WHIG TV SCAMS Wilson “Tea Party” Over Sheriff Debate

A local Rocky Mount low power “over-the-air” station has scammed the Wilson County tea party into allowing them to film the upcoming Sheriff debate between Calvin Woodard and John Farmer by charging viewers of the live debate $20 at the door.

This from the Wilson Times in an article by Janet Conner-Knox. 

First of all, I happen to be familiar with this television station.  They have had many many issues in the past, including but not limited to rumors of racism and  Tea Party affiliation.  

A local reported once dubbed WHIG as “trash TV” and I’ve used that term also to describe this station. 

Calvin Woodard, who won the Democratic primary back in May, should be commented for pulling out of this WHIG scam.  And, John Farmer, assuming this isn’t a “set-up” in his favor, should do the same.

Never in the history of WHIG have they charged to film this type of event, to my knowledge.  Also, keep in mind that WHIG is only available by rabbit ears in Wilson. 

In the article, a local tea party member Bobby Pitman, tried to justify the WHIG price tag, but to me it sounds like a WHIG shake-down, in an effort to profit from this public debate.

WHIG TV is certainly well known in Rocky Mount, but not for any public service to to their local community.  WHIG has, over the years, been riddled with FCC complaints and allegations of prize fixing where money was involved, particularly in Karaoke contests some years ago.

I even had several businessmen in the Rocky Mount community to tell me “off the record” that WHIG TV was asked not to tape any of the Business Expo last year.  As one person put it, “it’s just bad Karma having them there.”

The list goes on and on with this “local” station. Suffice to say that Wilson would do well to say “thanks, but no thanks” to anything relating with this station.

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About George Fisher

George is a freelance writer, an author and a Democratic political consultant. He has worked as Deputy Communications Director for a Senatorial campaign and Campaign Manager for several NC House races and one congressional race. He previously worked as a news producer for a local television station.
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