I’m normally a big fan of Jeff Cole, the Fox 29 reporter who led the charge into the Tollefson story. Every town needs a version of Cole, a guy who will go undercover to find city employees sleeping on the job and who will tell you the story as if national security were at stake. But he dropped the ball when it came time to investigate his former colleague. Instead of a charge into the story, it was more like a trot around it.
The Tollefson tale has been brewing in the press for nearly two weeks, but all Cole could come up with were rehashed accounts and reports from days ago.
“Fox 29 has learned” that Pennsylvania Department of State’s Charities Bureau is investigating, he told viewers on Monday night, as if he had some inside source in Harrisburg leaking him top secret information. But it’s much more likely that “Fox 29 learned” that from competitor NBC 10′s report five days prior. The jilted “Allentown man” Cole spoke with? The same guy we told you about on Friday. “And word now of a police probe”? There’s nothing “now” about that news. Far from it.
There’s not much else that can be reported at this point. Tollefson is in rehab and police are investigating. From what I hear, there are many, many claims against Tollefson that are being worked through and police are requesting that people not speak with the media. We’re looking at tens of thousands, perhaps close to six figures, that Tollefson owes.
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