As you probably know, it has not been the best week ever for KFOR Meteorologist Mike Morgan. After we published a round up of tweets that were highly critical of the sparkly bedazzled tie wearer’s Friday night storm coverage, The Oklahoman, Gazette and even Reuters piled on with their own write-ups of Get-out-of-the-way-gate.
To make matters worse, Mike has been noticeably absent from KFOR’s recent news broadcasts. His disappearance from television has led to a lot of speculation in the Ogle Mole Network. Theories and rumors have ranged from the simple (suspended by KFOR) to the elaborate (kidnapped by KOKH’s Jeff George) to the sickening (eloped with one of Dr. Reed Timmer the Scientist’s Dominators).
Fortunately, it was none of those things. It looks like Magic Mike is (or was) simply on vacation. We know this because he responded to a question about his whereabouts that a viewer left on KFOR’s Facebook Page. If you’re looking for Mike to admit that he made or mistake or give an apology, you’re going to be disappointed. Check it out:
On Friday night, while Emily Sutton was nearly sucked into a tornado and weatherman Aaron Tuttle (pictured above) was probably going to the gym, tanning and doing laundry, the Oklahoman quietly posted an article on NewsOK.com about Zeke Campfield.
From the paper’s most prolific writer, Staff Reports:
A reporter for The Oklahoman was arrested Saturday night in Oklahoma City on an assault and battery complaint after a young woman said he bumped into her or brushed past her four times.
Zeke Campfield, 31, of Oklahoma City, was not assigned to cover any event for the newspaper at the time.
He denies wrongdoing. No charges have been filed.
Campfield was at the Cox Convention Center where graduation ceremonies were held for students in Moore, which was hit by a tornado May 20.
Three girls at the event also said he bumped into them multiple times, police reported.
Police officers also investigated concerns by witnesses that Campfield took inappropriate photos at the event but the officers did not find any physical evidence of that, according to a police report. Campfield insisted he mistakenly left his camera’s memory card at home, according to the report.
“We are aware of the arrest and have taken initial steps to understand and address the situation internally,” said Kelly Dyer Fry, editor of The Oklahoman. “Zeke Campfield has been a valuable, trusted member of our news staff for more than a year, so we are very surprised by the allegations in the police report. We will continue to monitor the situation, but will allow the authorities and the court system to do their job before finalizing our response.”
Campfield has been arrested before — in February 2003 in Montana. Police there reported finding a woman’s panties in his pants pocket after he was seen leaving a residence. He received a three-year deferred sentence for burglary, according to a 2003 newspaper report.
The Oklahoman does background checks on its employees but did not discover Campfield’s 2003 burglary charge at the time he was hired. The charge apparently was expunged from his record after he completed probation.
Campfield has not been on assignment since the alleged incident and is currently on leave.
Yeah, nothing to see here. Move along. We’ll just throw that item out there on a Friday night while tornadoes, flash floods and the monsters from Rampage attack Oklahoma City. Who cares that Zeke was previously arrested for stealing pink panties, or that our editors Rick Green and Robbie Trammell may have known about a past incident, this is not a news story and we’re going to do everything possible to make it appear that way. Don’t worry about it. Look! A Berry Tramel blog post about OU football! Go read that! It’s really good and folksy!
Sorry, that was my impression of The Oklahoman management team after drinking OPUBCO Kool-Aid mixed with Jim Traber’s truth serum. Because I’m kind of tired of this story at the moment, I’m going to buy their bag of B.S. and instead post some more strong boy pics of Aaron Tuttle. I’m sure Spencer, our female readers, and fans of bodywaxing will enjoy this:
Maybe the Oklahoman’s editors were inspired by their new purpose statement, or perhaps some of their columnists have gotten a bit bored, but the new satirical editorials in the paper have been a surprising hit. The commentaries, which are written from the point of view of a logical, rational, semi-sane human being, provide well-rounded, not-to-be-taken-seriously criticisms of the wacko core of the state GOP. They offer a much-needed break from the drab, down-trodden opinions that are usually found in “The State’s More Trusted News.”
Things started last week with an article that “criticized” Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon. It’s pretty funny. Here’s a snippet:
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced recently that Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon will be featured at RNC events across the country. The honor was likely bestowed based on Shannon’s personal appeal and his potential — not on his actual record.
Shannon, R-Lawton, is clearly likable and charismatic. He’s a gifted public speaker. But his biggest appeal to national GOP leaders is undoubtedly his heritage. Shannon is a black Republican and a member of the Chickasaw Nation. That’s a rare combination.
Shannon’s record so far hasn’t drawn national attention. Under Shannon, the House has steadfastly opposed incurring more bonded indebtedness. The result is that major state repairs remain largely unaddressed. Lawmakers instead appropriated funds to fix the Oklahoma Capitol and designated $30 million for other buildings.
Rather than fully address the problem, lawmakers mostly kicked the can down the road. And they did so with a bill combining Capitol repair funds and a tax cut to induce legislative support. A legal challenge based on unconstitutional logrolling is now expected.
Shannon has championed welfare reform measures, including work requirements. That’s fine, but it seems a throwback to the cutting edge of political debate in the early 1990s or before, not 2013.
Under Shannon’s leadership, the House passed numerous bills catering to fringe elements by focusing on the United Nations’ Agenda 21, a hobgoblin of conspiracy theorists, and calling for state nullification of federal law. (Fortunately, Senate conservatives killed those bills.) David Barton, a respected conservative authority on historical and constitutional issues, has called nullification “a dangerous anarchic maldoctrine, cancerous and toxic to the health and vigor of a constitutional republic.” House members passed it anyway.
Those bills aren’t a sign of conservative leadership. Instead, they embody liberal parodies of conservatism. The House even advanced bills to water down prior Republican achievements, legislation that would have likely been championed under Democratic control.
Yeah, that was published in the Oklahoman. If you think that’s over the top and ridiculous, check out this op-ed written by someone pretending to be State Rep. Doug Cox (R). He’s a physician that defends birth control and abortion. It’s satire at it’s finest:
For several years now, the Oklahoman has used the semi-delusional, possibly tongue-in-cheek phrase “The State’s Most Trusted News” as their official slogan. Now it looks like they have a semi-delusional, possibly tongue-in-cheek “purpose statement” to go with it.
Yesterday, OPUBCO emailed employees a new cheesy corporate mission statement that the company has crafted. According to Ogle Moles who work at the paper, it will soon be printed each day in the Oklahoman to remind everyone from Beaver to Idabel and everywhere in between how truly awesome and important “the state’s most trusted news” is to our daily lives.
Not surprisingly, the purpose statement reads like something that was created during a breakout session from an OPUBCO executive ropes seminar. Check it out:
Earlier today, we published a report about Oklahoman reporter Zeke Campfield. He was arrested and accused of snapping upskirt photos at Sunday’s commencement ceremonies for Moore high school students. The victims ranged in age from 13 – 21. We contacted The Oklahoman about the charges and received the following statement:
We are aware of the arrest and have taken initial steps to understand and address the situation internally. Zeke Campfield has been a valuable, trusted member of our news staff for more than a year, so we are very surprised by the allegations in the police report. We will continue to monitor the situation, but will allow the authorities and the court system to do their job before finalizing our response.
Kelly Dyer Fry
Editor of The Oklahoman
Yeah, the people at the Oklahoman are “very surprised by the accusations.” That claim seems to contradict some things we’ve learned through the Ogle Mole Network.
According to sources, this isn’t the first time Campfield’s odd behavior has been brought to the attention of Oklahoman management. Sometime in 2012, the Oklahoman received a complaint regarding the way Campfield covered an event at the Oklahoma fairgrounds. Allegedly, he was behaving in the same manner as he did on Sunday; bumping into people, snapping pics, acting like Mr. Creepy, etc.
“It happened at the fairgrounds during some FFA event,” claims a Mole with knowledge about the incident. “At the time, we didn’t think he’d really do that. We were more appalled that the editors confronted him about it in the open newsroom at his desk, so everyone knew about it.”
Wait. Two Oklahoman editors spoke to Zeke about the incident in the open air of the newsroom?
“Yes, we all thought it was strange.”
I replied back to the Oklahoman to see if they had a response to these claims. Scott Briggs, Vice President of Administration, replied “As I stated before, you have our official statement, and we don’t have any additional comment to make at this point.”
Since that’s the stance they’re taking, I didn’t ask them about rumors that Zeke also sexually harassed a female Oklahoman interns. According to a Mole, the claims were serious enough that former Oklahoman editor Joe Hight allegedly had a discussion with Zeke regarding the allegations.
But remember, the folks at The Oklahoman were surprised by the reports.
Perhaps they wouldn’t have been if they would have dug a little deeper into Campfield’s past. If they did, I bet they would have taken claims about his behavior a little more serious.
In 2003, Campfield received a deferred sentence on felony burglary charges in Montana. According to this Chicken Fried News-style article in the Missoula Independent, he broke into a house and stole a pair of panties.
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