Wednesday, May 3, 2023

In free-wheeling podcast interview at "The Meck Report," Donald Watkins dishes the inside scoop on scandals swirling around the Southern Company

Donald Watkins and David Meckley

Longtime Alabama attorney and entrepreneur Donald Watkins, who has become a leading voice in online journalism about the various scandals engulfing Atlanta-based Southern Company, is the subject of a podcast interview at The Meck Report (, which is based in Dothan, AL. 

Veteran journalist David "The Meck" Meckley, who has a lengthy career in both print and broadcast media, conducted the interview -- which is titled "Donald Watkins Unplugged on the Southern Company."

Among the scandal-related topics covered in the podcast:

* Shoddy construction, including unsettling vibrations, at the Vogtle Nuclear Plant in Georgia;

* The possibility that shoddy workmanship, cost overruns, and rampant criminality could lead to a Three-Mile Island-style disaster at Vogtle;

* Hush money payments to victims of Southern Company's underhanded activities;

* Rampant accounting fraud (totaling about $28 billion), largely designed to cover up cost overruns at the Vogtle Plant in Georgia and the Kemper Plant in Mississippi;

* Insider transactions allegedly involving Southern Company board members and private companies;

* The role of former President Bill Clinton in trying to protect Southern Company with the U.S. Department of Justice.

The free-wheeling and wide-ranging interview runs about 1 hour, 13 minutes and can be accessed at this link.

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