Determined SB Solar Reporter Joe Nelson Blasted for Pushing “Incorrect Data” about Olivet College whereas Newsweek Collusion Swirls

Desperate SB Sun Reporter Joe Nelson Blasted for Pushing "Wrong Info" about Olivet University while Newsweek Collusion Swirls
(Photograph : Left to Proper, SB Solar Reporter Joe Nelson & Dev Pragad, Newsweek CEO)

Days clear of hundreds of thousands celebrating the ball drop to ring in 2023, investigative newshounds have so much to fret about. Media believe stays close to an rock bottom; knowledge and generation traits increasingly more drive the media sector; and shoppers are the brand new manufacturers, making newshounds an increasing number of inappropriate.

How a lot moreso for old-dogs attempting to be informed new methods in tiny San Bernadino County within the California wilderness.  Input Joe Nelson, investigative reporter extraordinaire, who has been digging up tales since simply earlier than Y2K.  (Mr. Nelson additionally has an energetic facet hustle of selling crystals, elixirs, and Non secular Science — to not be puzzled with Christian Science or Scientology — a miniscule non secular pantheism sect originating in SoCal.)  Who higher to assault an evangelical Christian college with fabricated storylines?

On December 19, 2022, The San Bernardino Solar revealed a piece of writing by means of Mr. Nelson with the sensationalized headline “Embattled California Christian school beneath federal investigation for fraud, money-laundering and hard work trafficking.”  (The San Bernardino Solar article was once syndicated by means of the Southern California Information Workforce to such illustrious publications as The Press-Endeavor and The Mercury Information, amongst others).

Mr. Nelson is being slammed and discredited for his document on Olivet College as a result of his utter failure to do elementary truth checking on his number one supply — with two firsthand witnesses announcing Mr. Nelson’s supply account is unconditionally false.  This, in spite of Mr. Nelson himself taking a excursion of the Olivet Campus in query and now not discovering anything else dissatisfactory, in keeping with college resources now not licensed to formally discuss at the report.

Overlook large knowledge, TikTok traits and subscription media fashions — most likely Mr. Nelson’s New 12 months’s answer will have to as a substitute be to spend much less time selling crystals and elixirs, and extra time finding out elementary fact-checking.  Crystals and elixirs would possibly not most probably assist him with that.


If he has any hope to stick related, Mr. Nelson will most probably wish to forestall sipping on elixirs, and get started downing huge doses of the reality in complete.  Embarrassingly, Mr. Nelson’s most effective firstly reported supply, Melissa Sims, was once confirmed to be stuck in a lie mins after Mr. Nelson’s tale was once revealed Monday.  Moments after Mr. Nelson reported his “authentic” — or most likely extra as it should be, largely-“fictional” investigation — HNGN was once contacted by means of two resources wholly debunking his number one supply’s claims.  

In the meantime, college resources query Mr. Nelson’s “schedule” for the assault article as a result of, in spite of Nelson time and again being supplied firsthand proof on the contrary, he selected to depend on debunked Newsweek resources and articles closely for his “investigation” of Olivet College.  However Newsweek’s articles have been according to false and up to now debunked statements from a handful of former Olivet scholars, together with Rebecca Singh, who made a phony “911 name” on March 27, 2018 that ended in Newsweek’s made up “hard work trafficking” narrative within the first position.  

Ms. Singh, along side different scholars, desperately believed that filing false accusations in opposition to Olivet College would earn her a inexperienced card from the U.S. executive.  

For his contribution to the storyline, Mr. Nelson, as a substitute of digging into what seems to be the actual downside — the Newsweek CEO levying critical threats to mow down his warring parties like “doggies in entrance of a gadget gun” whereas making an attempt a dizzying onslaught of media missiles that experience fizzled as duds one after any other — he interviewed as the foremost supply for his tale a former kitchen staffer.

The previous campus prepare dinner, Melissa Sims, whom Nelson interviewed by means of telephone, claimed that she picked up the coed Singh at the day of the “911 name.”  However two eyewitnesses say Ms. Sim’s testimony is totally false.  How do they know?  They have been there, and “[n]ot Melissa Sims.”

Those two resources stepped ahead Monday to mention they — now not Sims — drove Singh at once to the LAX airport at the day in query in Mr. Nelson’s “document,” on the request of Singh’s mom.  Any such eyewitnesses is Natalie Cernovtan, who was once a fellow pupil to Ms. Singh on the time.

Ms. Cernovtan’s account independently corroborated the account of the opposite witness, who needs to stay nameless for private causes.

“Your informer gave you unsuitable information,” Ms. Cernovtan instructed Mr. Nelson early Tuesday morning, in keeping with knowledge reviewed by means of HNGN.  On March 27, “[Singh] requested me to move in combination to airport [sic].”  Ms. Sims was once now not within the image in any respect, in keeping with each Ms. Cernovtan and the second one supply.  As of Tuesday morning, Mr. Nelson nonetheless has now not retracted his article, in spite of his number one supply being totally debunked as now not even being provide on the time in query.

Moreover, other folks accustomed to the subject say that Singh was once now not looking to “get away” the Olivet campus that day, as Ms. Sims falsely alleges.  As an alternative, Singh had attempted for a number of months to increase her keep on campus, wanting to stay within the U.S. for so long as imaginable.  Alternatively, faculty directors determined that it will be ultimate for her to go back house because of her deficient educational efficiency and behaviour.  Sooner or later, Singh was once persuaded to depart the campus, and he or she was once supplied a protected journey to the airport.

All of this was once uncovered in a earlier article revealing the actual tale at the back of Singh.  

However Mr. Nelson’s “investigation” does now not reference those publicly to be had info in any respect, in spite of resources announcing he was once at once supplied this data.  Oddly, he selected to print false statements from Ms. Sims as a substitute, whereas additionally opting for to reference most effective debunked Newsweek tales.  It is no marvel that those efforts on his phase mixed to lead to a faux information tale.  

However why did he do it?


One would want a crystal ball to appear into Mr. Nelson’s middle and know his causes for publishing information with entire fail to remember for the reality checking of elementary resources as an “investigator.”  And most likely it is merely only one extra step within the pattern against investigative reporter irrelevance, since the remainder of Mr. Nelson’s tale quantities to rehashes of outdated information, in some circumstances 3 years outdated or extra. However there is also extra sinister causes using Mr. Nelson’s “investigation.”  

The timing of Nelson’s tale apparently coincides completely with Newsweek CEO Dev Pragad’s fresh criminal setbacks in his quest to wrest keep an eye on of Newsweek from any other shareholder — the usage of OIivet College as a pawn.

In those disputes, Mr. Pragad has resorted to increasingly more determined measures to persuade the court in his desire, together with a lot of assault articles chock-full of falsehoods, debunked in opposition to his sworn enemy Olivet College, a defendant Newsweek itself has sued beneath Mr. Pragad’s management.  Media suing after which negatively masking the defendant in its personal go well with is an unparalleled breach of all media ethics.

Nonetheless, whereas calling Olivet a school originating from “a small Christian sect,” Mr. Pragad seems obsessively preoccupied with masking it, now and then publishing Olivet tales as the highest information on Newsweek above headlines about Trump, the Russia-Ukraine warfare, a looming home recession, and different crucial world information.

Possibly it’s merely narcissism at the a part of Newsweek — the e-newsletter just lately up to date its About Us web page to whine broadly about Mr. Pragad’s Olivet woes, beneath the excuse that the newsroom is dedicated to masking its homeowners.

(Pragad disciple Nancy Cooper, Newsweek International Editor-in-Leader, has but to give an explanation for how masking Olivet, which doesn’t personal Newsweek, whereas ethics-washing the misdeeds of her writer Pragad, who can pay her payroll each and every month, accounts for Newsweek being dedicated to masking itself.)

Coincidentally, Nelson’s article intently follows the similar content material and subject matters as Newsweek’s prior assault articles.  In truth, the one information e-newsletter cited as a supply in Nelson’s article is Newsweek.  

Is it imaginable {that a} Newsweek author (or, daresay, the CEO himself?) influenced Nelson to write down a biased article in opposition to Olivet College to assist the mag’s CEO acquire leverage in his covetous shareholder dispute?

If the solution is sure, then upload any other New 12 months’s answer to Mr. Nelson’s rising record — forestall secret media collusion to strengthen a company shareholder’s non-public greed when media is meant to be a clear medium for the folk.

As any moral reporter would know, large media firms will have to by no means manipulate smaller Christian establishments to realize leverage for a gluttonous trade energy battle.  It does not take a rocket scientist to determine this out.


Nelson a minimum of exposed one nugget of fact throughout his “investigation.”

In his reporting, Nelson admits to finding that Olivet College just lately won complete re-approval from the Bureau for Personal Postsecondary Training (BPPE).  This took place following a complete web site inspection from BPPE representatives, who checked the varsity information, campus, and scholars completely.

But, in spite of realizing that the varsity and scholars have been evaluated and deemed wholesome by means of a central authority company, Nelson nonetheless endured to write down a tale that implied issues of the varsity and its scholars. Why?

Prior to now, Newsweek conjured up a chain of pretend “human trafficking” articles to assault Olivet College.  Now, that has morphed into a faux information article about “hard work trafficking”.

How did a faux “human trafficking” tale transform a faux “hard work trafficking” tale?  And why did two large media teams assault the similar small Christian college on the identical time?

Moreover, why did Mr. Nelson assault Olivet College with this kind of sensational headline?  Within the best-case situation, he revealed it for clickbait — as a final ditch effort at relevance earlier than 2023 erodes media believe even additional.  Within the worst-case, he’s in on Newsweek’s scheme.  As any just right investigator would agree, time and fact will inform.


Despite the fact that some questions stay unanswered on the time of e-newsletter of this tale, each regulators and scholars agree on some elementary info about Olivet — the campus is becoming, the classes enriching, and the meals is considerable.

Right through their unscheduled web site consult with, BPPE team of workers noticed scholars consuming lunch within the faculty cafeteria.  They interviewed many scholars to test their pride with campus existence, together with foods, and listened to sure comments from the scholars, in keeping with college resources.  Mr. Nelson, too, was once handled respectfully, given all get entry to, and had a visibly sure time at the campus in his fresh consult with, in keeping with resources accustomed to the subject.

All of this at once contradicts Ms. Singh’s and Ms. Sims’ statements about Olivet College’s campus.  There are not any scholars hiding in trees on the campus, ready to jump ahead with starvation pangs at unsuspecting guests whereas crying out for assist.

As an alternative, in keeping with present scholars interviewed for this newsletter, campus existence is refreshing, the classes are thought-provoking, and campus meals is abundant and adapted to scholars’ tastes and personal tastes.  The largest factor scholars have gave the look to be with the unsavory dishes Ms. Sim herself was once serving.

One pupil shared that in the past there were a definite cultural hole between the chefs and the scholars, which sooner or later resulted within the kitchen team of workers (together with Ms. Sims) being changed. 

Now, it sort of feels Ms. Sims is the only being served. As one pupil remarked, “This new kitchen team of workers understands our tastes in meals significantly better than [Ms. Sims].”

And if Mr. Nelson persists in publishing pretend information, he could be subsequent.

This tale was once coated by means of HNGN’s contributor author, Ryan Lee, following the growing tale of Newsweek CEO Dev Pragad.

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