and labeling them racists based on the absurd belief that somehow law enforcement is inherently dangerous to black males (it’s not) because of a handful of isolated incidents that mostly occurred as of the result of provocation.

    With power comes responsibility, and TBS misused their platform and power in this instance. It happens though, and I’m glad steps are being taken to remedy the damage done. I love this blog, and will obviously continue to read it, I’m just disappointed with the handling of this story initially.

  • Anne
    March 7, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    I wrote to every news source you cited. I deeply encourage everyone else to do the same.

  • Tcr
    March 7, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    You have forgotten about Fox News. The five and Watter’s World covered it and laughed at her. It was quite sad. I watch them, but I feel they need to correct this too. I will not be watching Watter’s World again though.

  • hank
    March 7, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Journalism today: you don’t have to be right, you just need to be first. Fuck the truth when there’s a narrative to push. And if you’re looking for the truth, get ready to be labeled every “______-ist” under the sun for not blindly believing an unbelievable lie. Ad hominem attacks are the last refuge of a liar.

  • Muave
    March 7, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    If only the media could refrain from making headlines that promote racism, ie….. white woman call cops on black man. Media needs to start being colorblind.

  • Turtz McGurtz
    March 7, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Articles like this prove that the media IS the enemy of the people.

  • Francis Sidebottom
    March 7, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Watch Franklin show up at dog park Diane’s house crying how uncle turtle turd has ruined his life with relentless postings about him

  • Y
    March 7, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    I’m still waiting to read about Franklin’s lawsuit and I’m still waiting to hear his podcast.
    Does anyone have any links??

    • Mike W
      March 9, 2019 at 6:07 am

      I doubt it. It took me 20 minutes to click on/ read 2 Turtleboy articles with all the nonsense ads and pop ups. I doubt more than a couple hundred people even read the articles.

  • Wwy
    March 7, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Like anyone needs to respond to TB defender of the Jew kraft and his 11 year old girlfriends. You should be a better catholic TB.

  • Sir Wilfred Death
    March 7, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Better late than never I guess. But the fact is that Ms. Sandland is getting threats because you rushed out a story without doing your homework. OK, you retracted and communicated with these other outlets but I can’t help but think what really annoys you is not getting attribution from those media players whose acceptance you crave.

    Have you apologized to Ms. Sandland in writing? I may have missed this post. When you do so let us know. That will help restore your credibility.

    I’d love to say Baxley is an asshole based on your “research” but I’m afraid to. That’s on you.

    Social Media is Cancer

    • Woodsman
      March 7, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      It’s funny how Turtleboy isn’t worthy of being acknowledged for breaking this story or any of the hundreds I’ve seen here first.
      Well you fucking morons can’t have it both ways. If Ms Sandland wants to sue someone try Francis first then another news outlet that has a social media platform not blocked by the free speech police.

    • Bristol Turtlechick
      March 7, 2019 at 1:55 pm

      I’d respectfully disagree. We didn’t print anything libelous (I didn’t even write the blog so I have no horse in that race, but still.) Yes, Ms. Sandland has been contacted, yes she does appreciate the work we’ve done here. A big overdone public apology would be more for ourselves than it would be for her – and she’s the one who deserves the apology. Let’s not pretend the hundreds of news outlets who picked up this story found it here – that’s delusional. It was getting out no matter what, and Franklin Baxley made sure her name was, too. We never labeled her a racist – that’s on literally everyone else. That’s the reason her life is ruined, not because we wrote a story mocking the situation.

      • Be Free
        March 7, 2019 at 1:59 pm

        Com’on Bristol, you were itching to say ” I don’t have a dog in this fight …”

        • Bristol Turtlechick
          March 7, 2019 at 2:02 pm

          HAHA I wish I could take credit for being that clever!! Good call!

      • Sir Wilfred Death
        March 7, 2019 at 4:44 pm

        Very disappointed to find you trying to slip out of your responsibility. So others piled on after you started the ball rolling. How ironic. TBS moans endlessly about being persecuted by the mob and you now try to hide behind a mob to avoid culpability for what your blog did to this woman.

        Plain and simple, you guys rush stuff out without thinking about consequences or digging deep enough. Then you criticize the people who copied what you did. Your own quote condemns you:

        “Shame on you all. In the rush to garner page clicks you perpetuated a myth put out by a convicted criminal with open violent charges, and brought a mob down upon an innocent woman.”

        This is exactly what you did, why you did it, and you did it first.

        You owe everyone an apology, especially your victim.

  • Bob Kraft
    March 7, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    I don’t have a dog in this fight … he he he
    but I would pay $10 to see ads about cute Asian ladies wanting to be my girlfriend …

    • Bill Clinton
      March 7, 2019 at 1:27 pm

      Right on and check out the ad about the pics of the weather girls …

  • Francis Sidebottom
    March 7, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Turtle turd is back peddling as fast as uncle turd can muster knowing he messed up and dog park diane is going to ruin good old uncle turtle turd

    • Dog Park Doug
      March 7, 2019 at 1:26 pm

      Francis
      Where do you live I would like to speak with you

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