Head stock contractor, Ike Sankey, is caught shocking a horse in the face in violation of Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's "humane rules" at the 2007 Pendleton Round-Up Rodeo. Every newspaper that gladly gave print space promoting the rodeo, subsequently refused to cover the story the PRCA's prized stock contractor caught red-handed abusing horses and violating rules.
The purpose of MediaVillains.com is to publicly out so-called journalists and media sources that are nothing but mouthpieces for the propaganda of animal abusers.
Throwing aside their own integrity in exchange for a cozy relationship with the likes of the corrupt rodeo industry, these reporters betray their profession and the public trust. While the average citizen will likely believe the falsehoods propagated by these hacks and brown-nosers, SHARK has documented the truth time and time again in our investigations. You can see much more video and photos from our work at TheCruelTruth.com and RodeoCruelty.com.
To see what real journalism is about, go to ReportersWhoCare.com.
Corrupt Media Turns Eyes from National Finals Rodeo Scandal
Imagine that you are at a game in the World Series, and you witness an official of Major League Baseball, say the Vice Chairman of the Board, secretly injecting some players with a fast-acting, very illegal stimulant. Imagine that as you watched this unimaginable thing transpire, it became obvious that the umpires were in on it.
What would be even harder to imagine is that if it were documented, that the media, including sports writers and even sports media like ESPN and Sports Illustrated, would be unwilling to cover it.
While this scenario did not happen in the world of legitimate sports, it did in fact happen in December 2007, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s National Finals Rodeo (NFR).
SHARK video recorders caught the number two person in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association -- the Vice Chairman of the Board, Charles Soileau -- shocking some, but not all horses with a very small shock device hidden in the palm of his hand. That means tainted competition as well as animal abuse.
So why won't rodeo reporters and columnists report the scandal? This is a story of cruelty, corruption and cowardice. SHARK is naming names, and watching the scoundrels run for cover.
Click here to read the full story: Rodeo Reporters--Judas Journalists
Below are some the of rodeo writers that pretend to be journalists, but refused to cover "Rodeo's Superbowl Scandal" after having irrefutable evidence given to them:
- Ed Knocke, Dallas Morning News
- Brett Hoffman, rodeo columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
- Jeff Wolf, Las Vegas Review Journal
- Jay Drew, The Salt Lake Tribune
- Joe Drape, The New York Times
- Nick Groke, The Denver Post
- Ron Kantowski, Las Vegas Sun
- Jimmy Trodglen, The Leaf-Chronicle
- Vince Golle, Bloomberg.com
- Nancy Jaffer, EquiWire News, Practical Horseman, New Jersey Ledger
- Joe Kusek, The Billings Gazette
- Matt Bunke, The Daily Republic
- American Quarter Horse Association
- Stevie Ipsen, Red Bluff Daily News
- Jeanne Leblanc, Hartford Courant
- Jim Cnockaert, MT Daily Chronicle
- ESPN and Sports Illustrated
- Gary Mihoces, USA Today
USA Today Sells Out to the Animal Abusers...Again
Given all the animal abuse and score tampering that occurred at the 2007 NFR in Las Vegas you would think any news article written about the NFR would certainly cover this issue right? When Gary Mihoces at USA Today writes about the NFR he certainly must mention this...of course not, he writes
a fluff piece, just like the fluff piece that USA Today does every year for the
animal abusers at the NFR. A real reporter and a true journalistic publication would at least look at the other side of the issue and not just tack on a sentence at the end of the article from PETA's website. This is reporting?
The Horse Magazine, the online site TheHorse.com, and Editor Kimberly Brown
In March 2007 the magazine, The Horse published as its cover story an article by editor Kimberly Brown glorifying the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's animal welfare "standards." It stands as one of the saddest excuses for journalism ever printed. And worse is Ms. Brown's and The Horse's refusal to acknowledge the facts by way of correction, even after receiving a detailed rebuttal from SHARK.
By deferring her journalistic obligations and simply regurgitating propaganda from a shameless apologist for rodeo animal abuse, Ms. Brown betrays her publication’s charter to: “...serve you and your horses by providing the most
accurate and timely equine health care information.” Read the truth behind The Horse's fantasy here.
CBS NEWS – Serving the Rodeo Mafia--Truth in journalism be damned!
In early 2001, SHARK became aware that the CBS News program, 48 Hours was working on a rodeo story. Pro Rodeo Sport News, the propaganda publication of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), boasted that a 48 Hours crew of 20 had covered PRCA rodeos starting in early November 2000 in San Francisco, and continuing at least into early December. That’s a lot of time to spend with the Rodeo Mafia; more than enough time to get a story right.
MSNBC Editor-in-Chief Jerry Nachman
Jerry Nachman says he became "addicted" to rodeos when he lived in California and New Mexico. This is the United States of America, and we will be the first to acknowledge that if Jerry Nachman was to kiss the feet of animal abusers, he may do so. But a journalist has a duty to report in an unbiased manner, his "addiction" not withstanding. Nachman utterly failed that crucial test. Jerry, we've known real journalists, and you are no journalist.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal and "Journalist" Jeff Wolfe
Rodeo Wary of Wrongs in Name of Animal Rights
MediaVillains.com is devoted to exposing journalist impersonators, so it is only fitting that so-called reporter Jeff Wolf and the Las Vegas Review-Journal be prominently displayed on this site. Both Wolf and his paper are in the hip pocket of the rodeo mafia, and that is proven every time Wolf sits down at his word processor. We could fill this site up with Wolf's brown-nosing of the rodeo mafia, but this article alone shows him and his paper up for what they are.
Parade Magazine's Animal Abuse Promo
Ms. Winik, quoted what she called a "recent survey" conducted by Sports Business Daily, indicating that rodeo was the next breakout sport. With just one E-mail to Sports Business Daily, I discovered that Ms. Winik's report was completely and hopelessly flawed, and lacked even the slightest amount of investigation or journalistic integrity.
KPTT Radio (Reno, Nevada ESPN Affiliate)
Rodeo fans claim rodeos are part of the sports world. Reno, Nevada radio station KPTT (an ESPN affiliate) is a sports talk station. Sports talk shows thrive on debate and controversy. But read what happened when a popular KPTT radio talk show host tried to open a debate on rodeos. KPTT is willing to ignore documented animal abuse and trash journalistic ethics and the 1st Amendment to brownnose the Rodeo Mafia!