On July 31, in a story entitled “Fed Ed and Miked Fleck Funneled $1 Million to Honest Abe Atiyeh“, I broke the story that entrepreneur Abe Atiyeh, Fed Ed and Miked Fleck cooked up a scheme that would enable him to buy the billboard company he always wanted. Fed Ed simply had his bobbleheads on City Council pay Atiyeh $1.4 million for land it does not need. They ignored their own appraiser in doing so. He had warned them the land was only worth $580,000. This story was picked up by WFMZ-TV69 pretty quickly, adding a few details that I missed. But The Morning Call downplayed the Atiyeh story until August 15, even though it was brought up during a City Council. I think I know why.
Toward the end of its account, The Morning Call parenthetically notes, “(Under an agreement with Digiview this spring, The Morning Call became the exclusive sales agent for Atiyeh’s billboard network.)”
It did not want to bite the hand that feeds it.
Atiyeh is no longer discussing the matter, which seems like a smart thing for him. It is thanks to him that we know he used Miked Fleck as a consultant.