Publisher’s Positions

By Steve Hunley

Experience Matters In City Judge Race

The race for municipal judge has heated up with incumbent John Rosson pointing out the differences in his record and that of challenger Tyler Caviness.  Rosson’s campaign has sent out mailers reminding voters local lawyers have rated the incumbent judge as the most qualified candidate.  75% of the Knoxville Bar Association members rated Judge Rosson as qualified while only 29% rated Caviness as qualified.  Rosson’s mailer noted the judge had been practicing law for 31 years while Caviness has “changed jobs four different times in the 5 years since he was in law school.”  Another mailer contrasts Rosson’s experience, pointing out he presided over 1,300 cases this year alone, while Caviness has been the lead attorney on three jury trials in his “short career.”

Lastly, Rosson’s most recent mailer points out Tyler Caviness has never even voted in a city election until becoming a candidate himself while Rosson has voted every time.  Caviness has only voted in 6 out of 17 elections since he registered to vote in 2016.


Finally, A New Speaker

The House has a new speaker.  Republicans in the U. S. House of Representatives, after three tries following the ouster of Kevin McCarthy, settled on Congressman Mike Johnson of Louisiana.  Johnson gave an eloquent speech upon his election as speaker and seems poised to lead the House during these difficult times.


Little Trust In Mainstream Media

Congressman Jared Moskowitz of Florida, a Democrat, has said once a speaker has been elected, he believed a resolution would be offered on the House floor censuring Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.  Moskowitz said he believes the censure resolution would be offered because of Tlaib’s insistence on promoting the lie about the Israeli Defense Department having targeted a hospital, which has proven not to be true.  Moskowitz said he believes such a resolution is “something everyone should consider.”  Tlaib has stated she can’t accept the fact Israel was not responsible for the rocket misfire by the Palestinian Islamic Jihadists.  So far, the silence from most Democrats, both locally and nationally, has been deafening about condemning those antisemites inside their own party.

That may also explain the results of the new Gallop poll which shows the American people have little or no trust in the national media.  Only 7% of Americans say they have “a great deal” of trust in the media reporting.  27% say they have a “fair amount” of trust in the media while 38% say they have none at all.  The results are only two points higher than the all-time record low of 2016.  Still, this is the first time since Gallop has been polling on the question of trust in the media that the percentage of Americans with no trust in the media is greater than the percentage of those who have a great deal or fair amount of trust in news reporting.

According to the poll, 70% of Democrats say they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the national media, while only 14% of Republicans and 27% of Independents feel likewise.  For the third consecutive year in the annual poll, a majority of Republicans say they have no trust in the media at all.

Much of the legacy media rushed to report the Gaza hospital story without bothering to check the facts, instead reporting exactly what the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health reported.  It is merely one of countless examples of the national media’s rush to be the first to air a report, as well as follow a particular narrative.


Congratulations, Judge Cerny

Congratulations to Judge Chuck Cerny, who has been named the recipient of the Leon Ruben Award for Excellence.  Cerny, who has served for more than 25 years as a judge of the Knox County Sessions Court, is known for his compassion and adherence to the law.  Cerny is nothing less than a community treasure and is a wonderful public servant.

Rose Unhappy With FBI

Congressman John Rose of Cookeville is hot under the collar and rightly so.  Rose is put out with the FBI.  The congressman wrote the agency about the mass shooting at the Covenant School in Nashville, as he represents some of the families involved.  Rose inquired about details pertaining to the FBI’s role in the subsequent investigation.  Rose only got the barest courtesy of a reply, five months later.  That letter also stated the FBI was deferring to the Metro Nashville Police Department.  Whoever wrote the letter must have been learning to write during the five months it took to reply.  Rose, as might be expected, just ain’t happy.  It’s worth quoting Congressman Rose’s statement on the subject:

“Such a response is insulting to my constituents and completely unhelpful to anyone personally connected with the shooting tragedy and in need of answers,” Rose said in a statement. “As a Member of Congress, it is my duty to ask our taxpayer-funded federal authorities like the FBI tough questions on behalf of the people of Tennessee whom I represent. But it is also their duty to make a good faith effort to adequately respond to such queries, and in this case, the FBI failed miserably.”