Thursday, July 16, 2015
Woolston: The FBI is investigating me
And judging from the article, which was posted earlier tonight on the Globe website, Woolston's actions are also a key part of the upcoming state audit. Of course, Turner Report readers have been aware of that for weeks.
It has to be tough to be the Joplin Globe as the fallout from city officials' actions following the Joplin Tornado are being investigated, both by the state auditors and the FBI.
The Globe ignored everything negative about former master developer Wallace Bajjali Development Partners until David Wallace and Costa Bajjali skipped town. Even then, all of the newspaper's wrath was turned on the Texas company and not those who ignored one warning sign after another and invited Wallace-Bajjali to come to Joplin.
It was much the same with Mike Woolston. The Globe went to court to ensure that the public would be able to see not only the 10 missing pages of the Loraine Report, but also all of the depositions taken by the Osage Beach investigator, including his revealing interviews with Woolston and with a number of citizens who described Woolston's activities in the months following the tornado.
After the judge made the documents public, the Globe buried them on its website, even though Woolston was up for re-election. Instead, the newspaper continues to refer to the Loraine investigation as "controversial" and spends more time talking about how much it cost than what it revealed.
Now that state and federal government investigators are looking into what has happened in Joplin, it is going to be extremely difficult for the Joplin Globe to explain how it has been sleeping at the switch since the tornado.
Of course, that is a charitable way of putting it. The Globe has been so heavily involved in what has happened in Joplin, it has played more the role of an unindicted co-conspirator than a newspaper of record.
What the Joplin Globe hasn't told you would fill a book and fortunately, I wrote that book. Copies of Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud: Greed, Corruption, and the Joplin Tornado are available locally at Always Buying Books and Changing Hands Book Shoppe in Joplin and Pat's Books in Carthage, as well as online at Amazon.com.