The brainless zombies at Tampa television station WFTS continue to agitate for the lynching of area firefighters who belong to motorcycle clubs.
Earlier this month, WFTS reported that two area fire captains, Glen Buzze. “a fire captain and paramedic in Pasco County Fire Rescue,” and James Costa, “a fire captain and EMT for Hillsborough County Fire Rescue” both belonged to “criminal motorcycle gangs.” Buzze is “the president of the Pagans Pasco County Chapter” and Costa is “the president of the Outlaws St. Petersburg Chapter.”
The station claims “I-Team investigator Jarrod Holbrook” was given “months” to discover this. He appears to have had some help from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. So far in May, Holbrook has done on-camera interviews with an ATF agent named Keary Hundt and a Pasco County gang expert named Brian Kozera.
Hundt told Holbrook that members of “criminal motorcycle gangs” like the Pagans and the Outlaws are guilty of “drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, extortion, arson, bombings, you name it.”
Kozera described “criminal motorcycle gangs” as “the mafia on motorcycles, ya know. They’re very organized. It’s organized crime.”
Holbrook’s story is clearly not for people who think or read. His argument seems to be that Buzze and Costa are criminals because of their associations with their respective motorcycle clubs and therefore the public should be outraged that these men should be allowed to work for the public good as firefighters. Holbrook takes every opportunity to utter the pejorative phrase “criminal motorcycle gang.” Some people who do think and read know Holbrook is up to his neck in a logical fallacy called argumentum ad hominem. Real reporters understand it is a dirty trick. WFTS is the only news outlet in the world who thinks this is a news story.
Last week the god of fatuous hacks gave Holbrook a gift. Another firefighter and EMT, a war veteran named Clint Walker managed to get himself Tased in a St. Petersburg bar. As is customary when bad police abuse a citizen without provocation, Walker was charged with “battery on a law enforcement officer.” And, as if to make Holbrook’s dirtiest dreams come true, not only did Walker know Jimbo Costa, he called him brother. Walker turned out to be a St. Petersburg Outlaw, too.
So Holbrook got to go on camera and bludgeon reaction quotes out of local officials about all these good government jobs all these outlaw motorcycle gangsters are stealing from good folk.
“The I-Team confirmed Hillsborough’s fire department doesn’t have a policy keeping firefighters from joining criminal gangs, something county leaders want to change,” Holbrook reports.
Hillsborough County Commissioner Lesley “Les” Miller, Jr. promised Holbrook “Whether part of that Outlaw gang or a white supremacy group, we’re gonna put forth those policies in place and anyone who wants to work for Hillsborough County won’t be a part of those things.”
Commissioner Sandra Murman rolled over and sat up and begged for the camera and barked, “The Department of Justice has clearly said that these groups like the Outlaws are criminal type gangs, I mean they’ve said that very clearly. That’s an issue we take very seriously here.”
Holbrook’s noise will stop soon. It is almost June. Sweeps month, when The Nielsen Company asks news consumers to name their favorite television shows, is almost over.