“F*** it, I quit”: Alaska reporter resigns on air after revealing she runs the cannabis club she just reported on

posted at 11:21 am on September 22, 2014 by Allahpundit

There’s a 35-second version of this clip making the rounds today that showcases the big surprise at the end but you can’t appreciate the full subversive weirdness of what happened without watching the entire segment. It’s a straight news report on legalizing marijuana, replete with an interview with an opponent, for three minutes — and then, suddenly, it isn’t.

Terrible journalism ethics, but brilliant PR.

Alaska Cannabis Club had urged its Facebook followers to tune in to the broadcast Sunday evening.

Reached later, Greene said KTVA had no idea she was going to quit, or that she was connected to the Alaska Cannabis Club.

Asked why she quit in such a dramatic way, she said, “Because I wanted to draw attention to this issue. And the issue is medical marijuana. Ballot Measure 2 is a way to make medical marijuana real … most patients didn’t know the state didn’t set up the framework to get patients their medicine.”

“If I offended anyone, I apologize, but I’m not sorry for the choice that I made,” she said.

Alaska’s going to vote on whether to legalize recreational use of weed on November 4. Given how small the electorate is and how much buzz this stunt is bound to get, I wonder if it might actually move the needle.

Coming soon: Every national news anchor in the U.S. quits after revealing on air that they’re actually operatives for the Democratic Party.

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I guess she thought it would be funny?

Since laughter is the best medicine.

Or something…
profitsbeard on September 23, 2014 at 1:05 AM

I certainly get what you’re saying. It was, and is very funny! What a brazen and loopy operator Charlo Greene turned out to be!

That is her “professional” name, by the way. Her real name is Charlene Egbe. That was the name under which she registered the incorporation papers for the Alaska Cannabis Club back in mid-April of this year.

I’ll bet whoever recommended that she be hired as a reporter at the station is now doing his/her best imitation of Br’er Fox today — “Br’er Fox, he lay low!” Heh!

Can you imagine all the management conversations, and the string of “reminder memos” furiously flying around the staff areas over at KTVA-TV, the CBS affiliate?

And, wouldn’t you want to be a fly on the wall listening in on the conversations in the board room at DENALI MEDIA ANCHORAGE, CORP., in Anchorage — the station’s owner and licensee?

Now, whether she intended for this to be funny is an entirely different question. I’d say definitely not. She obviously had very serious future “business” interests involved in the anticipated passage of the recreational use initiative on the ballot this November.

From an Alaska Dispatch News story featuring the Alaska Cannabis Club, which was published back in late August of this year:

Alaska Cannabis Medical and Alaska Cannabis Club are both counting on recreational marijuana use to be legalized in November. Alaska Cannabis Club plans to expand its business model and open a recreational side of the business should the law pass.

Yep! Pretty clearly, Charlene Egbe, aka Charlo Greene, is a very serious, and thoroughly mercenary operative who was perfectly willing to swipe her employer’s television air time at KTVA-TV in order to promote her impending business interests, ones which she intends to substantially benefit her economic bottom line.

She didn’t see this as funny at all. This was business!

Trochilus on September 23, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Legalizing dope is like peeling a ripe onion. The more levels you get down into, the smellier it gets. I wrote about this years ago, long before it became cause celebre.


archer52 on September 22, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Actually, the burgeoning statist government is like peeling a ripe onion.

I read your article and disagree completely with every one of your points. I disagree from Judeo-Christian & from a Constitutional Republic perspective.

The progressive statist govt has created so many inter-dependencies that it will be tough to unwind.

You mention taxes. If weed is a product that can be grown in anyone’s home or garden, why does the govt feel it must tax it it? Does the Govt tax the hobby gardener for growing tomatoes in their backyard garden? No, but if they could figure out a way to do it, they would jump right in and make criminals out of gardeners. Weed is not like tobacco, wherein the govt does regulate the farming of it such that it is next to impossible for the tobbaco fan to grow his own. Only because raising tobacco is more farm intensive than weed. But take the case of homebrewing beer. Once upon a time, any home brewing was illegal period. Once upon a time, home brewing was legal until the govt decided it must tax it. Ever hear of the whisky rebellion? Why does the goivt need so much taxes? To feed its dependents accross the various entitlement schemes. If people feel taxed enough alread, why let’s sic the IRS and use the God-ordained sword of justice to cow the people and put them in their place — shut up and feed the beast.

You mention continuing turf wars if legalized. Really? You assume people’s actions would remain static even if laws change? Sure, some folks would rather buy than grow, but it does not lead to gang wars. Do we have gang wars over alcohol? Your argument is a canard. But you coming from a LEO background, you need this inter-dependency of laws, carrots and sticks to control people for your job security, liberty and freedom be damned. Kinda like the latest WH intruder, the cure being to expand the neutral zone and hire more enforcers to guard the WH from the people. When the govt takes on a life of its own, the people are necessarily the enemy, especially those who don’t appreciate it getting alrger and taking a greater chunk of their labors to feed itself.

You mention lawsuits. Well, trial lawyers will sue on anything they can, so this is not a reason to continue making it illegal

You mention kids toking. Well guess what, despite a parent’s hopes and fears, rebelion has been a fact of the human experience going back to the 1st children. Forget the debate over whether God is real or not. According to the Bible, Cain knew God and talked with God, creator of his parents, yet Cain rebelled against God due to pride and killed his brother. Did weed make him do that? He was a farmer and maybe he liked how weed made him feel as he burned them. So what, God held him responsible for his actions. Parents decrying alcohol and drugs affecting their children and wanting to do something to ban them are deflecting from the core issue being rebellion and slothfulness. I used to support MADD, War On Drugs, but I’ve come to realize that these are just tools for the government to assert greater control over our liberties.

Once upon a time, a lad became a man, despite his age, when he exhibited self-reliance and responsibility. 12, 14, 16, it didn’t mater the physical age, just the maturity. But oh noes, because some can’t handle it, we must enact blanket laws to infantize our offspring for the greater good. From no age limit on alcohol, because that was left to the parents to decide when, if at all, their snowflakes could drink to a draconian, accross the baord law that one had to be 21, then 18, then 19, then 21 again. Why? Because the Feds deemed it so and used every leverage they had to force the States to comply with MADD’s wishes. Yeah, those mothers were mad, in a crazy insane way lashing out in their grief. It is a fact of sin and nature that people will do stupid things and pay for it sometimes with their lives and those they might impact.

Having said all the above, some of you will accuse me of having no children, thus I can’t understand. Well i do, I have five of them, the oldest being 18. It is incumbent on me to teach them responsibility. I know I have a wild one or two. All I can do is pray God watch and keep them, but I’m not willing to give the beast more powers in return for the hope that it may save my child from his own rebellion.

Our founding fathers gave us a constitutional republic, if we could keep it, and created it to secure and safeguard our liberties. Not to secure freedom from consequences of bad judgment and/or actors. It is society, thru shame and other tools that works to mitigate the actions of bad actors within their “village”. But over time, layers upon layers of laws were enacted, then came a point when the beast became “self-aware” and self-protecting. Now local and state laws are not good enough, the beast must dictate what is fair, what is just and what liberties we may retain.

To whit, I’m willing to bet that you believe it is right to deny the right of felons to own guns. Really? Felons get to keep the right to the 1st and a couple other Amendments, but they lose the right to the 2nd, 4th among others because they are felons? What part of “Shall NOT be infringed…” do you not understand? Oh, you’re an LEO and you have seen it with your own eyes that felons need to lose this right. Did it ever occur to you why the founding fathers didn’t carve out an exemptions for certain unsavory types? They didn’t say slaves couldn’t own guns. They didn’t exclude criminals. The reason being is that each of them at one time were considered felons and traitors to the crown. If the 1st is to mean anything to them, they had to be able to defend their speech with their right to the 2nd.

Try re-reading the Declaration of Independence in light of the abuses and burdens that the Feds and to a lesser degree the local govts put upon us — we-the-people who originally consented to giving certain powers to the government. Now when we withhold consent, the Govt snaps back at us for daring to restrain the beast. And the beast uses you to enforce its will upon the rest of us. About the only ones who get it within the LEO community are the Oath-Keepers, but they still struggle with the concept that true liberty sometimes means messy outcomes. But moving back to constitutional intent, however slowly is better than not at all or worse, blindly following the “law” because it is the law, regardless of how it came to be.

But as the adage goes, power corrupts absolutely. So, just how corrupted are you? I don’t mean corrupt in the traditional sense of dirty cop, but how corrupted is your thinking process that because you swore your oath to defend, that you inadvertantly feed the growing beast because certain thins you are asked to do and willingly carry out seem to be the perfectly legitimate thing to do in the cause of justice, but under several layers are in fact corrosive to fundamental liberties. like I said earlier, there were several things that I was rah-rahing about back in the 80s and 90s, but now coming to realize they were bad laws. For instance, seizures of assets because it might have been financed by illegal activities. LEOs only need probable cause to seize these assets. Where is the right from unreasonable seizures protected? Where is due process? I used to support 3-strikes as a reaction to bad judges who were overly lenient to criminals. In retrospect, that was a bad thing too. Instead of tying judges hands, how about getting rid of bad judges? Why is Alcee Hastings in Congress, instead of wearing orange?

There are many a thing that I once consider righteous, but the ends thereof was only more deaths and unrighteousness. I regret ever supporting them, but so be it. I will do what I can to help peel the odorus onion back down to just the kernel. If that means not voting for the annointed RINO squish, so be it. I will only vote for the candidate that best understands that the beast needs to be put on a diet and re-subjected to operating only with the consent of the people, so long as it remains within the constitutional republic framework.

I also mentioned the Judeo-Christian perspective:

1 Samuel 8:11-18New International Version (NIV)

11 He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots.
12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.
13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.
14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants.
15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants.
16 Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle[a] and donkeys he will take for his own use.
17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves.
18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.

We are slaves to the federal beast. There is no way our founding father ever dreamed for us to find ourselves subject to the dictates of 537 political whores and umpteen officers and bureaucrats. Liberty is but an illusion compared to what they fought for and lived.

AH_C on September 23, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Here’s an interesting bit of information regarding one Charlene Egbe, the “founder/owner” of the “Alaska Cannabis Club” for which she filed paperwork with the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, back on 04/20/2014, and was thereupon issued a certification for her interesting business name.

It seems that young Charlene may have only filed for a minimal period of time, as the certification ran out a little over a month ago, on August 17, 2014 when it expired.

Yes, you read that right. Expired.

Oooooops . . . looks like the State of Alaska may no longer recognizes the “Alaska Cannabis Club” as a duly registered business entity.

Gee, I sure hope she is not trying to solicit any donations on the part of a business entity which apparently no longer exists!

Or, maybe it exists under a different name, but who knows? Yet, in the “Why I Quit” video she put out just yesterday and posted to YouTube, she expressly claimed (at 3:20):

“My real name is Charlene Egbe, and I am the President and and CEO of the Alaska Cannabis Club and I am voting “yes” on Alaska Ballot Measure 2 on November because I am a true American … (yada, yada)”

Hmmmmmmm . . . I’m sure there must be some “logical” explanation for all of this.

Okay, Charlene, back to you! You didn’t just forget to “re-up,” did you?

They say that sometimes weed can affect the memory . . .

Trochilus on September 23, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Really didnt think it was that funny, it seemed unprofessional and really not all that thought out. Maybe it was nerves at what she was about to do or not, but delivery wasnt smooth and the message was a little off. Further more, she had better hope the proposition passes as her career in journalism is over, and now that she has the national attention she wanted, she had better hope her past is spotless. The news articles in the Anchorage paper are already digging into a checkered past this morning.

Koa on September 23, 2014 at 7:39 PM

AH_C on September 23, 2014 at 12:58 PM

You have no constitutional right to dope up. Period.

unclesmrgol on September 26, 2014 at 12:25 PM

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