Escambia County

Commission Wilson Robertson blasts media as the county’s ‘worst enemy’

November 20, 2012

Three Escambia County Commissioners were sworn into office today–Lumon May, Steven Barry and Wilson Robertson, who told the packed house that this would be his final term. May and Barry thanked their family and supporters and talked about looking forward to serving.

Robertson, however, asked for extended time to go after the Pensacola News Journal for its coverage of him over the hiring of Forest Gibbs and for the Independent News for “crucifying” Superintendent of Schools Malcolm Thomas.

Robertson accused the daily newspaper of going after him because he didn’t support county consolidation. He said that the county was in much better financial shape than the city of Pensacola.

He stated that he had attended a luncheon and that Gannett, owner of the Pensacola News Journal, had a “woman from corporate” who, according to Robertson, said that the only way Gannett could survive the Internet was to go after local officials. He accused the media of creating news.

The commissioner also said that the daily newspaper didn’t quote him accurately and that often he didn’t recognize his responses when the News Journal printed them. He said that one PNJ reporter told him, “We don’t care if it’s the truth as long as it’s a quote.” He praised the work of the PNJ’s new government reporter, Nate Monroe, and appeared to be pointing the finger at Jamie Page, who now works in Nashville, Tenn.

Robertson said the media had tried to destroy the Touart family (George Touart will be the interim county administrator as of Dec. 1). He said that the daily newspaper had also tried to destroy the Gibbs family.

The Independent News didn’t escape his wrath. Robertson cited our paper for its coverage of Malcolm Thomas saying that the paper was crucifying one of the finest superintendents this county has ever had. “They claim to have no sacred cows, but when they put x’s on someone’s back, you better watch out. They can’t sell the paper…they have to give it away.”

Robertson received loud applause when he finished.

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  • joe November 23, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Having a couple of daughters, I can imagine what the family digs may be like for Rick to be in a family of all, perhaps even strong, women and the grief they may give him for the Robertson endorsement.
    I forgot that Rick endorsed but then we have found out recently Wilson’s not a conservative at all.

  • Jacqueline November 23, 2012 at 8:15 am

    I agree about the Touart hire. They truly don’t care!How these Commissioners can do an about face from what they have acknowledged earlier with NO PUBLIC explanation is just outrageous. We have started a group to protest the Touart hire and I spoke about it at the last Public Forum but I am not sure what our next step should be. We need *numbers* of people to be involved if we are to be noticed.

    I have gotten on the Dec. 6th BCC agenda under written communication but Touart will already be there be in by then. Should we bring Fire Touart petitions? Have people come forth with what they personally know about his last administration? (I am willing to speak about the catfish pond fiasco.)
    Come join us:
    Citizens Against Touart as Administrator

    PS No one mentions the Touart family except George and Wilson when they are trying to say why we should overlook their bad deeds. Totally false argument. Having family history does not give you immunity from scrutiny when you work for the public. It’s taxpayer money, Guys! Pay Touart out of your own wealth and the problem goes away, lol!

  • Sandra November 23, 2012 at 7:44 am

    What I really don’t understand Rick is that you endorsed Wilson Robertson for re-election. Knowing full well what a crook he is you told people to vote for him? You are part of the problem!

    • Rick Outzen November 23, 2012 at 7:54 am

      My family agrees.

  • Darin Mack November 22, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Excellent analysis, Betty! The commission gave every citizen in this county the big middle finger when they hired back Touart. I say we go after them with everything we have and kick them out of office and hopefully into jail.

  • jeeperman November 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Notice how Mr. Wilson never mentioned these things he whines about until after he was re-elected ?
    If it truly is his last time………………watch out.

  • Betty McAlpin November 21, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I love the photo! It perfectly captures the arrogance of the old boy as he continues to blame everyone but himself for his troubles. Sounds like the press is on the verge of uncovering something the comish doesn’t want found. Maybe a collard green pot full of cash? I’m beginning to think the current commission is the most corrupt body in our history, and that’s saying something! This new Touart affair stinks to high heaven and should be investigated fully by the Governor’s Office, the State Attorney and of course the press.

    A hardy handshake and salute for the PNJ and the Independent.

  • Citizen November 21, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Wilson is a fine example of some one who has gotten re-elected and doesn’t care now what we think. He is very arrogant to think people don’t know he was in with Gibbs hiring. Just goes to show how Wilson feels we are all just stupid and he has all the brains. Well, since I wrote that, he is pretty good. He got himself re-elected. Got to give him credit for pulling that one off. He will show his true side now for the next four years. He will be as bad as White telling everyone to shut up and vote. I don’t know about Barry, but you can rest assured that May is in the pockets of the high rollers around town. He will be a yes man or should I say, just like Junior was. Pensacola will never be on the map as long as people like this are in charge. Between all the arrests of the Public Officials, Violent Crimes they all seem to ignore and looking out for all their buddies, people just laugh when you try and discuss anything to do with the future of the County. If you’re not in the click, you don’t get picked for nothing.

  • joe November 20, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Mr. Robertson is obviously senile.

    He could slam the Independent News for things like being the Hayward free publicity machine and perhaps another extremely liberal rag, but the Malcom Thomas pieces…No way, some of Rick’s best work, for sure.

    I share Mr. Heath’s sentiment about the reason for the applause. Hopefully a delayed reaction. But I think we know why we Escambia is dead last in almost everything…folks are so ignorant that Wilson Robertson’s keep getting re-elected.

    Escambia county government = the best thing to happen for property values in Santa Rosa county.

    Excepting Grover Robinson because i think he really cares, is capable and tries to make a difference.

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