WHAS-TV pays $7.4 million to end Kentucky Kingdom defamation lawsuit

Posted Friday, May 5, 2006 12:05 PM | Contributed by supermandl

The case stemmed from reports about an accident on July 26, 1994, that seriously injured a 7-year-old girl. At issue was whether a series of broadcasts by the station put Kentucky Kingdom in a false light.

Read more from AP via The Courier-Journal.

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Friday, May 5, 2006 12:48 PM
A wonderful change of pace it is…the media actually having to take some responsibility for false reporting. While I still think tort reform is needed and can question the settlement amount, I admit that I’m amused (from an enthusiast perspective) that it was the actual propagandist (media) that paid the price this time, rather than the park. A few more settlements like this and we may actually get some truth in reporting the next time we have another ride accident. Sensationalist journalism as it relates to ride accidents and anything Markey might say, suffered a major defeat in this ruling. I hope all parks take notice that fighting the lies can indeed prove fruitful as a tactic.

Hallelujah…Hallelujah-Hallelujah… Hallelujah… Hallelu---lu---jah! (you know the tune)! :-)

Friday, May 5, 2006 2:02 PM
I take it this was the Starchaser (Jet Star) collision. From what I have been able to gather:

a.) It was a relatively low speed collision that occurred on the block brake.
b.) the injuries (mostly bruises) were caused by the seat belt.

Friday, May 5, 2006 2:43 PM
Now they'll be able to build Rumbler II. ;)
Sunday, May 7, 2006 1:16 AM
Wow, this is really good news. First Shapiro approves having Chang painted (which looks beautiful btw. It's also running the smoothest and fastest I've ever seen it!) and now 7+ mil, goes to the park. Oh, and did I mention that SFKK was one of the first if not the first sf park to recieve capital for next year...(hint: a brand new ride will make an appearance in Top Eliminator Dragsters spot for those unaware.)Now they can go ahead a finish the painting plan and paint T2 and the Giant wheel . WOOH HOO!!! :)
Sunday, May 7, 2006 9:39 AM
Read the article again. Six Flags does not get money, the trust that manages the former owner's assets gets the money.
Saturday, June 17, 2006 1:05 AM
I wonder what this KKAC trust will do with the money? I did a quick google for it, and the only trace of it existing is this news report.
*** This post was edited by ClarkKentuckyKingdom 6/17/2006 1:08:38 AM ***

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