Mainstream Media Fails

NY Post Writer Chris Perez Calls Us “Racist” For Looking In To Franklin Baxley, Refuses To Correct Story Because He Has Dubbed It “Factually Accurate”, Even Though It Clearly Is Not.

Well, our campaign to alert the mainstream media to Franklin Baxley’s false narrative based on an extremely misleading viral video is going just about as well as one would expect – which of course, is not well at all. Personally, my emails have been uniformly disregarded, but this gem of a reply from the NY Post’s Chris Perez was forwarded to me last night:

 

 

What. The. Fuck.

1- IS YOUR CAPS LOCKS BROKEN BUDDY?

2 – This is the face of the man we should be trusting to represent journalistic integrity?

 

3 – Since when is looking past a 3 minute video to get the deeper story in any way racist? I’d call that “journalism”, but what do I know? I’m not the one all over the internet covered in Doritos and jelly. We’re clearly dealing with a seasoned pro here, who answers emails with liberal use of bold and italic prints and ALL CAPS YELLING.

Super professional of you, Chris.

 

Let me break it down for you, and I will do my best to use words you can understand. I won’t be switching up fonts or jamming on the caps locks, however, because I want to set a good example for you, Frito Face.

“Dog Park Diane” is sourced directly from the purported “victim,” Franklin Baxley. Yes, he qualifies as a primary news source, and was eager to go on the record. He was right there and recorded the video. However, there were two other individuals present that day, and their account is markedly different.

Now, I didn’t go to school for journalism, Chris, but I understand the basis of good investigative reporting – “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.” Meaning, don’t be cynical per say, but be skeptical. Particularly when dealing with social media and viral videos – please check out my work on “Help Us Save Mikey“, another emotionally charged viral video that, when put under a little scrutiny, came back as total bullshit.

Then, while interviewing Mr. Baxley, we picked up on his argumentative and aggressive nature, that was reflected (although framed as frustration), in the video he released. Furthermore, during the interview, he openly admitted to disregarding several of the dog park’s posted rules, which was also briefly touched upon in the video, although framed to be simply his dog humping another dog. The police officer can be heard warning Mr. Baxley of the potential consequences of his conduct, and Mr. Baxley ultimately leaves the park. This should be enough for anyone with a little common sense to have some pause in the story as he presented it initially. Particularly because it supports the two other parties’ involved account of the incident. But apparently, not enough for you.

Then we started getting off-the-record tips flooding in, portraying Franklin as an aggressive, threatening man who has a long history of harassing women. As they came from multiple apparently unrelated sources, we looked in to it, which lead us to his lengthy criminal record, which further substantiated the claims through primary sources – court and arrest records.  We observed his behavior online when questioned about the true nature of the events at the dog part and his motivations, and it was – surprise, surprise – aggressive and threatening. All this cumulatively just further supported the two women’s version of events, and discredited his.

No one ever claimed that either woman was aware of Mr. Baxley’s criminal history, or should have been – that’s insane and presumptuous. Then again, so is labeling a woman a vengeful, petty racist based on a 3 minute, 23 second video clip that does not even document the entire incident. But, you’re the journalist here, right Chris? Sure, being accused of racism brought hordes of harassment down upon “Dog Park Diane”, just like it did in every other instance of alleged racially motivated cop-calling reported on, but who cares about ethics and accurate reporting, amiright? White people calling the police on  black people gets mad clicks, yo!

We then uncovered actual video evidence of Franklin Baxley involved in a violent, misogynistic attack against a girlfriend. Maybe you’ve seen it, but probably not, because you seem utterly opposed to doing any real work on your stories. Fret not, Chris – I did it for you.

 

 

I’d tell you how I tracked down the video, Chris, because it’s a great story about doing some real investigative work – but unfortunately, Uncle Turtleboy doesn’t pay me to do webinars for lazy charlatans who churn out screed in ALL CAPS.  Sorry.

And finally, we were able to track down leads that proved pretty definitively that Franklin Baxley’s criminal past wasn’t just his past, but his entire lifestyle. And within a matter of days it was proven that we weren’t wrong, considering Baxley is currently cooling his heels off in jail.

I don’t understand how any of this can be “racist”, Chris, considering it is all well vetted, well researched proven fact. Yeah, if we had simply said “This black guy must be a violent, sexist, drug dealing degenerate” without any basis to form that opinion, it may be. Just like assuming “This white woman calling the cops on a black guy means she hates all black people and is a vapid, histrionic racist” is extremely racist and sexist. You know, like you did with your racially charged headline:

‘Dog Park Debbie’ calls cops on black man over his humping pooch

 

Which really wasn’t even the story here. It reads more like, “Out of control man with lengthy history of violent and criminal behavior refuses to abide by posted dog park rules and harasses woman until she calls police.”  But that would require real work, and investigation, which apparently is “racist” in 2019. Go figure.

Then again, I don’t know what we’d expect from a writer who works for the children’s menu of the mainstream media. The NY Post is a tabloid magazine often criticized for sensationalism and failure to fact check. In a 2004 Pace University survey it was the only news outlet to receive more responses calling it “not credible” than credible (44% not credible to 39% credible), and has a World Press Freedom Rank of 45/180 – not great, you guys. We’ll just go ahead and add Chris’s repugnant response to the mountain of missteps piled against the entire publication, because, I suppose given the NY Post’s standards, his article was “factually accurate” enough. They’re not well-known for fact checking or accurate reporting.

The mainstream media really is the enemy of the people. Chris Perez just proves it even more. They can be bought and sold into political and social biases, and profit off stoking the fires of tension and division that are steadily tearing the fabricate of society to shreds. It’s unfortunate when mistakes are made in the rush to report in the digital age – but it’s unconscionable to refuse to correct those mistakes out of sheer hubris and complicit apathy. I’m looking straight at you, Chris, and the all the others who, to date, cannot even be bothered to look in to any of this or reply.

What can we expect from a “journalist” who thinks publishing public record is equivalent to “doxxing” Franklin Baxley? Please, I’m embarrassed for you. How are you going to report on anything if you can’t even work a Google search to understand the definition of the terms you use in an email? Report on us, I dare you. I’d appreciate the support, and the attention to the fact that with no formal education in journalism, and full-time jobs to contend with outside of writing, everyone here at Turtleboy is endlessly better than you.

 

Chris Perez can be reached at [email protected] or (212) 930-8624 if any of our readers have any input of their own.

 

 

 

31 Comment(s)
  • mmudskipper
    March 13, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Holy shit. He’s mad at you because you actually did the journalism he was to fucking lazy/biased to do. Also, I worked for newspapers for years. What he’s telling you about the correct way to approach a story professionally is totally inaccurate. Responsible editors encourage you to do background on absolutely everyone you write about, even if they’re receiving some rinky-dink award or starting some stupid fund.

    The reason? When the smoke clears and more details come out, you don’t want to be the outlet who gave sympathetic press to a POS. Sounds pretty sensible to me.

  • rob
    March 11, 2019 at 9:41 am
  • Eddie Haskell LAPD
    March 10, 2019 at 8:23 pm
  • TBFan
    March 10, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    I don’t trust the media at all; it is either sponsored content trying to sell us things or progressive /marxist propaganda trying convince us or brainwash into believing their way. We have word speak and thought police today. They try to brainwash with the weather, sports and entertainment news. My new hobby is watching and reading the news and determining in first sentence if it is sponsored content or brainwashing gaslighting propaganda. It is always one or the other and never Sergeant Friday’s just the facts. TurtleBoy is doing a better job than all the media combined on these local stories. I say good job and to be proud, if you were as insignificant as they say, they wouldn’t pay any attention to you. I do see more people that mocked Trump for his “FakeNews “comments now realizing all the news is fake, and that is a very good thing.

  • Boom!
    March 10, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Roasted!!! Bristol needs a raise!!!

  • Racism is Cool
    March 10, 2019 at 8:56 am

    You say racist like it’s a bad thing…

    Racism is celebrated and promoted in this country so long as it’s blade is at the necks of White men or Conservatives of Color, throw the Christians to the Lions and shit it’s all cool.

  • CrispyC
    March 9, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Journalism has become a joke in this country. These young kids go to overrated schools like BU and get a journalism degree by following around the hockey players reporting what they ate for breakfast and write about it in the college newspaper and all of a sudden they are experts on this subject. As the real journalists start to retire and die off and we get this new wave of shitheads it’s only going to get worse.

    Where did this fucktard Perez get a degree from? It’s somewhat frightening to me that people don’t know the definition of racism and then just start throwing it around. Between “racism” (not as new) and “misogyny” being thrown around it’s a sad state of affairs in this country. At least I can take solace that we saw them all melt down when Trump won.

  • Veggie Cowgirl
    March 9, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    True that

  • Combat Vet
    March 9, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    How does a Puerto Rican mother know when her daughter is having her period

    Her sons dick taste funny

    Fuck off you rat bastard

  • Kim Un Jong
    March 9, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    What a lazy useless excuse for a journalist that douchebag is.

  • Chris Perez
    March 9, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    The sad truth of the matter is that this dickbrain’s line of thinking is the mainstream in ‘journalism’ and being that he works for a pre-school level tabloid in NYC lowers his standards further. MSM is truly the enemy of the People.

  • Cheryl
    March 9, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Sincere thanks for being the only source with a spine and a conscience in this matter. I honestly don’t know how some people live with themselves. This is an exceptionally kind and compassionate woman you did this to, Chris. How do people sleep at night?
    This was summed it up perfectly in your article, TB.

    “The mainstream media really is the enemy of the people. Chris Perez just proves it even more. They can be bought and sold into political and social biases, and profit off stoking the fires of tension and division that are steadily tearing the fabricate of society to shreds. It’s unfortunate when mistakes are made in the rush to report in the digital age – but it’s unconscionable to refuse to correct those mistakes out of sheer hubris and complicit apathy. I’m looking straight and you, Chris, and the all the others who, to date, cannot even be bothered to look in to any of this or reply.“

  • The past tense of the verb "lead" is "led"
    March 9, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Otherwise, great blog, Bristol.

    What a slob Chris Perez is. You hear that, Chris? That’s not slander. The evidence is in your molestation of your refrigerator.

  • TB Sucks
    March 9, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Once again, TB started this by jumping to conclusions on your hunt for SJW’s. How about this…TB stops being a F’en Assh*le just like main stream assh*les. TB thinks he has right on his side, so any damage he does is okay, because they deserved it, well Dog Park Diane didn’t deserve it. This blog would go a-lot further if you stopped writing like a 14 year old (quof) WTF is that? Stick to humor, your good at it and stop trying to ruin people’s life. How many other Dog Park Diane’s are out there.

    • Francis Sidebottom's Brain
      March 9, 2019 at 3:19 pm

      TB Sucks:
      To your last point, “How many other Dog Park Diane’s are out there?”
      Probability says; not many.
      You see if anyone listened to you and took your premis to its logical conclusion NO one would report news or news worthy events. Why? Because probability dictates that eventually you will get something wrong. Next time, maybe learn to code?

      • TB Sucks
        March 9, 2019 at 6:06 pm

        Bottom’s, reporters should admit when they are wrong. Isn’t that the bitch here? TB hasn’t admitted he was wrong, EVAH! So how different is he from MSM? If you can’t see the problem TB has with rich, white women you really do have your head up you ass. But it is all good, go back to your cave.

        • FSB Brain
          March 9, 2019 at 7:20 pm

          TB Sucks:
          On the matter of admitting guilt or wrongdoing you are incorrect. Perhaps you have not read any of the articles addressing the dog park incident. But then again maybe you have? I don’t know, I’m not a mind reader and I’m not willing to declare you a liar. You may however be emotional, irrational and possibly just dense. Again far be it from me to conclude. Why don’t you tell me?

          • TB Sucks
            March 10, 2019 at 8:52 am

            Here is an SAT question: TB is to Dog Park Diane
            A) CNN is to the Covington Kids.
            B) WAPO is the Covington Kids.
            C) Kevin Cullen is to 9/11
            Answer: all of the above.

  • Chris "Food Fetish" Perez
    March 9, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Quit doxxing me because I’m a disgusting slob.

  • Sal O’Mal
    March 9, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Many Journalism majors are brainwashed simpletons. So dim and intellectually lazy, their go to is “racism” for every conflict!

  • Perez’s Mom is Frito Lay
    March 9, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Race Card:
    A tool used by the intellectually weak, lazy, and challenged. Often used when morons can not counter a logical argument or factual data.

    • Big Wick
      March 9, 2019 at 3:28 pm

      Is “Frito” code for “a Good?”

      • Perez’s mom is Frito Lay
        March 9, 2019 at 4:57 pm

        Free = Good. She’s just readily available and willing. Just wear a dong bag because we’ve seen what she produces.

  • Shookones
    March 9, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Very well written.

  • Francis Sidebottom
    March 9, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Dog park diane is taking good ole uncle turtle turd to the cleaners which is why the please fund me for 10 bucks a month came into play and why turtle turd is playing Mr good guy I didn’t do anything wrong with my free speech just please send me your money I got a district attorney that wants my head and the punitive damages i did to dog park diane are huge

    • Francis, it's your brain again
      March 9, 2019 at 1:41 pm

      What did we talk about already Francis?

  • Stevie Wonder
    March 9, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Even I hit my mouth more frequently.

  • Turtz McGurtz
    March 9, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    This is the rag with the “pun headlines.” Sadly its also the most (only?) right wing newspaper in NY. Its a joke and has been for a long time. So i assume its writers are a joke too.

  • Helen Lovejoy
    March 9, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Chris. It’s racist to not investigate someone because of their race. I award you no points and may God have mercy on your soul.

    • Perez may be a Pedo or so it's been said, now prove your innocence
      March 10, 2019 at 9:06 am

      Racism is flexible term, depends on who you want to destroy or reward. Now disprove a negative, guilty until proven innocent.

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