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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Riding the Waves: Soledad O'Brien and Warren Ballentine
I’m generally not a
big follower of TV and radio news personalities but two stories this week have
caught my eye.
CNN's Soledad O'Brien
First I learned here
that Soledad O’Brien’s morning show on CNN is being canceled. I didn’t even
know she had a morning show so what troubles me is not that she lost it [the
ratings were pretty low, it seems] but that the big shots at the network were
upset that too many of her viewers were ethnic. Don’t you just love this post-racial America? Hey, if they don't want people of color to watch their network I'll be glad to help spread the word.
"The People's Attorney"
The second news
personality, Warren Ballentine, not only lost his nationally syndicated radio
show, but also may be on a fast track to lose something of far greater value: his freedom.
It seems that Ballentine, an Illinois attorney, was indicted last week in
connection with what federal officials are calling a ”$10 million mortgage
fraud scheme.” Source
Chicago feds seem to
think “the people’s attorney”, as Ballentine refers to himself, conspired with
others to obtain nearly 30 bogus mortgage loans via fraudulent documents
between December 2004 and May 2006.
Ballentine, 41, is
scheduled to appear at a US Courthouse in Chicago on Feb. 5 on six counts of
bank fraud, false statements and mail and wire fraud. He has proclaimed his
innocence on Facebook and elsewhere.
I wouldn’t ordinarily
have paid much attention to this except that Ballentine was a featured speaker
last year at a Cleveland State University program I attended. He professed a
fondness for our fair city and I think he professed Ohio roots. I hadn’t heard
of him before that appearance but discovered he had a fair number of local listeners.
I listened to his show once or twice and moved on.
Here’s hoping "the people’s attorney" does not represent himself.