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Police Say WPEC Not The Station Chief Called ‘Racist,’ WPEC Mad at Blogger’s Report

wpec_304West Palm Beach CBS affiliate WPEC has been cleared by the Riviera Beach police department of disturbing the police chief Friday night, an incident which reportedly led him to call the offending crew racist in an email.

The story, which was first reported by Gossip Extra said Riviera Beach Police Chief Clarence Williams called a WPEC crew racist after they disturbed his neighbors and 87-year-old mother when they showed up at his door Friday night looking for answers about an amber alert hat had been canceled.

Now, both Riviera Beach police and WPEC have turned their attention to Gossip Extra and want the media blog to retract its story.

In an email obtained by TVSpy, Riviera Police PIO Rose Ann Brown tells Jose Lambiet of Gossip Extra, “Our investigation has revealed that the news crew that visited the Chief’s home WAS NOT FROM WPEC CHANNEL 12.” Brown adds, “I request that you send an update to your distribution list clarifying that WPEC Channel 12 DID NOT go to the Chief’s home. Thank you for assisting in informing readers that WPEC Channel 12 was not involved in that reprehensible behavior. ”

Lambiet based his report on an email from Chief Williams.

WPEC Michael Pumo tells Gossip Extra, “As you now know the true facts about the incident from last Friday night and that WPEC provided in its story a factually correct representation of that nights events, I’m demanding a retraction due to the conclusion of the police departments investigation.” Pumo then tells Lambiet “Its irresponsible for anyone to suggest that our coverage was racist.”

But Lambiet fired back at WPEC in his own email, “Did the chief deny writing the email?” writes Lambiet. “Whether it was WPEC or anyone else in the chief’s driveway is really of no consequence. He, a public official, accused you of racism without even being sure it was you. Instead of going after him, which you wouldn’t dare doing, you’re complaining about me?” Read more

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Florida Police Chief Calls WPEC Racist

riviera police chief croppedRiviera Beach Police Chief Clarence Williams is accusing a WPEC crew of racism after they came to his house Friday night.

As Gossip Extra first reported, Williams was mad a crew from the West Palm Beach, FL, CBS affiliate showed up at his house asking about an amber alert that had recently been lifted. The amber alert was for 2-year-old Le-Rail Johnson who was found safe over the weekend.

“I consider their actions a violation of public trust and RACIST!!” the chief wrote in an email. “No other public safety official in this media market has ever been treated this way.”

According to Gossip Extra, the chief refused to be interviewed for the story and claimed the crew disturbed his neighbors and his 87-year-old mother. See the entire email after the jump. Read more

What Are Local Stations Covering?

The West Palm Beach Florida TV stations all have their own take on what’s important to viewers.

Only one story made all four newscasts: the closing of the Flagler Memorial Bridge. WPTV devoted the most time to the bridge story opting for team coverage led by Shannon Cake who was hovering above the bridge in a helicopter.

See the stories they covered in the first five minutes below.

Mike McCormick Named WPEC News Director

wpec_304Mike McCormick has been named news director for West Palm Beach CBS affiliate WPEC.

WPEC GM Michael Pumo told TVSpy, “I look forward to his expertise, energy and dedication in making CBS12 news, the One to Turn To for content on all available screens.”

McCormick last worked at WTEV-WAWS in Jacksonville, FL where he had been news director for five years. He has also worked as news director at WPMI-WJTC in Mobile, AL, WKYC in Cleveland and WTLV-WJXX in Jacksonville.

He replaces Cathy Younkin who left the station in early January.

News Director Cathy Younkin Out at WPEC

wpec_304Cathy Younkin, news director for West Palm Beach, FL, CBS affiliate WPEC, is no longer with the station.

WPEC GM Michael Pumo confirmed Younkin’s departure with TVSpy, but would not comment further.

Gossip Extra first reported the news, saying she was “abruptly fired.”

Younkin came to WPEC in 2009 from WWMT in Grand Rapids, MI.

No Charges for Man Accused of Sending Threatening Tweet to Anchor

pierro_discepolo_croppedCharges have been dropped against a Florida man facing criminal charges for a tweet he sent to WPEC anchor John Discepolo.

Martin Pierro was facing charges of intimidation through a written threat to kill or injure for his tweet. He told supporters on “We Support Martin Pierro” facebook page he had spoken with his lawyer, “She informed me that the charges against me had been dropped. I was nothing short of ecstatic, I thanked her profu…sely and told her to make sure she billed me for the little bit of time it took her to call me (what was I thinking? – LOL).”

Pierro ran into trouble after responding to a tweet by the West Palm Beach CBS affiliate’s anchor promoting an upcoming story by writing, “Someone is hiding in your house waiting to kill you … find out where … tonight at 11.”

Discepolo didn’t think it was funny even after assurances by Pierro he was joking. Check out the tweet after the jump. Read more

Man Facing Criminal Charges for Sending Threatening Tweet to Palm Beach Anchor

pierro_discepolo_croppedAccording the The Palm Beach Post, a Lake Worth, FL, man is facing criminal charges over a tweet he sent to WPEC anchor John Discepolo in October.

Martin Thomas Pierro, whose twitter handle is @Cosmic Times, was arrested Friday after he allegedly responded to a tweet by Discepolo about an upcoming story by writing, “Someone is hiding in your house waiting to kill you…find out where…tonight at 11.”

@Cosmic Times then told Discepolo, “Oh come on that’s an old school broadcasters joke. I was just poking fun at your ‘teases’ for the nightly news,” after the anchor tweeted back, “Not something to joke about…not cool.”

Pierro told The Post by phone, “It was just a joke. Really. Now I’m facing criminal charges.” Read more

Israel Balderas Set to Debut on WPEC

israel_balderasIsrael Balderas has joined West Palm Beach CBS station WPEC.

Balderas left former Charlotte, NC, FOX affiliate WCCB in May. According to Media Moves, tomorrow will be his first day on air at WPEC.

“As you may have read from other postings, it’s official: I started a new job as the weekend anchor/reporter at WPEC-TV, CBS 12 in West Palm Beach, FL.,” Balderas wrote on his facebook page. “Will always have wonderful memories of the Queen City. And now, a new adventure awaits…Let’s do it!”

Balderas had worked at WCCB for three years. He previously worked at KFOX in EL Paso, TX.

WCCB switched from FOX to the CW in July after FOX bought rival station WJZY.

Website Aims to Shame South Florida Reporters by Publishing Personal Info

A website that is geared to “exposing deadbeats to the world” has turned its sights on reporters in South Florida.

The site, deadbeatlink.com, has posted the names and personal information of reporters, both print and broadcast, who don’t meet its journalistic standards. Included on the list are reporters for West Palm Beach CBS affiliate WPEC.

For example, when you click on the link for WPEC reporter Benjamin Becker, deadbeatlink.com shows his personal info, including his address and gives a short explanation of why he’s being targeted,

Benjamin Ruttenberg Becker is a reporter for WPEC Channel 12 in West Palm Beach. As journalists, the staff of the WPEC have chosen to ignore select political figures in Palm Beach County, turning their heads while their agencies run rampant with corruption, ranging in crimes of moral turpitude, stealing from tax payers to even committing murder.They cover things up in their own industry; if a member of the media commits rape, they are dismissed quietly and it is ignored by the rest of the media, deemed not worthy of news.

The video above was posted to Vimeo by Jose Lambiet of Gossip Extra. He was sent the video after asking the group behind the site, in his words, “what’s up?” In it, the group says journalism is supposed to be a watchdog of the government. The people behind the website obviously think that’s not happening and promise to list a new news organization every week. Read more

WPEC Weekend Anchor Jenna Caiazzo Robbed at Gunpoint

jenna caiazzoWPEC weekend anchor and reporter Jenna Caiazzo was robbed at gunpoint Friday night in downtown West Palm Beach.

“Last night I was the victim of an armed robbery in downtown West Palm Beach. I was leaving dinner at City Place around 10:30 and was held up at gunpoint by two young black males,” she reported over the weekend. “They demanded my friend’s and my pocketbooks and threatened to shoot. They got away with everything we have.”

Caiazzo directed anyone with tips on the men’s identity or whereabouts to call the Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County or to reach out to her directly with the information. [h/t NewsBlues]

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