Yesterday I published a blog about the silence from the Eagle Tribune in covering the allegations of Luke Noble’s verbal and sexual abuse of his daughter. It’s simply unforgivable that the local newspaper covering that area hasn’t reported that a man running for political office in North Andover, who has the endorsement and support of Governor Charlie Baker, could these sort of credible allegations out there about him. So I called out four people at the Eagle Tribune who I contacted on May 3 about this story and showed them the doctor’s deposition, in which he says that he believes the girl wasn’t lying about being sexually abused. I also showed them the video of Luke Noble verbally abusing his daughter. Again, here they are.
One of the Tribune employees I never heard back from was executive editor Dave Joyner.
However, turtle riders did contact him after the blog was written and at least one of them got a response from Joyner as to why they CHOSE to cover this up. You gotta read this.
This is what a cover up looks like. This is what lazy, irresponsible journalism looks like. Let’s look at some of the highlights from David Joyner’s email.
“Our interest has been in reporting facts, not hazy allegations with unclear context leveled by anonymous people.”
These aren’t hazy allegations. It’s the entire transcript of a deposition of Dr. Robert Orr, in which he specifically said that he believes the 5 year old girl was not lying when she told him that her father told her to put his penis in her mouth.
There is no “unclear context.” If there is, feel free to ask me and I can clear that up for you.
There are no “anonymous people” leveling these allegations. My name is Aidan Kearney. I am the publisher of TB Daily News and Turtleboy Sports, which has broken more news stories than the Eagle Tribune could ever dream of doing.
“We could not answer important questions that would both authenticate the video and fill in key context: When and where was the video recorded? Who recorded it and why? Who else was in the car? Who released it most recently and why?”
What have you done to have these questions answered? I pulled court documents and spoke to attorneys involved in the case. You clearly did nothing.
The video was recorded inside a car six years ago while Luke was driving. His daughter was three at the time. He admitted all of this in an interview with the North Andover Citizen, which also has remained silent on the sexual abuse allegations.
It was recorded by his ex-wife, whose name is listed in the court documents.
She recorded it because she clearly wanted to document the sort of danger this man represents to children.
What does it matter who released it and why? How does that change any of the things you witnessed in that video?
“We could not find that Noble was ever charged criminally.”
Yes, this is where you as the reporter are supposed to ask, “why?” Then you follow up with the police, reach out to the ex-wife, reach out to Luke Noble, and reach out to the ex-wife’s attorney. You clearly did none of these things.
“We’ve not reviewed the entire divorce file.”
Why not? It’s all public record. I’ve also published several damning parts of it, including where he was found in contempt of court after he attempted to terminate his daughter’s relationship with the pediatrician and therapist who the child told about the alleged sexual abuse.
“My understanding is that it is impounded.”
Your understanding is wrong. Just call up the courthouse like I did. Takes two seconds. He did try to have it impounded after the blog was published, but he failed. Try actually doing your job.
“If you have relevant, verifiable information on Noble please feel free to share.”
Translation – Turtleboy is not relevant or reliable.
I once again call on turtle riders to flood the emails for Karen Andreas, Jim Falzeon, Dave Joyner, and Tracey Rauh. Be respectful and demand that they do their job. No more cover ups.
Please consider supporting local journalism by donating to the Turtle fund:
Hello Turtle Riders. As you know if you follow Turtleboy we are constantly getting censored and banned by Facebook for what are clearly not violations of their terms of service. Twitter has done the same, and trolls mass reported our blog to Google AdSense thousands of times, leading to demonitization. We can get by and survive, but we could really use your help. Please consider donating by hitting the PayPal button above if you’d like support free speech and what we do in the face of Silicon Valley censorship. Or just buy our award winning book about the dangers of censorship and rise of Turtleboy: