NOTE: WHMI published a correction to the story shown below. This correction is much appreciated. The correction can be viewed at https://www.whmi.com/news/article/county-commissioners-to-reconsider-emergency-declaration
Below is a letter I sent to Jon King of WHMI Radio. It is disappointing to see the local radio station publishing Fake News.
March 27, 2021
Mr. Jon King
1277 Parkway Drive
Howell, MI 48843
Dear Mr. King,
I am writing to correct the record with respect to WHMI’s article titled “County Commissioners To Reconsider State Of Emergency Declaration,” published on March 26, 2021. This article was authored by you and another WHMI associate, Mr. Mike Kruzman.
Quoting from the article, “WHMI has reached out to Board of Commissioners Chairman Wes Nakagiri asking what has prompted this, but Nakagiri has not yet responded.” The assertion that I have not yet responded is untrue.
I received an inquiry from Mr. Kruzman on March 25, 2021 at 5:58 pm. Mr. Kruzman’s email stated, “Hi Wes, We saw the special meeting to reconsider the resolution on the state of emergency. Any chance you can enlighten us as to what prompted this?”
On March 25, 2021 at 6:08 pm, exactly 10 minutes later, I called Mr. Kruzman to answer any and all of his questions. I spoke with a WHMI associate who unsuccessfully attempted to locate Mr. Kruzman. I provided the associate with my name and title and informed her that I was calling to address the question raised in Mr. Kruzman’s email. She informed me that she would relay the message to Mr. Kruzman. She confirmed that she had my correct phone number before our conversation ended.
Screen shots (shown below) of Mr. Kruzman’s email and my cell phone call log confirm that the dates and times listed above are accurate.
I was somewhat surprised when I didn’t receive a call back from Mr. Kruzman. But I concluded that he must have found the information he was looking for.
That WHMI decided run with this story before getting both sides is troubling. Had Mr. Kruzman returned my call, this story could have included first-hand information from someone in a position to know what happened. While this story contained a few facts, it appears that it was intended to be more of an opinion piece, providing the Livingston County Left with a platform to speculate and espouse their views, views which have been routinely rejected by a super-majority of county voters.
I’d be happy to speak with you or Mr. Kruzman if you think your audience is interested in the entire story. You are welcome to call my cell phone regarding this story, or any story in the future.
Chairman, Livingston County Board of Commissioners