As I am sure you know, I was one of the people who helped administer CPR to Mpozi on July 3. What I find interesting, however, is that you have not once bothered to contact me to discuss what happened that evening. I also know that you have never contacted the woman who was there with me giving him mouth-to-mouth. You never talked to the person who talked with the 911 operator, or the person who helped me get Mpozi to the floor, or the person who was on the floor monitoring Mpozi's pulse. In all there were no fewer than 5 people on the floor with Mpozi, yet you have never contacted any of us. I have never served as a news desk copy editor, so I can only hope that your reporting during your Star tenure was more thorough.
On Ruth's claim that it took several minutes to respond, Jackson calls it an "outrageous lie" and points out that Dennis Ryerson was the first to reach Tolbert's side:
When I read your first account of this past Saturday's blog you you quoted someone as saying it was "several minutes" before anyone responded to Mpozi. That is the most outrageous lie I have heard in a long time from anyone older than my 3-year-old. No fewer than three people were at Mpozi's side within 20 seconds that night. Sunday you backtrack and say a woman was"instantly" at his side when, in fact, Dennis Ryerson was the first person to reach Mpozi. I'm sure that 20 seconds seems like a long time, and I know from reflecting on that situation that perhaps it was. But as one co-worker told me, "When I looked up and saw the sound I heard was coming from Mpozi, I sat back down." I think that's how a lot of us felt that night knowing Mpozi's personality. My first reaction was that he was goofing off for the benefit of the two interns he was talking to. After attempting to get Mpozi to respond to us, we had him on the floor within a minute.
Jackson makes it clear that he is angry with Ruth, and that he does not believe that Tolberts died because of any "callousness or indifference" of his employer as asserted by Ruth. He concludes, "Continue your crusade, Ruth, and congratulations on recovering your soul when you dropped off your employee ID at security on June 30. Hopefully sometime soon you'll also discover where you left your heart." Wow!
Jackson's account pretty much matches up with the account another person in the newsroom shared with AI previously. I'm surprised Holladay actually published Jackson's e-mail. Sadly, Ruth's still sticking by her position that it took too long to aid Tolberts. As she says, "The system was f_____ up." After this Ruth, I think your readers are going to begin thinking you're the one that's f_____ up.