In today’s local newspaper, Columnist Sam Venable has made the point that everyone needs to take a chill pill and relax until the FBI does something definitive with Pilot Flying J. That’s a valid point.
I find a couple of things ironic. One, the coverage of the Plain Dealer of Cleveland, OH has been more intense than that of the Knoxville paper. Additionally, the Editor of the Knoxville paper joined the panel on WBIR‘s Inside TN that aired on Sunday. The Editor had some pages of the FBI warrant. Does the local paper really need to excuse itself from the story due in part that on every Friday Pilot Flying J purchases about 50,000 papers and gives them away. Additionally, the local paper and Pilot Flying J have the same PR/Gov’t Relations person in Cynthia Moxley?
Additionally, I noticed during one of last weeks press conference that Talk Show Host Hallerin Hill was sitting close to Mr. Jimmy Haslam. Pilot Flying J is a contributing sponsor to Hill’s weekly television show, Anything is Possible. Maybe it is too much for them to excuse themselves, then how about a disclosure?