Politics

In radio show breaks news

October 9, 2007

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Yesterday’s In Your Head Radio made both WEAR TV and the News Journal, although we aren’t named but called merely “a local radio show,” for our interview with Escambia County School Board member Jeff Bergosh.

WEAR TV:

Bergosh Speaks Out About Godzilla

The politician behind some controversial statements on a local blog is speaking out.

Escambia County School Board Member Jeff Bergosh’s on-line identity on the Pensacola News Journal Blog was exposed last week — by the paper.

Today he is answering his critics.

Channel Three’s Dan Thomas is live in the studio with this follow-up…

“Godzilla” tackled a wide range of topics… From a jail house death to teacher pay — never pulling any punches…

But now that Jeff Bergosh’s cover is blown, he’s far from the fire breathing blogger readers came to know.

The name is Godzilla and in the arena of the news journal blog his comments are the norm…

Blasting teacher’s unions, and even other bloggers….

Using codes for profane language.

Godzilla at times has attacked school board members calling them spineless… While at the same time saying quote “I know we can count on board member Bergosh.”

Rick Outzen: “But you are Godzilla.” Jeff Bergosh: “Yes. I am.”

On a local talk radio show, school board member Jeff Bergosh came clean…

Though he was guarded about his comments and stuck largely to a prepared statement.

Bergosh is angry his identity was exposed on a forum he thought was anonymous.

We asked him about Godzilla’s entry in response to someone’s use of the term trailer trash when talking about student truancy … Wrote “they are not the culprits… I have 3 words for you. Escambia District 3.”

District 3 is predominantly African American.

And when questioned, Bergosh was no longer the brash talking Godzilla.

Jeff Bergosh: “Obviously we have areas that struggle. That’s framed in the context of people constantly comparing us to Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties… we have some schools that struggle.”

We got much the same avoidance when we asked him about the language he chose.

Dan Thomas/Reporter: “Would you be okay with a child in the school system writing things like this?” Jeff Bergosh: “I don’t want to talk about things like that … again it’s an anonymous blog.”

That was the last question Bergosh answered on camera.

He did however tell us off camera that he apologizes to anyone he may have offended… Calling his language “over the top.”

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 9 2007, 04:11 AM CDT

News Journal: Jeff Bergosh blasts back

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  • PcolaRants October 18, 2007 at 1:19 am

    Internet Rule #1 : Never use your personal email to register for ANYTHING online. Create a free “spam” account. Never use the same password either. You can even use proxy servers to hide your IP (somewhat).

    Anyway, it was stupid of Bergosh to use his personal email to regsiter at PNJ.

    Since everyone is leaving the PNJ forum, I’m setting up a new place to rant – PcolaRants.com.

    Hopefully, it will provide a forum to initiate change… where Pensacolians can speak(type) openly about current issues.

  • Anonymous October 15, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    Since when was the right to free speech done away with.Oh yeah Pres. Bush did away with it a few years ago.

  • Anonymous October 10, 2007 at 10:53 am

    but didn’t Jeff admit to be being godzilla? and in this letter he is denying ? I am confused???

  • Karl October 10, 2007 at 6:46 am

    Can we make a rule, people? No more encyclopedic posts like the one above? If you have outside sources, put a lnik to them in your comments. Very few of us want to wade through thosands of words to get to the next post.

  • Jerri October 9, 2007 at 8:52 pm

    Rick–
    this was just posted on the PNJ site. I know you dislike the rumor mill stuff and prefer no blogs after a story, that the story needs to stand on its own–I disagree, but whatever–you can tell us if this email is real or not. If real, it seems to be damaging to both PNJ and Arnold.

    Lionheart,
    Notice how Rabb says suspicion and Arnold confirms the suspicion. No statement that Bergosh admitted to being Godzilla. Rather, the NewsJournal’s Rabb cpmmunicates a suspicion based upon their IT guy and Ronnie confirms that he has a suspicion as well. Mind the date, which 10/3/07. Then on 10/4/07 the story runs that Bergosh admitted this to both of them. Bergosh stated on the radio with Outzen that he was a confidential source for Rabb and that off the record, he admitted to being the lizard king. Bergosh denied admitting anything to Arnold. Seeing Arnold’s post of 10/03/07 versus what he said on 10/04 and today 10/09, there are inconsistincies. Which statement do you believe from Arnold, the earlier or the latter???
    It is amazing what an employee can find laying around the Supt’s office late in the day. This is one public record I am sure they thought would never see the light of day. Come on PNJ address this. How about some honest newswoman somewhere search for truth. Maybe Channel 5, in Mobile could address this. The Truth will set you free. PNJ betrayed trust, Rabb betrayed a confidential source and Arnold, IMHO, lied.

    Check the email string below and you decide

    Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 7:07 pm Post subject: King Richard, where did that email come from?

    ________________________________________
    It came from one of the 6,000, who has access to public records as well.
    Notice the date. Notice Rabb did not tell Arnod Bergosh Admitted to being Godzilla. Notice Arnold did not tell the Board members that Bergosh was Godzilla. Stories seemed to have changed from 10/3/07 to thereafter. Where is the investigatory journalism of the PNJ. Remember, they will not tolerate dissent. Come on Schneider, answer this one!
    _________________
    Richard the Lionheart

    From: Jeff Bergosh Wednesday – October 3, 2007 4:56 PM
    To: Arnold, Ronnie; School Board Members
    CC: Dwelle, Jackie; English, Linda; Ross, Norm; Waters, Donna; West, Linda
    Subject: Jeff Bergosh

    To My Fellow Board Members,

    I regret the fact that our Associate Superintendent for Public & Interagency Affairs felt he somehow had the duty to send you the below email regarding alleged posters on the Pensacola News Journal” Blog”. Mr. Arnold and I met two weeks ago on this very subject and at that time he confronted me with his suspicion about posters on a blog. I denied these baseless allegations then, and put the issue to rest. I guess Mr. Arnold wanted or felt compelled to keep this non-story going by sending you what amounts to a continuation of a hunch or suspicion (below email). With a plethora of much more important issues to attend to, I find it quite amazing that Mr. Arnold would feel that this issue had reached the level that it warranted an “explanation” email. Let me assure you it does not.

    I have asked some tough questions at meetings lately, and taken some positions opposite of what some in the district wanted–and therefore it seems as though I have made someone angry. I make no apologies for taking the positions I take on issues I feel passionate about, so I can handle it when folks want to take shots at me. I do not march lock-step with anyone, period. Anyone who knows me knows that. In this particular case, people want to perpetrate accusations and innuendos about me based upon entries someone has made on a blog. WOW–Must be a slow news day! I think the whole thing is quite childish and I certainly hope that the Associate Superintendent for Public & Interagency Affairs can find issues more important to the district to investigate beyond these trivial matters.

    This issue comes to you now because yesterday I was approached by the PNJ Educational reporter, Sara Rabb. Mrs. Rabb and I had a frank discussion on many issues surrounding education in Escambia County. During the conversation, she asked if I was a certain poster on the PNJ blog. I denied it and I laughed because Mr. Ronnie Arnold had also recently accused me of being this blogger. Mrs. Rabb, not knowing that our Associate Superintendent for Public & Interagency Affairs had made the same accusation, may have misinterpreted my reaction. I thought the issue was ironic and humorous, due To Mr. Arnold and others suspecting I was some blog poster— but my amusement was NOT an affirmation. I unequivocally denied this accusation to Mrs. Rabb, and I have spoken with her again to reiterate my position. I would most certainly hope that you, my fellow board members, would take this non-story for what it is, a big nothing.

    Jeff Bergosh
    Escambia County School Board District 1

    DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL–CONFIDENTIAL

    >>> Ronnie Arnold 10/3/2007 12:55 PM >>>
    Board Members:

    I am currently in Tallahasse on legislative business. I received a troubling call today from Sara Rabb of the Pensacola News Journal. Sara indicated to me that the PNJ had suspicions about Mr. Bergosh being the blogger named “Godzilla.” She further stated that a search of the IP address used by the blogger belonged to Mr. Bergosh.

    She further stated that in her interview with Mr. Bergosh about this matter, he had indicated that I had questioned him about this a couple of weeks ago. I confirmed that fact.

    While I have been typing this, I have received a call of a similar nature from Rick Outzen of the Indepengret thedent Weekly.

    I would suspect that board members may be receiving calls on this issue as well and wanted to give you a “heads up.”

    Ronnie

    Ronnie Arnold, Associate Superintendent
    Public & Interagency Affairs
    The School District of Escambia County
    215 W. Garden St.
    Pensacola, FL 32502
    (850) 469-6135
    (850) 469-6172 (fax)
    rarnold2@escambia.k12.fl.us

  • Jerry October 9, 2007 at 5:24 pm

    Did he beat his neighbor or his daughter? It was a confusing story, probably too much white lightin’ was involved.

  • Aaron October 9, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    Yeah, I heard that, charming story of how he accused his next door neighbor of theft without any evidence, he just didn’t like him, and challenged the guy to fight in the backyard! Jeez, what a goober! Will Waspo’s posts are EXACTLY like bathroom graffitti, so maybe he is Luke after all. That’s the highest form of literature in his world, something to lighten the load of beating your neighor with a 2×4!

  • Bob Wood October 9, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    Maybe that’s why that mickey mouse radio station put him back on the air.
    Maybe he told them he was gonna beat them up too.

  • Bob Wood October 9, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    Not me. I’m too ascared to ask that dude anything. This afternoon he was talking about a time he wanted to beat up one of his neighbors.

  • CK October 9, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    Has anyone asked him if HE is Willy Waspo?

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