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On the Schlafly name battle, I’d say Phyllis Schlafly (who is a disgrace to her gender and this country with her far-right views) has lost this battle to the beer maker Tom Schlafly.
Please go away, Mrs. “Stop ERA” Schlafly! 

H/T: Lisa Brown at


ST. LOUIS • Longtime reporter and weekend show host Charles Jaco is leaving KTVI (Channel 2), according to the station.

“After 11 years of journalistic service to St. Louis, Fox 2 and reporter Charles Jaco have mutually agreed to part ways,” the station’s general manager, Spencer Koch, said in a statement. “We thank Charles for his service and wish him all the best in his future plans and pursuits.”

KTVI’s news director, Audrey Prywitch, emailed the statement to the Post-Dispatch but declined to comment further.

Jaco addressed his departure on Twitter, saying: “From Iraq in ’03 to Todd Akin in ’12, a great time. Thanks, guys! Now working on new book. Stay tuned!”

Jaco, 63, gave no details and could not be reached for comment.

Before joining KTVI in 2003, Jaco worked for KMOX-AM for seven years. He worked at CNN before that, reporting on the Persian Gulf War from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait City. He is a native of Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Jaco has also has hosted a weekend talk show, “The Jaco Report,” which drew national headlines for his August 2012 interview with then-Congressman Todd Akin of Wildwood.

The interview during Akin’s run for the U.S. Senate became controversial when Jaco asked Akin about his opposition to abortion in instances of rape. Akin answered that pregnancies caused by rape were rare, adding “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

KTVI is owned by the Tribune Co., which closed on a deal last year to buy KTVI and 15 other television stations from Local TV Holdings for $2.7 billion.

A very sad day for St. Louis and integrity in STL media. Charles Jaco was a great truth-teller who kept Todd Akin out of office. 

This is the 2nd stupid blunder that Fox2/KPLR11 has been made in the past 2 months. 
First, the infamous scheduling swap that got Angie Mock ejected off the morning shift (thus putting Kim Hudson in Mock’s old slot, and Anthony Kiekow in Hudson’s old slot), now this.

h/t: Joel Currier at 

KDNL will be back with its own in-house produced news for the 1st time since 2001, likely with a right-wing flair. 
That’s on the basis that KFTK morning host and former KMOV reporter Jamie Allman will be rumored to be the anchor and that KDNL’s parent company (Sinclair Broadcast Group) has a well-known conservative bias, which includes airing Armstrong Williams’ program The Right Side and the Mark Hyman commentaries. 

h/t: Joe Holleman at

h/t: Ken Leiser at

Shame on KSDK for causing the Kirkwood High School lockdown. 
It’ll go down as the worst STL Media moment of 2014 so far along with the highly unnecessary scheduling swap at Fox2/KPLR that tossed Angie Mock off the morning news team and punted to evenings. 


h/t: Fox2now

h/t: Ray Downs at Daily RFT


Petition for Damages

h/t: Daily RFT

Yet again, the despicable jerkoff Dana Loesch is still acting like a whiny little brat over the highly offensive Missouri State Fair incident this past Saturday. Today, she is smearing Tishaura Jones (D), St. Louis City’s treasurer, for correctly explaining on Twitter that most of the anti-Obama hate on the right is indeed racially motivated.

And what Jones said was exactly right on, which made Loesch infuriated. 

Her blogpost that falsely accused Tishaura Jones of being a “bully.”:

Would you like to kindly object to a city administrator behaving in such a clearly prejudiced and unprofessional manner?

And no, Mrs. Loesch, Jones is NOT “inciting racism”; however, you and your POS ilk are.

Anyone who disagrees with President Obama’s policies in itself is NOT racist. It’s when it gets to “Obama’s a Muslim,” “Obama needs to show his birth certificate”, “Obama’s pandering to ‘lazy welfare cheats’”, or “he’s gonna take away our guns”-type rhetoric is where criticism of Obama is likely to be racially motivated.

Loesch being her deluded self. 

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KMOV was RIGHT to get rid of Larry Conners. 

Today, in reaction to school transfers from unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens School Districts into other accredited school districts (Francis Howell, Mehlville, Kirkwood, and others), anti-teachers’ unions advocate Dana Loesch downplays racial concerns about the transfers and misleadingly blames unions for allowing it to happen. 

I hate to break this to you, Dana, but the teachers’ unions DID NOT cause the demise of Normandy, Riverview Gardens, and other school districts.

Loesch’s fraudulent piece on her own site on this topic bashes unions and downplaying the racial impacts of the school transfers:

Right off the bat the article excuses decades of mismanagement by educrats as a racial issue. Race has nothing to do with why these schools in a historically Democrat-controlled area ran by administrators who pay more lip service to teachers’s unions than parents. 
I live in the city. I don’t live in West County suburbia. Some of my friends and I live near or in the very districts this article discusses. Part of my family has lived in North County since WWII when the country women like my great-grandmother went to the factories. The problem with these districts are numerous and also include the breakdown of the family unit with no direction provided at home. Sending a kid to school for a few hours a day isn’t going to correct the established learning given to her or him through their home life. Unfortunately, the political leadership of this area cheerleads policies which obliterate the American family, economic opportunity, and after controlling this area for longer than even my parents have been alive, there is absolutely nothing to show for it aside from failing schools and failed kids. That’s what is shameful, that is the story, had it been written by someone with more devotion to truth than identity politics. 

John Eligon at The New York Times rightfully says race plays at least some role in the school transfers:

ST. CHARLES, Mo. — When the Missouri Supreme Court upheld a law in June allowing students from failing school districts to transfer to good ones, Harriett Gladney saw a path to a better education for her 9-year-old daughter. 
But then she watched television news clips from a town hall meeting for the Francis Howell School District, the predominantly white district here that her daughter’s mostly black district, Normandy, had chosen as a transfer site. Normandy, in neighboring St. Louis County, has one of the worst disciplinary rates in the state, and Francis Howell parents angrily protested the transfer of Normandy students across the county line, some yelling that their children could be stabbed and that the district’s academic standards would slip.
“When I saw them screaming and hollering like they were crazy, I thought to myself, ‘Oh my God, this is back in Martin Luther King days,’ ” said Ms. Gladney, 45. “ ‘They’re going to get the hoses out. They’re going to be beating our kids and making sure they don’t get off the school bus.’ ”
Public schools here in the St. Louis region, as in many other metropolitan areas across the country, have struggled for decades to bridge a wide achievement gap between school districts — a divide that often runs along racial and socioeconomic lines. By affirming the right to transfer students out of failing school districts, the State Supreme Court opened the doors for hundreds of families to cross the lines and move their children into better schools.
But the ensuing contention has shown that the process remains a tricky one, complicated by class, race, geography and social perceptions.
“Most folks are for having equal opportunity, having good schools for everyone,” said Patrick J. Flavin, an assistant professor of political science at Baylor University who recently wrote a report on the black-white achievement gap in schools. “We’re all about that in the abstract. You start to see support levels drop when it turns into a real-life thing.”
More than half of the 28 public school districts — excluding charter and specialty districts — in the city of St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County combined are at least 75 percent black or white. Of the nine districts that are at least three-quarters white, all but one scored a perfect 14 on the state’s performance rating scale. The six mostly black districts scored an average of 7.
Racial segregation has lingered in this region, the result of generations of discriminatory zoning and real estate practices. Efforts to reverse it have included a court-ordered program that has been busing thousands of black St. Louis students to mostly white suburban schools since the early 1980s.
Normandy and Riverview Gardens, also in St. Louis County, have each received transfer requests from about 1,000 students. Riverview Gardens administrators chose a second district, Kirkwood, to bus their students to, because their first choice, Mehlville, said it could not accommodate all of the transfers.
Some parents have criticized the law for not giving taxpayers a say in what happens in their own districts and accused the state of abandoning the unaccredited districts instead of working to improve them.

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ST. LOUIS   •   Talk radio host Dana Loesch has settled her lawsuit against, the conservative website that Loesch had claimed trapped her in a form of “indentured servitude” by using a contract to prevent her from working.

Loesch last week made a motion to voluntarily dismiss the suit she filed last year in U.S. District Court in St. Louis against the opinion aggregating website.

Her attorney, Eric F. Kayira, confirmed today that Loesch and had come to a “non-monetary” settlement.

He declined to provide further details of the settlement, citing a confidentiality agreement.

Loesch’s suit had sought to have her contract with Breitbart declared expired, after what she described as a business relationship gone “tragically awry.” She claimed in her suit that Breitbart was using her contract to prevent her from working for them or anyone else.