Welp! One Onslow County magistrate had a little too much fun tonight at “Jazz In The City” when he attempted to use his Power Ranger powers to keep independent journalists from covering the event.
Onslow County Magistrate, Jacob Evans, who is also an, alleged, dirty old drunk and not worthy to take a dog to the dog pound let alone be in a high profile position such as magistrate, attempted to stop News In Onslow’s Gerald Jackson and The Onslow Beat’s Melissa Oakley, from covering the successful event Saturday night.
Evans, who is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. insisted that both organizations mentioned above were not “recognized” as news organizations and that Jackson and Oakley were not real journalists. Interrupting Evans, Jackson and Oakley provided their media credentials which he outright denied to verify. Apparently, he expected them to have more “evidence” than themselves and their press credentials in order to prove that they are indeed real journalists.
Earlier Saturday, News in Onslow’s Gerald Jackson spoke with Wilbert Cain who was listed as a contact for the “Jazz In The City” event. During the conversation, Jackson expressed News In Onslow’s interest in covering the event and he assured that they would be welcome. Mr. Cain also agreed to allow Jackson to invite another independent news organization, The Onslow Beat, to cover the event. When Jackson and Oakley arrived at the Hilton in Jacksonville where the event was held, they were greeted with a much different story by a man whose only job was to sit and bark if he saw something. And boy did he see something tonight!
Evans, with a much too loud voice for a public venue, continued to deny the journalists access to the event. Cain then told Evans, that he had spoken to Mr. Jackson earlier and informed him that he and his colleague were to be allowed entrance into the event. 15 minutes later, Oakley and Jackson were told that the “other guys” didn’t feel safe with us being at the event and they were then asked to leave. Since both independent news organizations are professional and did not want to cause a scene, unlike Mr. Loud and Drunk Evans, they agreed to leave the event but were stopped at the door yet again. Evans continued to clamor on that they were not “recognized” but that it was ultimately up to Cain if he wanted to allow them in or not.
Evans later mentioned that he has never seen Ms. Oakley at the courthouse and that Mr. Jackson was not allowed in Onslow County’s Courthouses.
How do you know so much about where someone is allowed or not or if they have been somewhere or not when all you do is sit behind a glass all day failing people?
Later in the conversation, Jackson and Oakley were verified to be “recognized” people and were allowed in the event but chose to leave for their safety.
Gerald Jackson captured part of the incident which will be posted to go along with this article.
The question that News in Onslow, as well as The Onslow Beat and their readers, would like to know is who are these alleged “other guys” that felt unsafe because of Jackson and Oakley’s presence?
Our team here at the News in Onslow have a feeling that Mr. Jackson was denied entrance due to the fact that he does not shy away from giving his readers the truth regardless of what or whom it may be about!