It’s official: Vester Flanagan/Bryce Williams wasn’t just nuts — he was incompetent, too:
Vester Flanagan’s appalling track record as a reporter brought to light in court papers relating to his bid to sue WDBJ for wrongful termination
•Flanagan scored 1 out of 5 in series of categories in performance review and was told his reports were confusing and ‘lean on facts’
•One document called him ‘the human tape recorder’ for never challenging press releases or interviewees
•Flanagan told the judge he wanted a jury made up solely of African American women, and FBI and Department of Justice investigations
•Case was dismissed after CBS affiliate in Moneta, VA, issued detailed rebuttal
•Also revealed: Flanagan threw cat feces at neighbors, had a large sex toy trove, drove like a maniac and covered his fridge with photos of himself
The real question is, What did white people do to make him this way?
Here’s a clue about exactly which comments made by Alison Parker that Flanagan perceived at racist:
“One was something about ‘swinging’ by some place; the other was out in the ‘field,’ ” said the Jan. 21 report by assistant news director Greg Baldwin, which refers to Parker as Alison Bailey (her middle name).
Parker was never disciplined over the remarks, but Flanagan never forgot them.
Hours after gunning her and Adam Ward down during their broadcast Wednesday, Flanagan revealed in tweets that the comments were still fresh in his mind.
“Alison made racist comments,” Flanagan posted while he was on the run from cops.
“They hired her after that??” he wrote.
But colleagues said that it was all in Flanagan’s head and that Parker was as far from racist as they come.
I think it’s fair to conclude that our current culture of Everything Is Racist helped at least in some small way to turn Flanagan into a murderer.