WHIO-TV's excuse for quoting rapist-for-gun-control fizzles as Sheriff Plummer reveals he is NOT a Adam Project board member
by Chad D. Baus
Last week, we broke the news on the fact that Dayton anti-gun protestor Jerome McCorry (AKA Jerome Jordan), who had staged a small protest outside Bill Goodman's Gun & Knife Show and received generous media attention, is also a convicted rapist. We noted that Anti-Gun-Protestor Jerome McCorry is seen on WHIO wearing a jacket and identified in the on-screen graphic as the President of The Adam Project. The Adam Project's website lists its address as 1426 Home Ave., Dayton - the same address as Rapist-and-Convicted-Felon Jerome McCorry.
We also pointed out that, despite this fact, media outlets like WHIO-TV (CBS Dayton), the Dayton Daily News and WKEF (ABC Dayton) not only failed to report the fact that McCorry is a sex offender in their coverage of the protest, but that they have repeatedly failed to do so in past coverage about McCorry.
The article quickly went viral, receiving approximately 40,000 reads in the first 48 hours, and continues to receive strong traffic.
Many have been asking Dayton media outlets why they have given legitimacy to this rapist's calls for potential crime victims to be disarmed. While neither WKEF nor the Dayton Daily News have responded, Dayton blogger "Domestic Debacle" did receive a response from WHIO, in which they admitted that they were aware of McCorry's status as a sex offender, yet failed to report it.
According to WHIO, they didn't report on McCorry's "controversial" status as a convicted rapist because, these days, his message is one of "community harmony through peace and non-violence." WHIO also noted that the sex offender "has the endorsement of respected law enforcement leaders."
A reader of the Dayton blog "Domestic Debacle," and self-described poster on Buckeye Firearms Association's forums, decided to try and find out what "respected law enforcement leaders'" "endorsement" WHIO was hiding behind. He took a look at The Adam Project's Facebook page, and noted that both Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer and his Chief Deputy, Scot Landis are listed as board members.
We, of course, reported on the listing, asking why these men would be serving on the board of an anti-gun organization that is headed by a convicted rapist. Several hours later, we had our answer - THEY AREN'T.
Sheriff Plummer called to let us know that he resigned from the board of the Adam Project three years ago. He was unaware that he was (and is) still listed as a board member on the Adam Project Facebook page. He assured Buckeye Firearms Association that he in no way supports The Adam Project and convicted rapist Jerome McCorry's anti-gun agenda.
So now the questions for WHIO-TV, the Dayton Daily News and WKEF become even more pressing.
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the Sex Offender Registry
Since WHIO says they based their decision to help establish convicted rapist Jerome McCorry's credibility in interviews on their belief that he "has the endorsement of respected law enforcement leaders," did they bother to check to see if the information posted on The Adam Project page was truthful, or up to date? Isn't that the type of thing news organizations like WHIO, WKEF and the Dayton Daily News should be doing before they make a special effort to drive out and cover an anti-gun protest being staged by a registered sex offender?
Now that it has been revealed that McCorry does NOT have "the endorsement of respected law enforcement leader" Sheriff Plummer, are they going to inform viewers and readers of this fact? Will they investigate the potentially fraudulent claim about Plummer's support still being made on The Adam Project Facebook page?
Or will they dutifully show up at the next "hoodie rally" or anti-gun protest and continue to give Jerome McCorry a platform to spout factually incorrect statements and espouse his belief that potential victims of crime should not be allowed to purchase firearms, or to defend themselves from criminals?
Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Vice Chairman.