“Since I started in journalism, it was always my goal or dream to work for the Kenosha News,” Thompson told the newspaper when they hired him in 2017. While that may have been one of his goals, he had another one that proved not to mesh well with his other – activism.
After the Kenosha Police shooting of Jacob Blake, the activism role would take over, and land him without a job. Thompson was not working during a planned pro-Jacob Blake rally in downtown Kenosha on August 29, 2020. He went down there anyway and took videos for the Kenosha News’ social media. One speaker loudly screamed. “If you kill one of us, it’s time for us to kill one of yours” to which a crowd of BLM and Antifa loudly screamed in agreement of the obvious incitement of violence against the police. Thompson then noticed a temporary headline on the Kenosha News mobile app:
Thompson was furious with the Kenosha News’ then-editor Bob Heiss (D). He texted Heiss and demanded that the headline be changed. Heiss responded, “…you should calm down. That is a public threat and it is an exact quote.” Thompson then responded “Then I quit.” Heiss asked for a written resignation and Thompson sent it.
After all that fuss and Thompson quitting a job he desperately needed to support himself, the Kenosha News changed the headline anyway. It was later changed to “Kenosha speaker strays from message at rally.” The Kenosha News, after all, is very heavily left-leaning. Thompson would later tell liberal news outlets around the world that the headline threatened the movement of Black Lives Matter and that’s what made him so upset. Thompson took to Facebook later that night to say “Tonight, please support the Blake family in undoing any damage this headline did by sharing EVERY SINGLE VIDEO of how peaceful we were…….. #JusticeForJacobBlake” Thompson put no blame on the man who encouraged the murder of police officers, but instead the media that reported on it. Thompson branded himself as the #unemployededitor and #thatkenoshajournalist.
The liberal media quickly made Thompson a hero and he was getting a lot of attention. He then realized he could profit off of his new-found-fame. With that, the grifting began. Thompson told his solidly liberal fan-base that he was going to start a “new media.” He would start a gofundme and say “I’m asking (and feel like an ass asking) for some assistance during this time to the tune of $5,000. I figure that’s what I need to have two months free to develop and launch new projects while being able to cover my bills, pay for medications, etc. So if you want to invest in me, my journalism skills and you want a better news source in Kenosha, please donate.”
Even Mark Ruffalo, Kenosha native and Democrat darling to the left, encouraged people to donate to Thompson:
Thompson would soon be given more than $45,000. Since he raised $40,000 more than his goal, he promised his fans he would spend $22,500 on himself, and $22,500 on “Uptown.” As he said he would, he started a media website called the “Uptown Observer.” Coincidentally, KCE’s first publication was on the same day as Uptown Observer’s – 9/25/2020. Here is the thing though, he didn’t really post much news at all since.
2020 (1) News Article
2021 (10) News Articles and (43) Music-Related Posts and (1) Plea for donations
2022 (4) News Articles
2023 (2) News Articles
In the same time, 842 days ago, Kenosha County Eye would produce (472) news articles. But more than $20k on a website where he posted news less than 20 times? It didn’t make sense to us, so we contacted Thompson. He didn’t respond. He did, however post to his Facebook page warning his fans that we were digging around:
Thompson claims that legally, he could use the money he was donated however he wishes. He is right, but ethically, is that OK? He did promise a “new media.” But where did all the money go? Thomson won’t say a word…