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“Count” Jeffrey Grimshaw lied about writing “This is CNN!”
Jeffrey Grimshaw: Fraud, Liar, Thief
By PAUL GARRETT
BENNINGTON You’ll hear him bleat on and on about the journalistic ethics yet the man who
bought himself a title “Count” Jeffrey Grimshaw of Bennington has done more harm to the
beating heart of local journalism than the worst of the corporate media raiders in America these
days. Grimshaw claims to have worked for Turner Broadcasting years ago, and he may have.
Claims he hired James Earl Jones to voice the iconic words “THIS IS CNN!” and he may have
(update: he did not, keep reading).
The fraud, the liar, the thief, the adulterer claims many things. And when he isn’t claiming he’s
kneedeep into journalistic misdeeds, false promises, and retaliatory aggression that would get
most people fired from any respectable media outfit.
When he’s called out for his lack of journalistic ethics, he retreats only to returns and denigrate
those whom he feels are a threat to his integrity and credibility, what little there are of both.
Here are several examples:
1, Look at the following screengrab ...
Grimshaw’s unscrupulous local media outlet Bennington News Network taped a Bennington
Select Board meeting on 10/12/15. Or so it would appeared. In reality he recorded the meeting
from CatTV Bennington’s local access channel then slapped a BNN logo on the recording
to pass it off as original BNN content, which is plagiarism.
According to this document on plagiarism.org,
Using an image, video or piece of music in a work you have produced without receiving proper permission or
providing appropriate citation is plagiarism. The following activities are very common in today’s society.
Despite their popularity, they still count as plagiarism.
Copying media (especially images) from other websites to paste them into your own papers or
Making a video using footage from others’ videos or using copyrighted music as part of the
Performing another person’s copyrighted music (i.e., playing a cover).
Composing a piece of music that borrows heavily from another composition.
Certainly, these media pose situations in which it can be challenging to determine whether or not the
copyrights of a work are being violated. For example:
A photograph or scan of a copyrighted image (for example: using a photograph of a book
cover to represent that book on one’s website)
Recording audio or video in which copyrighted music or video is playing in the background.
Recreating a visual work in the same medium. (for example: shooting a photograph that uses
the same composition and subject matter as someone else’s photograph)
Recreating a visual work in a different medium (for example: making a painting that closely
resembles another person’s photograph).
Remixing or altering copyrighted images, video or audio, even if done so in an original way.
Jeffrey Grimshaw also activated Google Ads to profit from the plagiarized video. He claimed
CatTV material is considered “pool coverage” and in the “public domain” and therefore BNN
had every right to repurpose CatTV’s content. Only when CatTV learned of this false assertion
did it take steps to rectify the raping of journalistic ethics.
Here is a screengrab of Jeffrey Grimshaw’s petulance:
As a result, YouTube removed BNN’s plagiarized video.
But “Count” Jeffrey Grimshaw never told his audience that YouTube removed the video.
WE CONTINUE …
2, “Count” Jeffrey Grimshaw taught a college media class at Community College of Vermont
on Main Street in Downtown Bennington. On 10/15/15 he posted this on Facebook:
Take note of the line “With MLB consumption dropping by the hour (not one student in my
college media class watches baseball) … “
… because it is an uninformed falsehood and reeks of pandering to a crowd that would laugh at
his assertion, as just a week earlier Forbes magazine wrote about how MLB consumption is at
an alltime high across all TV and digital platforms:
Based on numbers from Nielsen, on television in the U.S., the Wild Card games on ESPN and TBS
averaged 7.942 million viewers, an increase of +48% versus last year (5.364 million) and the
highest average U.S. audience in the format’s history. The games were the two mostwatched Wild
Card games in the four years of the format. The games that saw the Houston Astros beat the New
York Yankees (averaged 7.604 million U.S. viewers), and Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates
(averaged 8.3 million U.S. viewers) show how the game can still resonate nationally depending on
But, if you add in “north of the border”, the numbers look rosier still.
When including viewership numbers in Canada via Numeris on Sportsnet (Rogers), the average
North American television audience for the Wild Card games was 8.673 million, a North American
record for the round and an increase of +47% versus last year (5.896 million). The American
League Wild Card Game was the mostwatched Wild Card Game ever in Canada (981,000), an
increase of +124% versus last year’s AL Wild Card game on the same network.
In a case of cordcutters, or cordnevers that streamed the game online or to smartphones, the
American and National League Wild Card games, using MLBAM’s firstofitskind Live Digital Data
Ratings (LDDR) study which analyzes fan consumption across its digital products exclusively during
live game windows, showed per game averages of 17.9 million minutes consumed and 1.9 million
unique sessions. The LDDR study for the Wild Card showed increases of +237% for minutes
consumed and +154% for unique sessions over the per game averages during the 2015 regular
The two games hit a number of impressive marks, including:
Mostwatched Wild Card Game ever (NL Wild Card on TBS; 8.3 million viewers)
Mostwatched MLB game (AL Wild Card; 7.6 million viewers) on ESPN in 12 years
Mostviewed MLB game on cable television since 2011 (NL Wild Card on TBS)
Highestrated MLB game ever on ESPN in Houston (AL Wild Card; 14.8)
Highestrated MLB game on any network (NL Wild Card on TBS; 21.8) in Chicago in
Highestrated MLB game on ESPN in New York (AL Wild Card; 12.0) in three years.
Sources: Nielsen, Numeris, Adobe Analytics, TBS, and ESPN
But in Jeffrey Grimshaw’s world, his students represent all demographics and whatever they say
dictates statistical data which, of course, is journalistic hooey of the highest order.
When Joey Kulkin posted the Forbes screengrab on Grimshaw’s page he defriended Kulkin
faster than a Yordano Ventura fastball to the ribs.
Also pretty sure he never had a conversation with Bobby Cox but a liar and thief can claim so.
WE CONTINUE ...
3, On 11/9/15, “Count” Jeffrey Grimshaw presented his BNN readers with this Facebook post:
Focus on BNN’s line “Interesting how Arlington is on this list of exposed communities, yet
both Wilmington and Bennington are NOT on the list. Your thoughts?”
Such a newsworthy post is lazy, sloppy, uninformative, lacks intellectual curiosity, and gives
readers zero perspective when he asks for their thoughts. Jeffrey Grimshaw did zero legwork
when a few phone calls and emails to state and local representatives would have enlightened
such a great newsman. Instead he chose to proffer a question that was misleading in nature as
if the state ignored Bennington and Wilmington on purpose.
So for the next five hours Kulkin made calls and sent emails and told the story “Count” Jeffrey
Grimshaw failed to tell. It provides readers full context and facts and begins like this:
BNN yesterday posted a link to the Vermont Economic Resiliency Initiative and bleated as to why
Bennington and Wilmington were left out of the 780page report. But the post provided zero context
while making it seem like Bennington and Wilmington were excluded on purpose. So I spent half the
day making calls and sending emails to local leaders and state officials. Turns out Bennington was
the forerunner of the VERI, according to Noelle McKay, commissioner of Vermont Housing and
"Bennington was the basis for work in this project," she said, explaining that the town's Roaring
Branch study after Irene focused heavily on minimizing business interruption and offsetting business
costs, among other things. "Bennington is kind of what started it all."
In other words, Bennington led the way this time.
Read Kulkin’s full piece at the Politics of Bennington FB page here
WE CONTINUE ...
4, In October, Jeffrey Grimshaw of BNN showed his utter lack of professionalism and a
hearty dose of vindictiveness a story chronicling the latest Town of Bennington economic
development study. Grimshaw began a message exchange on Facebook asking if BNN could
interview the story’s author, Joey Kulkin. He declined.
The conversation continued as such:
Count Jeffrey Grimshaw: Disappointing. It was a chance to get your story out on a much larger
scale as video indexes so much higher than print. Should you change your mind, we are here.
Joey Kulkin: Thanks, Jeff, but I'm a writer, who has written his piece. Best.
Count Jeffrey Grimshaw: Editorial comment: That's like a writer penning a book and then opting
out of the promo tour. Just another case of "frag and flee".
In layman’s terms, “frag and flee” is term for coward. He called Kulkin a coward because he had
declined to give him an interview about the story that generated heavy local discussion and he
was upset because BNN was not part of the discussion.
WE CONTINUE …
5, Count Jeffrey Grimshaw he bought the title of “Count” in England has been caught
lying about the centerpiece of his professional background. For years he has told anyone who
would listen that he was the ad wizard who penned the iconic “This is CNN!” slogan AND hired
James Earl Jones to voice the words. Here are a few examples of his lies: