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KTVA ‘Goof’ Shows Bias Against Joe Miller

From Alaska’s Fairbanks Daily News:

TV station’s phone goof makes big splash

by Rod Boyce
November 1, 2010

FAIRBANKS — Anchorage television station KTVA came under criticism from the campaign of Senate candidate Joe Miller this weekend for comments made by some of the station’s staffers.

The comments from the television station’s employees were inadvertently caught on a voice mail recording left for Miller campaign spokesman Randy DeSoto when a station employee failed to terminate a phone call to DeSoto.

The Miller campaign put out a news release Saturday night, castigating the station and saying the employees “openly discuss creating, if not fabricating, two stories about Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, Joe Miller.”

Miller’s news release identifies the employees as part of KTVA’s news operation.

“Frankly, when I first heard this I was shocked,” DeSoto said in the news release. “Though a bit garbled at times, there are disturbing comments in this conservation that never should have occurred.”

A transcript of the voice mail, publicized by the Miller campaign, shows an unidentified female saying “We know that out of all the people that will show up tonight, at least one of them will be a registered sex offender.”

That is followed by a mail voice: “You have to find that one person. …”

After an inaudible period, a female voice says, “And the one thing we can do is … we won’t know … we won’t know but if there is any sort of chaos whatsoever we can put out a Twitter/Facebook alert: saying what the … ‘Hey Joe Miller punched at rally.’”

KTVA general manager Jerry Bever issued a statement Sunday. In it, he called the voice mail “unfortunate” but disagreed with the Miller’s campaign’s interpretation of events.

If the Miller interpretation is wrong, then exactly what is "unfortunate" about the comments?

He did not dispute the contents of the recording.

“The Miller campaign’s analysis of the recording is incorrect in many material ways ranging from personnel involved in the conversation, the interpretation of conversation snippets and the reported transcript of the perceived garbled conversation.”

“… to allege that our staff was discussing or planning to create or fabricate stories regarding candidate Miller is absurd,” Bever said. “The complete conversation was about what others might be able to do to cause disruption within the Miller campaign, not what KTVA could do.”

Do KTVA employees commonly use the pronoun "we" to refer to "others"? How eccentric of them.

Bever said the station has discussed the matter internally. He said “this is a lesson to learn from.”

Yes, the lesson they will learn is ‘be more subtle.’ And, more importantly, ‘don’t get caught.’

Here is what Sarah Palin said about this incident, on Fox News Sunday, starting at about 7 minutes into the clip:

From the record, here is transcript of KTVA audio from October 28, 2010, via the Miller campaign site (a pdf file):

FEMALE REPORTER: That’s up to you because you’re the expert, but that’s what I would do… I ’d wait until you see who showed up because that indicates we already know something
[Laughter]
[INAUDIBLE]
FEMALE REPORTER: Child molesters
MALE REPORTER: Oh yeah… can you repeat Joe Miller’s… uh… list of people, campaign workers, which one’s the molester?
[INAUDIBLE]
FEMALE VOICE: We know that out of all the people that will show up tonight, at least one of them will be a registered sex offender.
[Laughter]
MALE REPORTER: You have to find that one person
[INAUDIBLE]
FEMALE REPORTER: And the one thing we can do is … we won’t know… we won’t know but if there is any sort of chaos whatsoever we can put out a Twitter/Facebook alert: saying what the… ‘Hey Joe Miller punched at rally.’
FEMALE REPORTER: Kinda like Rand Paul… I like that.
[Laughter]
FEMALE REPORTER: That’s a good one.

And here is the (laughable) press release from the Alaskan CBS affiliate, KTVA CBS 11:

KTVA Responds to Miller Campaign Allegation Statement From General Manager

Released October 31, 2010

A press release issued Saturday October 30, 2010, by the Joe Miller campaign claims that KTVA personnel, "openly discuss creating, if not fabricating, two stories about Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, Joe Miller." KTVA General Manager Jerry Bever says, "It’s unfortunate that this recording has happened. It’s unfortunate because it does not accurately reflect the journalistic standards of our newsroom and the garbled context will no doubt leave more questions than answers. The Miller campaign’s analysis of the recording is incorrect in many material ways ranging from personnel involved in the conversation, the interpretation of conversation snippets and the reported transcript of the perceived garbled conversation."

"While the recording is real, the allegations are untrue," said Bever. "The recording was the result of a cell phone not being hung up after a call was placed to Randy DeSoto, Joe Miller campaign spokesperson, Thursday afternoon to discuss Joe Miller’s appearance on that evening’s newscast. That phone call was placed near the end of a coverage planning meeting in our newsroom regarding that evening’s Miller rally in downtown Anchorage. The group of KTVA news personnel was reviewing potential "what-if" scenarios, discussing the likelihood of events at the rally and how KTVA might logistically disseminate any breaking news."

Ah, yes, news reporters have nothing better to do than to sit around and discuss "what-if scenarios."

Bever continues, "The perception that this garbled, out of context recording may leave is unfortunate, but to allege that our staff was discussing or planning to create or fabricate stories regarding candidate Miller is absurd. The complete conversation was about what others might be able to do to cause disruption within the Miller campaign, not what KTVA could do."

Re-read the transcript and realize what a bald-face liar Mr. Bever is.

While Bever would not discuss any personnel issues linked with the recording, Bever says "Have we had internal discussions about the level of professionalism we need to bring to our conversations, internally and externally? Of course we have, this is a lesson to learn from."

Ms. Palin was perhaps being too kind to call them "bastards."

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, October 31st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “KTVA ‘Goof’ Shows Bias Against Joe Miller”

  1. Chase says:

    “It’s unfortunate that this recording has happened.”

    He is sorry about the recording of the conversation, saying nothing of remorse that such a conversation would occur, period.

    No matter how hard liars try to supress their conscience, it still manages to let slip with the truth.

  2. proreason says:

    This is the year when all sorts are coming out of their closets.

    Clarity is good.

  3. NoNeoCommies says:

    And these are only the conversations we actually get to hear.
    Just how big is the rest of the hateful, bigoted, Liberal iceberg.

  4. Papa Louie says:

    Does anyone believe that a recording of the entire planning meeting would have revealed them discussing the need to find a registered sex offender at a Lisa Murkowski rally, or discussing her being punched? These media narcissists are not interested in just covering the news; they want to create the news. Only leftist elites think they’re so much smarter than the rest of us that it gives them the right to play God.


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