Bob Norman Headed to WPLG-Local 10

This is a tough one to write, so I may as well get to the point.

I've accepted a job at WPLG-TV (Channel 10) and will be starting there in a couple of weeks. The offer was pretty simple: Local 10 asked me if I wanted to bring my brand of journalism to the airwaves, and I accepted the challenge. 

The truth is that if five years ago somebody would have told me this was going to happen, I wouldn't have believed them. I had no desire to go to TV; I've always been a true-blue print guy. But the more work I've done on-screen -- from Frontline to the documentary Outrage to This Week in South Florida (with WPLG's own Michael Putney) to True Crime With Aphrodite Jones --  the more I liked it. There's an immediacy and excitement in it that's easy to love.

That it was WPLG only made the decision easier. It's a Post-Newsweek station with a longstanding dedication to high-quality political and government reporting. I've got a lot to learn, but I also bring something to the table, so it has the makings of a great match.

Don't worry; things won't change much in terms of my journalism. I'll still be breaking stories about government and public officials, exposing scoundrels, and trying to get to the bottom of what's really happening with our tax dollars. I'll have a blog on the Local 10 website too. 

As much excitement as there is in starting a new chapter, there's a lot of pain about leaving New Times too. Thirteen years ago, this newspaper (specifically its owner and founder, Michael Lacey) gave me a journalistic home like no other, one with wonderfully talented colleagues and unparalleled freedom. The newspaper basically said: We believe in you -- now go out and break stories. And what stories! I've had the opportunity to expose rampant mismanagement at the immigration service in the wake of September 11, conduct investigations of local politicians that have led to several indictments, shake up the courthouse, call out a derelict and bankrupt school board, and introduce you to the disaster that was Scott Rothstein. 

But the real beauty of this blog is you, especially those of you who make yourselves known in the comments. I can't start listing you, because I would leave somebody out, but this is a joint effort, an interactive affair. I'm certain that as many people read this thing to see what you're saying as they do to read what I've written.

OK, now this is starting to sound like a farewell post. It's not. I'll be here until May 11, churning out blog posts and easing the transition before I start the new gig. The bottom line is that the Pulp will live on here and New Times, and I'm going to continue to dig up the truth in this town.

In other words, the beat goes on.

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Howard
Howard

As an activist in Hollywood I have had the great pleasure of working with Bob on a few stories. He aggrivated me to no end writing complicated stories far too quickly to suite me but  somehow to my continued amazement always seemed to get it right.  Bob will undoubtedly will continue to get it right.  Very best - no needed to say luck - you make your own!  

PlayItAgainSam
PlayItAgainSam

While not being first @ posting on your Blog, Mr. Norman, allow me the pleasure of extending best wishes for your move from print media news to television news.

With your leap into television news, it's my hope Ch10 and it's network producers and directors will provide you with, and, allow you the latitude of reporting, you have become known for.

Have at 'em! Let us all know when we can begin blogging w/you on CH10. All the best to you.

Wordsmithy
Wordsmithy

If you think ANY corporate-owned TV outlet in this country will permit ANYone to practice real journalism and gore real oxen and real sacred cows, then pal you are delusional. I'll give this venture six months at the most. New Times, don't give his cubicle to anyone. He'll be back.

Totally Blonde
Totally Blonde

Bob I wish you the very best! Please don't stray far from exposing the corrupt in this town. I really hope WPLG will let you report with your heart and head and keep the beat going on this cesspool of corrupt government we have in Broward. You have made an enormous difference and I hope you will continue to do so. What would we do without you and who would sound the siren on all this if you are gone? Will you be reporting mostly about Miami since they're based in Miami? Will they let you continue your Broward connection?

Jimbob
Jimbob

congrats, nice to see you take your talents somewhere other than this pitiful place. I hope you do well, we need more like you.

Dave E
Dave E

GET BOEING TO THE SPACE COAST PRONTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

R. D. M.
R. D. M.

just keep busting the bad guys, you're the only real Sheriff we have.

Joe
Joe

You sold out for money Bob. Your no different then the officials you hate so much that you twist the story to fit your needs. At least your new blog won't be filled with racists and anti Semites. A real news station won't tolerate that.

Guest
Guest

Some one posted a great obit on Menachem Mendel III a few months back. I suspect it was MM3 himself. Christy you're really good at finding things like that.

unowho
unowho

I cant remember old Herbie ever really getting upset at anyone never cursing a true gentleman and funny as hell sometimes.I wonder why people like MM3 Herb and a few others leave a mystery to why they just stopped posting one day no explanation no goodbyes just "poof"......Funny you dont see Geico Stack of Money anymore ....hmmm???

Guest
Guest

“Why be afraid of what people will say? Those who care about you will say, "Good luck!" and those who care only about themselves will never say anything worth listening to anyway.”Good Luck Bob....I hope your ew position comes with a nice pay raise.Who'll be there at Duffy's around 4pm?

skydove
skydove

Great move, and best of luck! What you may cede in autonomy in some matters is bound to be outweighed by the benefits TK from the enlightenment of a wider audience.

First time long time
First time long time

Good luck and Godspeed Pulp! Know that you've awakened many sleeping giants with your tireless efforts to revitalize investigative reporting. We'll be listening and cheering you on wherever you may go...

southflorida
southflorida

Can't wait to see you with Laurie, Calvin and the rest of the Local 10 team.

anonymous
anonymous

New Times and Bob Norman have changed media in this town. Go do the same to TV, Pulp. Go show 'em how it's done.

anonymous
anonymous

Bob, don't go. DON'T GO. PLEASE. WE NEED YOUUUUUUUU! What'll we do without our Pulp FIX every morning? Could you just run maybe one blog a week, throwing all the crooks into a weekly can, 5-6-7 of them each week and we'll have that to live off of. PLEASEEEEE??!!

anonymous
anonymous

There's so much work to finish, I just wish you didn't have to change right now Bob. Too many people are pleased about this (and they aren't us, who are really wishing you well). Spend your first week getting to know those station attorneys who will run your stories through a wringer washer to make sure they don't offend potential advertisers. I'm wondering if the maverick in you will deal well in that culture? You're not going to make celeb appearances on The View, are you?

Christy
Christy

Support Mike Kirsch 2007

The angry Broward County police union organization had for months mounted an ongoing harassment campaign against Kirsch, including the posting of a “Be On the Lookout” poster with his picture and address, and distribution of flyers with his personal information to other police departments. On February 14th, 2007 police stopped Kirsch’s car in a traffic stop set-up down the street from his home. They threatened and arrested him, cuffed and cursed and

slapped him in front of his 3-year old daughter and his wife.

http://blogs.browardpalmbeach....

Christy
Christy

Pulp,

Remember 4 years ago when you did the story on the arrest of Jeff Weinsier (Chanel 10 Investigative reporter), did you ever think you'd be working along side him? You were in his corner back then, rooting for him.

http://blogs.browardpalmbeach....

I hope you have many who are watching your back as you make this transition. Truth is there are MANY people in Broward County who would like to see you "gone". Broward is political (I don't want to be Pessimistic, just safe).

From a Comment reader 3 years ago on your above story.

Asa Boynton 3 years ago"Bob, I am mighty sorry that Jeff Weinsier carried a gun onto school property (even with a permit). The Miami police were looking for an excuse to get him (as you reported last week).Violence in the schools is a serious problem that Jeff was trying to get at. The Dade and Broward schools do not want that exposed.The previous day Jeff was at Colbert Elementary in S. Hwd, when the real problem is a just few blocks south at McNicol Middle. Hollywood police are called there frequently for violent situations.This reminds me of the repeated attempts to discredit Mike Kirsch from Channel 4. Reporters who tell the truth are made into targets. All information should be sent to www.policeabuse.org. The Police Complaint Center certainly knows what happened to Mike!"

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

From the crypt:

Top Ten Herb Caen Entertainment Award Deep Doot Doot Posts of 2010

10.

herb caen entertainment award says: a man knocked on my door last week. I guess he looked up my IP.He said,"It's all Jewish bank accounts that are being robbed".My reply, "Its all Americans that are being robbed".Posted On: Tuesday, Jan. 5 2010 @ 11:32AM

9.

herb caen entertainment award says: How do I get into Uranus?How much does it cost to get into Uranus?Can my friends come too?It's so crowded in Uranus I can't see how to get out.With this piece of paper I picked up inside Uranus can we come back for after hrs?Uranus is white outside and black inside.There was an emergency and everyone was pushing to get out of Uranus.sorry I just had to doo that.Posted On: Saturday, Jan. 2 2010 @ 9:12PM

8.herb caen entertainment award says: They should make a floating hamburger stand out of the houseboat and let it go up and down the icw. Better yet an ice cream soda fountain boat with the employees dressed as clowns.Posted On: Wednesday, Feb. 10 2010 @ 9:49AM

7.

herb caen entertainment award says: Who is the guy to the right of SR?The duct tape used in the Caylee Anthony case is made by Henkel. The distributors are in Ohio and North Carolina. Mr Anthony used to be a cop in Ohio. The same duct tape was used on the posters looking for Caylee. Caylee may have just been adopted and not dead. Just a guess.Posted On: Wednesday, Feb. 17 2010 @ 9:42AM

6.

herb caen entertainment award says: SR had an office in CA. maybe he was trying to look like Google employees. Google employees come to work when they want, bring their pets and wear whatever they want even flip flops probably.They wore flip flops to high school here.That's this generation, the tatoo flip flop lawyers.Posted On: Wednesday, Jan. 20 2010 @ 3:46PM

5.

herb caen entertainment award says: You guys are roughing it. All the way into the 70's you could get opiates over the counter in certain medications.You didn't need to go to the Dr and pay for a visit and get a diagnosis.You just needed a stomachache and a ride to Rexall.Gourmet magazine when it began had all Liquor ads. Then as it grew its advertisers changed. Gourmet went out of business this yr. I think it began in the 50's.New Times has its great new look. Speaking of drugs. I had a friend that made a documentary on meth labs and addicts in rural America. She said people would sell their urine in bread because there was meth in it. They would sell their scabs for the same reason. The meth moonshine version is so toxic they get these scabs and itch all the time. The city meth we have here is different. How low can you go? The police have stopped busting them because it cost $12,000.00 each arrest and to process them. The only places that are helping to rehap them are the churchs.Moral here: Go to the Dr and get a script.Posted On: Thursday, Jan. 21 2010 @ 11:42PM

4.

herb caen entertainment award says: @ anon 9:01amDo you start every day thinking hostile thoughts?You should have your oxytocin levels checked. This is a true test of a real bastard with criminal intent.I look for every angle there could be.You call this making shit up in your head.If you are a lawyer our country is doomed.Digging deeper, Mr Goodman is from Texas and his family business was Air Conditioning.A former president passed a law on Fluro carbon emissions which caused the air conditioning industry a huge expense to change.I found all of this on the internet.Posted On: Sunday, Feb. 14 2010 @ 9:21AM

3.

herb caen entertainment award says: @ geico stack of moneyYou must be coming to the old folks home then. I'm a hall taxi. I help this old senile guy that used to be in the secret police. The old guys name is herb too. He wears either a secret police blue hat or a FSU red hat and shades. I had to pull two old ladies off him last week. When his wife left the women ganged up on him and started kicking him. I had to yank his chair away to get him to safety. The old herb never talks or bothers anyone so I couldn't figure out why the ladies ganged up on him. Posted On: Wednesday, Feb. 17 2010 @ 5:48PM

2.

herb caen entertainment award says: @geico stack of moneyRemember they all bothered him. He did not bother anyone. They put people in his office, they messed with the Florida Medical Board, etrade, wachovia, janney montgomery, Schecter, patulo, denny, feldman, omeara, they are still at it. Oh yeah and the trash picker sent trash to Nancy Grace, Watts, Guidetti, Beery, should I keep going? Jones, Carlson, University Hosp, jackson Hosp, Holy Cross Hosp, Imperial Point hosp, Friedman, Shall I keep going? They all messed with him. Grayson, Nash, Stewart, Levine more? What happened 56 yrs ago Mr stack of money? Poisoned at Shooters, Injected and left to die in a parking lot in Adventura, Cancer diagnosis, Should I keep going Mr stack of money? False report to the Secret Service from Hotel Monaco, Hilton Hotel, Hilton Head,SC bought off room manager Marlene Macaluso, made sure the cops were called at every hotel, changed the spelling of his name, the forum newspaper office, Irene Brotman, Mrs Goldtein in Tamarac, Mrs Zuckerman in Levitt Weinstein, doubled all his checks, doubled all his contracts, got the nursing home to make the accounting look like he was irresponsible on payments,keep telling everyone to be mean to him, falses Dr reports, false police reports, false calls to the police, should I keep going? I haven't gotten to the politicians yet. Meds? Your gonna need meds after the perp walk. Sending crazy people in technique, nursing home Herb, secret police putting FSU hat on Herb and stealing Herbs hat that said Herb.lol Flattening his tires, keeping his gps activated, Isabel Cruz. more? City workers putting chemicals in his water during work hrs. more? Sending fake phone calls to his phone and sending strippers, people that work in strip clubs or cruise line people to his home. It has all been watched from the very beginning. I think you will definitely need meds shortly. You see his family had to have him claimed mentally incompetant to take over his estate from the trustee. Just like Ronald Novack. SR and KR were only character actors in the technique. They had to make sure his whole life he could become no one.Oh yeah and then there's Gibralter bank.Ben Novack, Ronald Novack and this guy all matriculated through the Fountainbleau Hotel in the 50's and 60's. hmmmmPosted On: Friday, Feb. 19 2010 @ 10:09AM

1.

Pulp is doing a great job investigating and reporting.Posted On: Saturday, Jan. 30 2010 @ 5:41PM

R. D. M.
R. D. M.

I now will also start watching channel 10 news.

Hammerhead
Hammerhead

Hey Joe...uh go sell your bullshit somewhere else. Bob's integrity and work ethic earned him a higher paying gig to a larger audience. That is not selling out for money, that is making the most of an opportunity to grow the Pulp Nation. That means education and activism on a larger scale. Also, since I won't be able to make it clear on the WPLG blog, I have to take the opportunity now to tell you to "Go Fuck Yourself"!!! Sorry guys, but Joe asked for that one.

Christy
Christy

Joe,

Take a minute and look into Michael Putney's bio before you eyeball Pulps wallet.

"Michael's superior reporting skills have won him two Emmys. The State Supreme Court also appointed him to the Florida's Judicial Management Council.

http://www.local10.com/station...

Guest
Guest

“Why be afraid of what people will say? Those who care about you will say, "Good luck!" and those who care only about themselves will never say anything worth listening to anyway.”

skydove
skydove

Not MM III, vintage larryboy. But thanks for eliciting the reprint.

Christy
Christy

Mendel, who died Saturday Nov. 13 from complications related to an enlarged prostate and personal hygiene issues, wrote passionately about the excesses of Ponziists, focusing on moral and philosophical themes. He was 61.

Peppering his often crudely worded and slang-filled essays with colorful Yiddishisms, Mendel sought to reintroduce the Eastern European Slavic-Ashkenazi ghetto language to the masses, though frequently fending off accusations of bastardizing the lexicon himself.

Widely known as �The Bard of the Blog,� Mendel often fantasized about leaving his Tamarac cottage one day to collect on a bet and feast on Texas-style brisket, honey cake, and Manischewitz Concord Grape wine with blog soul mate and Jew aspirant, �larryboy�.

Mendel was the son of a German-Jewish mother and an African-American father she met while working in a French brothel during World War II.

Mendel is survived by two older half brothers, Menachem Mendel I and Menachem Mendel II, sons of his father from previous marriages.

While frequently extolling the virtues of attractive, blond, gentile women, Mendel curiously left behind one of the largest known collections of original photographs by famed homosexual photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, limited in subject to thick, hard uncircumcised peni and smooth shaved scroti.

Mr. Mendel was often seen hitchhiking at the Hollywood Blvd. on-ramp to I-95, wearing full Hasidic regalia and reeking of body odor, giving many the false impression that he was destitute. At his request, Mr. Mendel will be buried in his metallic orange-colored Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4, the fastest street-legal car in the world with a top speed of 267.85 mph and a $1.8 million price tag.

Funeral services for Mr. Mendel will be held on Tuesday, November 30 at Downtown Jewish Center Chabad, Fort Lauderdale, with Rabbi Schneur Kaplan presiding.

Remaining funds of $85 in the Scott W. Rothstein Endowment account will be used to procure a spread of fine pickles and a variety of kosher deli meats for those wishing to attend the reception following the funeral services. At the conclusion of the reception, guests will move the Chabad�s memorial garden, where a 21-Cohiba salute in honor of Mr. Mendel will take place.Flag Like

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Christy
Christy

My Favorite Herb Post:

herb caen entertainment award 1 year ago@GF3 5:17am

I wouldn't believe one thing the SS says. They have their own agenda.

My friend when he was being harrassed daily by a group of people connected to Steinger and RRA, the SS participated in the harrassment of him.

The SS changed his name on a bill for an ad he had charged on his charge card and said he owned money. A fake bill.

It was the same name the group that had changed his name at every hotel he stayed at on his way to DC to the Justice Dept. He insisted in each hotel that they spell his name that was on his charge card and they ignored him and spelled it another way.That was the same name on the SS fake bill they sent him.

Then a Mr Lopardo went to look at his property to rent to his male friend that he said worked at a strip club. The guy said he planted hibiscus to attract Iguanas. The next day the SS ran a story on killing iguanas.

Then the guy wrote the mayor that he lived by the holy spirit and the paper the next day ran a story about evil spirit.

Any newspaper that would change the Holy Spirit into an Evil Spirit should be put out of business.

The harrassment was coming out of the Forum office in Boca. They tried to blame it on Irene Brotman. When the guy called the office they would never put him through to her.

He's on his 5th Realtor. They are forcing him into foreclosure and have fudged with Bank of America and his mortgage.

They are still at it.

He said it is a group of gay men and women doing it to him and his German neighbors across the street from him. One of them used to work for the city.

They kept putting pizza and beer cans in his recycle bin and followed him to DC putting Pizza and beer cans in front of his hotel room.

They keep trying to frame him for drugs when it is them that are running the girls and the drugs.

He said they fanned out across 3 counties to ruin him professionally starting at Griffins Loft a new age store in Davie. They have fudged with everything in his life at every level all at once and have him isolated and broke.They fudged with his bank and took his money away. Beat up and abused his mom and blamed it on him. Just like with Bernice Novack and Ben. Look what happened to them.This is just one person they harrassed since 2005 when SR appeared. The fall guy.

My question is are those banks and companies, mortgage and Realtors libel because of those employees? Is the city, county and State libel because of the elected officials that helped them?

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

Excellent points that you're making, Christy. Pulp Nation will have to remain vigilant as our Bob does his thing for WPLG. We have the numbers to make a difference if any politician, group of politicians, elected official(s), BSO, or any other police agency tries to do to Bob what they've done to others. Pulp Nation exists and will continue to exist, supporting those who fight crime and/or evil in Broward County. Bob...WE HAVE YOUR BACK!!!

I hope to meet many members of the Nation at 4:00 PM.

B_tan
B_tan

Great job MC. Thanks for pulling these together.

Guest
Guest

How very funny when you put it all together like that. I wonder if he was for real?

Guest
Guest

You might be right about that. It was very well written and good to read again.I wonder if MM3 ever made it to Texas to meet larryboy?

Anonymous
Anonymous

This photographer's technical skill & image-crafting precision is legendary. MM may have thought (correctly) that these images would be a wonderful investment opportunity. If these images are auctioned off, MM I and MM II will probably benefit greatly from a very large inheritance.

IrvingFeiner
IrvingFeiner

That dumbfuck larryboy dont have this kind of wit, skydove.

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

When you copied, you left out the first sentence of the "obit":

Linguistics expert and prolific blog commenter, Menachem Mendel III, has died in Tamarac.

unowho
unowho

Damn your fast Christy thanks....If that was MM3 (i dont think so) I guess thats his goodbye in a humourous way.......Hey dont I get a" Liked" I have not mentioned the Guv not once this past week!!! LOL

Guest
Guest

Thanks Christy...That was great..I'll miss posts like that.

unowho
unowho

You never knew what old Herbie would come up with , but if you ever tried to figure him out (who what where when why) .......???

Christy
Christy

Ironic Patty that after 13 years Channel 10 wants our Pulp just as the train pulls into Broward and we see mug shot after mug shot.

Guest
Guest

I'll be there...I hope lots of others too.

skydove
skydove

So much for my lit crit skills, then. You take a bow, MC.

Christy
Christy

That was done on purpose to find the author.

Guest
Guest

Were you the author of that great piece?

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

I was going to "like" that comment but you mentioned the Guv.

Christy
Christy

Maybe Pulp will need a research assistant over at Channel 10. I'm Available.

Lady Justice
Lady Justice

Good luck Bob, will catch you on Local 10;Should be writing about : Bankruptcy Judge Olson, and Michael Bakst,Esq., and G.Steven Fender,Esq.case # 11-009808 broward county, which just landed in front of Judge Weinstein.What a scandal . Judge {Olson} fails to disclose to the debters that he is dating/engaged/then marrying the partner {Mr. Steven Fender, Esq.} of Mr. Michael Bakst, Esq. from Ruden McCloskey,Claims of Conspiracy to Obstruct the Due Operation of Law and Deprive right to Fair Trial Fraudulent Corruption of the Judicial Process

Dr_augusta
Dr_augusta

You will have to separate the urban legend from the real man, the myth from the magic..that was herb......

Dr_augusta
Dr_augusta

In years to come, there will be stories written about him.....it will be up to you Model Citizen to separate the fact from the fiction, and make sure the legacy is intact for your children...and your chldren's children...

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