This is sweeps month, when The Nielsen Company surveys viewers to find out what they like to watch on television. And last night, in an effort to be better liked, a soulless and self evidently brainless corporation in Tampa called WFTS chose a couple of sacrificial victims to slander for the amusement of its viewers.
The victims names are Glen Buzze and James Costa.
Television newz, as you probably already know, is to journalism as biting the heads off live birds is to brain surgery. Mindless sensationalism trumps actually information every time. Image is everything. The story about Buzze and Costa.was introduced by a guy who looks like a rookie guidance counselor and a woman who looks like a lot lizard. The guidance counselor was so appalled by the newz he had to report that he performed his introduction, gesturing angrily and sort of clenching his fist. “Members of criminal motorcycle gangs found in public safety positions here in the Bay area,” he announced.
The lot lizard on his left finished his thought for him. “Yeah. I-Team investigator Jarrod Holbrook spent months uncovering the safety concerns that now have law enforcement on edge.”
According to his station biography, Holbrook is a former Marine Corps Assaultman who “specialized in explosives, rocket and missile launchers and small team special ops.” And, he owns a “giant Goldendoodle.” And, an Emmy.
Ain’t It Awful
What Holbrook spent months uncovering is that Buzze is “the president of the Pagans Pasco County Chapter” and also “a fire Captain and Paramedic in Pasco County Fire Rescue.”
Holbrook also uncovered that “Costa as the president of the Outlaws St. Petersburg Chapter” and “a Fire Captain and EMT for Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.”
Buzze has no criminal record. Long ago, Costa may have fought a cop and his charges were dismissed.
Special Agent Do-Right
“Despite clean criminal records,” Holbrook reports, “their status has ATF Special Agent Hundt extremely concerned. He considers it a public safety issue.”
Hundt tells Holbook that the two men are one percenters and when you are a one percenter “You consider yourself not subject to society’s rules and laws.” Hundt should know. He “investigates criminal motorcycle gangs. He says they are known for all types of crimes, ‘Drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, extortion, arson, bombings, you name it..’”
The story repeatedly refers to the Pagans and the Outlaws as “criminal motorcycle gangs.”
Holbrook dug deep in his months of uncovering and “obtained a flyer Buzze made on a taxpayer-funded fire station computer promoting an event for his MC.”
And that’s what happened in Tampa, Florida yesterday.