Valmont’s Refusal in 2011 to “Disclose” the $$$ Paid for Milliken’s Board Seat + the LJS Not Pursuing the $$$ Figure Illustrates Booster Journalism by Ivy Harper

June 4, 2013

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (exclusive) by Ivy Harper

As you can read below, on December 13, 2011, Valmont Industries sent the Lincoln Journal Star (LJS) a press release revealing that the Company had “appointed” a federal/Morrill Land Grant PUBLIC University President, J.B. Milliken, to its Board of Directors.

In the third graph, the LJS article says, “Valmont spokesman Jeff Laudin would not disclose how or how much Milliken will be compensated. This information will be filed with federal securities documents at a later date.”

Kudos to the Omaha World-Herald’s (OWH) Leslie Reed for figuring out – finally – how much NU President Milliken is receiving for influence peddling; excuse me, I mean for sitting on a Board for a few days.

The fact that it has taken one and a half years for this information to come out is unsettling given that in the old days of serious journalism, I know editors who would have figured out a way to learn Milliken’s compensation the old-fashioned way: by working sources until the info is forthcoming. Old-style journalism wherein a reporter keeps working sources until someone talks.

No such luck in Nebraska as the OWH published President Milliken’s latest outrage and so far, the LJS has not mentioned a word. Why not?

OMG, this is huge news. In Lincoln. What is the LJS waiting for? Inquiring minds would like to know.

Valmont appoints NU President Milliken to its board

December 13, 2011 3:33 pm  •  By the Lincoln Journal Star

Mogens C. Bay, Valmont’s chairman and chief executive officer said, “J.B. Milliken has championed the strategic importance of global engagement. His understanding of how organizations attract and develop talent and work in a global, innovation-based economy will make a significant contribution to our board.”

Valmont spokesman Jeff Laudin would not disclose how or how much Milliken will be compensated. That information will be filed with federal securities documents at a later date.

Valmont designs and manufactures poles, towers and structures for lighting and traffic, wireless communication and utility markets, industrial access systems and highway safety barriers and is a provider of protective coating services. Valmont also is a leader in mechanized irrigation equipment for agriculture.

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4 Comments on “Valmont’s Refusal in 2011 to “Disclose” the $$$ Paid for Milliken’s Board Seat + the LJS Not Pursuing the $$$ Figure Illustrates Booster Journalism by Ivy Harper”

  1. Josie Says:

    It seems LJS only publishes feel good stories about NU. Please someone investigate how much was spent for JB to herd his top administrators, 50 faculty, and the Chiara String Quartet to China recently and who paid for this. And are the Nebraska tax payers forking out their hard earned money for the so-called American Culture Center in Xian, China that UNL established? What is the purpose of such extravagance?

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  2. Josie Says:

    Why did OWH report recently on scores of steer being killed at UNL’s ARD because of a miscalculation in feeding a “secret” supplement, but not one word of this was mentioned in LJS? Makes you wonder.

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  3. Josie Says:

    Correction…it was not the Chiara String Quartet on the X’ian trip. It was the Skyros Quartet….http://www.unl.edu/finearts/news/2013/som/xian. Apparently the cello got its own seat on the trip…along with about 50 other UNL and NU folks. It sure was nice of Prem to document it all on Twitter: https://twitter.com/premspaul

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