Accuracy in Media

Joe Miller who upset Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the GOP primary in Alaska was the target of an apparent plot by the local CBS affiliate to deliver a devastating blow to his campaign just prior to the general election.

In an voice mail left bu KTVA assignment editor Nick McDermott to Miller spokesman Randy DeSoto can be heard discussing with other reporters the possibility of creating or fabricating stories on the GOP nominee.

According to the Miller campaign McDermott when asked to confirm the message sent DeSoto a text saying “Damn iPhone … I left you a long message.  I thought I hung up.  Sorry.”

Sorry?  He and his staff plan to sabotage a U.S. Senate campaign and that’s all he can say is sorry?

McDermott and the reporters involved should be summarily fired for this action that has breached all ethical standards of news gathering and reporting but so far the station management has been strangely silent on the matter.

Liberals continue to claim that their is no such thing as liberal media bias and that if bias exists it is from the conservative side as they cite Fox News’ success.  But the reality is that liberal media bias does exist and even more so during this election cycle as the media and the Democrats stand to lose big on Tuesday.

UPDATE

KTVA Responds

“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.”

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.”

Bever is trying to be clever but does anyone really believe that they were discussing “what if” scenarios?

UPDATE #2

KTVA Fires producers involved in phone call.

Here is a transcript of the recording.




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