Andrew Colton And "Boca News Now" Get In The Business of Smearing Their Own Credibility

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  1. Matthew Cline says:

    In fact, if the driver were criminally prosecuted for killing Mr. Van Orden, absent any indication that Mr. Van Orden was intoxicated and that his intoxication had a role in the accident, there is almost no chance that his criminal record would be admitted in a prosecution.

    Maybe he thinks that people with Van Orden's criminal record are horribly unskilled when it comes to being a bicyclist, and it was his horrid bicycling skills which led to the accident? It's the only other thing I can think of which would lead him to say the things he said.

    Also, I really hope Andrew Colton comes here to defend himself. *crosses fingers*

  2. Chris says:

    He should reconsider his course of action.

    He should govern himself accordingly.

  3. Aiede says:

    I especially like "young associate Joseph Farris," as if his age has a bearing on the validity of his Section 230 cite.

  4. Matthew Cline says:

    He should govern himself accordingly.

    While snorting taint.

    And molesting a squirrel.

  5. Windypundit says:

    "douchey servile prosecutor-fluffing"

    Sigh. It's these little touches that make Popehat so wonderful.

  6. naught_for_naught says:

    Has Mr. Colton been able to account for his whereabouts at the time of the accident?

  7. Jack B. says:

    Andrew Colton is considered to be the leading producer nationally of high-impact litigation settlement documentaries and “day in the life videos.” Attorneys retain Colton to benefit from his story telling and production expertise honed during years spent as an award winning national correspondent for ABC News and CBS Newspath.

    A decent video camera, some cheap lighting, some stock sappy music and a modicum of editing skills, and you, too, can make these "day in the life" videos. The hardest part of these clips is picking out the appropriate royalty-free music.

  8. Dan T. says:

    I live in Boca… it's a shame that when this place gets in the news it's usually connected with some sort of sleaze.

  9. naught_for_naught says:

    @Jack B.

    Don't forget the slow-motion montage of the defendant rescuing kittens from trees, loading groceries for little old ladies and repairing the bikes of neighbor kids who all go on to become NFL quarterbacks and Presidents of these United States — all to the heart-warming strains of Amazing Grace played the bagpipes.

  10. Analee says:

    @Matthew Cline,

    If Coltom snorts a squirrel's taint, he can do both of your suggestions at once!

  11. JT says:

    Even Colton's Wikipedia page has conflict of interest warnings.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Colton

  12. Lizard says:

    Would you be surprised to learn that a journalist is acting like an eager censor?

    About as surprised as I'd be to find an anti-gay preacher was caught in a gay sex scandal. About as surprised as I'd be to find a guy who believes in one provably whackdoodle thing also believes in a whole bunch of other whackdoodle things. About as surprised as I'd be to have any series I like canceled halfway through the first season. I think you get the drift.

    This article is one more datapoint towards my belief that there needs to be costs and penalties with filing baseless lawsuits, ones which can be inflicted quickly and easily by the targets of such with minimal investment of resources/legal know-how. How this could be accomplished, I have no idea.

  13. Artor says:

    I have to wonder about motives. Why is Colton getting so defensive about this particular case? It would be very interesting if he were found to have a financial relationship with the driver involved. Or if he was the driver himself. In any case, it seems Colton is unaware of either Barbara Streisand, or the First Rule of Holes, so I expect we'll be hearing more of him.

  14. Jack B. says:

    Don't forget the slow-motion montage of the defendant rescuing kittens from trees, loading groceries for little old ladies and repairing the bikes of neighbor kids who all go on to become NFL quarterbacks and Presidents of these United States — all to the heart-warming strains of Amazing Grace played the bagpipes

    Years ago I worked for a video production company and once my boss was working on one of those "day in the life" videos. Sadly, the victim was a veteran and the clip contained footage from his military funeral. My boss had to splice in a recorded version of "Taps" because the live version played at the funeral was so awful that it initially inspired cringing, then laughter.

  15. trnsz says:

    Thank you all for the support.

    As far as I am aware the driver in this case remains at large and has not been arrested or charged but an investigation is still ongoing.

    I'd be willing to cease this battle completely if Mr. Colton would retract and remove the articles in question that have so upset the local community.

    Tim, you will not be forgotten and I'll keep fighting for you just like you would for me.

  16. Renee Marie Jones says:

    Thomas Jefferson tried to censor critics after he was elected President. Ben Franklin used to print all sorts of lies if it suited him. You can't swing a dead cat in this country without hitting a hypocrite.

  17. Jack B. says:

    Ben Franklin used to print all sorts of lies if it suited him.

    Relevant link

  18. TomB says:

    Relevant link

    My God that is funny.

    Franklin was a absolute howl.

  19. TomB says:

    colloidal silver

    I'm glad you mentioned this.

    Anybody know how long this blue coloring will last?

    I'm tired of looking like a smurf.

  20. James Pollock says:

    "This article is one more datapoint towards my belief that there needs to be costs and penalties with filing baseless lawsuits, ones which can be inflicted quickly and easily by the targets of such with minimal investment of resources/legal know-how. How this could be accomplished, I have no idea."

    Drone technology combined with NSA surveillance. (And you thought those two could ONLY be used for EVIL!)

  21. Nat Gertler says:

    The criminal record is very relevant if he was trying to ram the car off the road with his bicycle. Otherwise, no. At best, filthy exploitative journalism. At worst…

  22. Rob says:

    Jack B. • Sep 14, 2013 @3:06 pm

    Ben Franklin used to print all sorts of lies if it suited him.

    Relevant link

    Also relevant.

  23. Mark - Lord of the Albino Squirrels says:

    That "remarkable" editorial from Boca News Now was priceless. I especially liked this part at the end:

    "Posting comments? Note that ip addresses are logged and may, at the discretion of the publisher, be shared with law enforcement in unique situations."

    As moderation policies go – especially for a "newspaper" – that's a bit… intense.

  24. Fasolt says:

    "Posting comments? Note that ip addresses are logged and may, at the discretion of the publisher, be shared with law enforcement in unique situations."

    What might those unique situations be? Felony ButtHurt? Criminal Mockery?

  25. Dion starfire says:

    Could somebody explain how/why the following two phrases (quoted from the post who quoted it from … ) aren't saying the same thing? I can not see the difference in this context.

    Specifically, that the news site is paid by attorneys to “smear” opposing parties in litigation.

    The owner of this news organization is Mr. Colton who is in the business of smearing victims and helping the accused avoid the consequences of their actions. He uses his ownership of the Boca News to help him achieve his goals!

  26. wgering says:

    He should govern himself accordingly.

    While snorting taint.

    And molesting a squirrel.

    All whilst riding a pony.

    @Fasolt: I believe the technical term is "First Degree Butthurt."

  27. Stephen H says:

    That Wikipedia page is hilarious. It should stay, but most of it needs to be replaced with information about the Streisand Effect.

  28. Fasolt says:

    @wgering-Right you are. :)

  29. Careless says:

    But incredibly, at 1am this morning, we received a letter

    I don't know, I'd be pretty surprised to receive a letter at 1 am.

  30. David says:

    "an online forum where it seems many have little else to do than comment on news articles involving bikes"

    So their position is that the drivel they post is totally devoid of anything that people should want to talk about?

    "For those of you who continue to post on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere, consider whether your posts could end up helping the driver’s defense"

    I see. Did THEY consider whether their article could help the driver's defense? Or do they think a Facebook post has more impact than an article on their news site?

    In sum, their site appears to have no impact and is not worth talking about, and that seems to be THEIR take.

  31. Bob K says:

    Rumor has it years ago Colton and the evil biker were schoolmates. Although Colton outweighed that nasty biker kid by 25 pounds, for some reason the biker kid always ended up with Colton's lunch money.

  32. piperTom says:

    Please excuse the tangent, but Ken poked at my sore spot: "…there is almost no chance that [victim's] criminal record would be admitted in a prosecution [of driver]."

    The jury, one would hope, is drawn from the same pool of people as the commenters (of BocaNewsNow.com). These worthies quite properly had the reaction that those facts are irrelevant, in poor tasted, and an attempt at evoking prejudice. For any reasonably intelligent jury, a defense strategy involving these facts about the victim is going backfire. The effect is enhanced if there is a judge who will gently point this out to them.

    In a saner world, a "FIJA" world, there is no gate keeper of information save the jury members themselves. A judge could ask whether, rather than command that, a stop must be put to such bullshit.

  33. nlp says:

    I suspect Colton is trying for the "this man was so awful that the driver has done the community a favor by killing him" treatment. If the police do eventually arrest the driver mention of it may never appear, and if it does it will be buried somewhere.

  34. barry says:

    @Dion starfire

    Could somebody explain how/why the following two phrases ..aren't saying the same thing?

    Mr Colton has both Coltoncreative and Boca News. He (at least the Boca News editorial) is accusing the reddit poster of accusing Boca News of being paid by attorneys to “smear” opposing parties. It is Coltoncreative that is paid by attorneys. ie, Colton seems to confuse Coltoncreative with Boca News more than the reddit writer does.

    (Is it defamation to accuse someone of a defamation they didn't make?)

  35. Alex says:

    piperTom, what Ken was pointing out is that the opposing party would not allow such a defense strategy to even get to trial without putting it to the judge to refuse to admit such evidence because it is so plainly irrelevant that presenting it to a jury would be a waste of time at best. At least, that would be the case under the CEC and FRE that I'm currently studying, and I would hope that Florida has an adequate Evidence Code as well.

  36. Mike says:

    The article is no longer featured on the front page of bocanewsnow.com but a quick search found http://bocanewsnow.com/2013/08/26/biker-van-orden-killed-in-boca-had-lengthy-record/

    The article (published Aug 26th) says it was updated twice on Aug 27th to include the name and some biographical information of the driver. "Van Orden was allegedly struck by Drew Blazure, a former intern for U.S. Representative Leonard Lance (NJ 7th). Florid Atlantic University tells BocaNewsNow.com that he is in a doctorate program at the school."

  37. Alex the Too Old says:

    "Florid Atlantic University tells BocaNewsNow.com that he is in a doctorate program at the school."

    Epic typo. XD

  38. Clownius says:

    Yeah i think the Driver paid some big $$$$ for that right up.

    Slam the Victim and Crap on about how the Driver was an Intern getting a doctorate etc…

    Just wow.

    Wheres anonymous when we need them. Someone needs to take out the trash.

  39. Larry W says:

    You linked to the 2008 case of Yellow Journalist Lori.
    It's still going: there were supposed to be hearings in July but they were delayed until October..2013. Because you wouldn't want people to forget about it.

  40. Larry W says:

    That was supposed to say "Yellow Journalist Lori Kilchermann". Sorry!

  41. David M. Nieporent says:

    I think the funniest part is that when criticized for not reporting on the driver, BocaNews's defense was "we do not want to publish rumor or innuendo if it could jeopardize a case." Apparently publishing rumor or innuendo is normally okay; only if it "jeopardizes a case" is it a problem.

  42. JT says:

    @David

    And isn't it "innuendo" to publish the victim's criminal record as the focus of the story in the first place? lol.

  43. ZarroTsu says:

    The comment he says — even though it is completely incorrect — will remain.

    Stop hitting yourself.
    Stop hitting yourself.
    Stop hitting yourself.

  44. SPQR says:

    Thank God that douchey servile prosecutor-fluffing is protected. I was concerned for a second.

  45. Jay says:

    @JT
    in·nu·en·do - an allusive or oblique remark or hint, typically a suggestive or disparaging one.

    Sounds exactly like the "journalism" seen on the likes of the Nancy Grace show and HLN. While I would certainly never defend those outlets, they at least spew the rumor, innuendo, and speculation rather indiscriminately.

  46. Tony says:

    While it doesn't excuse the subsequent behaviors, it's possible that the purpose of including the victim's criminal history in the original article was to allude to the point that the victim was only riding a bike due to having his license suspended after 3 DUIs. So had he not chosen to put others lives in danger multiple times, he himself would likely not have died.

    That said, the site's subsequent actions were still unacceptable.

  47. Smut Clyde says:

    That Wikipedia page is hilarious.
    A page of hagiographic piffle lauding Andrew Colton's media triumphs and advertising his commercial activities, created by some "infoguy1008", whose only Wikipedia activity is to maintain the page against edits. No-one saw that coming!

  48. Darryl says:

    /snark

    Uh, oh. I think Ken may be in trouble. From the bottom of the whining "editorial":

    BocaNewsNow(TM) is a Trademark of MetroDesk Media, LLC. The name may not be used without express written permission.

    I hope he has his written permission slip. /snark off

  49. Jayce says:

    "the judgment or professionalism of professional "mainstream" journalists"

    Sorry, but I've got to ask. Who do you consider mainstream journalists with judgement and professionalism?

    I really would like to know.

    CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, etc, have essentially become either noisemakers or sound bite repeat loops for whatever political cause they trumpet that day. Newsweek and Time are complete fluff ("he was raised in a coal town by a mom that couldn't afford to bake an apple pie every week" and what has that to do with his voting record, which you have carefully not mentioned?). Where's the meat? The Economist seems to try at being unbiased, but its hard to tell with no one decent to compare to. NYT is progressive hoopla, except when they decide to print an opposing viewpoint to demonstrate how amazingly objective they are. NY Post is… well, the NY Post. The Washington Post seems to sway with whoever is in the White House. The LA Times, Houston Chron, so on and so forth are strictly progressive propaganda houses. USA today is Newsweek on a daily instead of weekly basis, all bites, no meal. The various "conservative" Papers and magazines are essentially outlets of the Republican talking points of the week.

    It is truly disgusting.

    Really, are there any actual journalists out there? And if so, who the hell are they and where can we find them?

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