KTVA: Yeah, that was us, but it’s not what you think

posted at 1:48 pm on October 31, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The CBS affiliate in Alaska has confirmed that the voice mail recording left for a Joe Miller campaign worker did come from one of their reporters and did include part of a conversation strategizing their coverage — but KTVA management denies they wanted to cook the reporting on Miller’s rally.  Calling the allegations “untrue” and “absurd,” KTVA says that they were merely preparing for any eventuality.  Ben Smith has the press release at Politico:

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.”

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.”

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.”

Really?  Do most news stations strategize about finding child molesters in campaign rallies?  Let’s go back to the transcript:

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.

KTVA’s explanation is absurd.  What possible context can they put around the suggestion that they start looking for child molesters at a political rally in order to exploit that for their television coverage?  That’s a “potential what-if scenario”?   Is this a suggestion that came up in strategy sessions when discussing a McAdams campaign rally?

The only absolution KTVA could have possibly had was showing that this conversation didn’t take place among their staff, but was left on the voicemail by some other people or organization.  Even if KTVA approached coverage of every political event in this manner, it would be an embarrassment.  In this case, it shows a strong bias against Miller and gives a window into the editorial direction at KTVA.

Next up: will CBS management take action against their affiliate?


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This is the kind of press coverage Miller has been fighting all along. Then Lazy azz lower 48 journolisters repeat every stupid accusation as truth.

Their actually is a Corrupt Bastards Club with none other than Frank Murkowski!! Read about it in Going Rogue or check here:
http://www.adn.com/2006/09/05/479599/from-barroom-joke-to-federal-warrants.html

Buckeye Babe on October 31, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Wonder if Palin will put in a call to new BFF Mark Burnett to have him remind CBS of all he’s done for them. ;P

This is repulsive.

lansing quaker on October 31, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Out: Fake, but true
In: Real, but false

This is supposed to be an improvement?

“Yes, the evidence you have is real. But it totally doesn’t mean what it sounds like it means. We were, uhhh, trying to protect Miller. Yeah!!! That’s it!!!
Don’t think I’m falling for the Jedi mind trick….

There Goes The Neighborhood on October 31, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Didn’t Sharron Angle ban the local CBS affiliate there from her campaign?

SouthernGent on October 31, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Drudge is now headlining this

unseen on October 31, 2010 at 5:00 PM

From the Miller Campaign:

Now the media has gone from trying to create stories to openly lying. The audio was pulled directly from the voicemail message. Nothing was altered. “Everything that was recorded on my phone is what we released without change,” said Randy Desoto.

unseen on October 31, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Nope the race will be over early as lisa underperforms expectations
Miller will win the ballot with enough votes to place the race out of reach by the end of the night

unseen on October 31, 2010 at 4:11 PM

I thank you. That makes sense.

AnninCA on October 31, 2010 at 5:12 PM

I think that the Crist story and this one is the stuff that overcomes the reputation that the WH has pushed…they are just TOO radical.

Oh really?

Well, seriously, just what is “too radical,” anyway?

AnninCA on October 31, 2010 at 5:13 PM

The reporters can always blame Bush if all else fails. Strategery is so hard.

Kissmygrits on October 31, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Gotta love cell phones…
They dial themselves,
leave a trail of text and contact times right there… where ever you set them down,
they don’t always hang up,
now the new and improved versions come with gps and spy cameras that who knows who can hack to do who knows what,
cause traffic accidents,
possibly brain tumors,
are addictive,
cost a bunch per year…
and I refuse to have one.
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Not because of any of the reason above… But because having been-there-done-that… I prefer not being that easy.
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That all aside, there is now nothing that I would put pass the media. I trust none of them and they earned every bit of my distain and skepticism. Far too many edited video, open mics and obvious ambushes/soft balls.
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As Joe Friday use to say… Just the facts

RalphyBoy on October 31, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Why would anyone be surprised about this type of thing coming from CBS? CBS is still looking for Dan Rather’s magical typewriter.

Egfrow on October 31, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Yet more proof that the mainstream state-run media is lying to us 24/7/365

infidel4life on October 31, 2010 at 5:50 PM

The Corrupt Media Establishment is putting the Union at risk. They are playing with fire and don’t even seem to realize it. They better start questioning the basic, fundamental assumptions about what the worst than can happen could be.

TheBigOldDog on October 31, 2010 at 6:10 PM

What a shock.

CBS reporters conspiring on how to destroy a conservative with journalism.

I am outraged.

Someone should do something.

Brian1972 on October 31, 2010 at 6:20 PM

I miss those innocent days when I would have been surprised by this, but I have been weaned.

Slowburn on October 31, 2010 at 6:30 PM

CBS is despicable.
Murky is despicable.

Nothing more, nothing less.

Norwegian on October 31, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Not too much off topic, but Doesn’t Joe Miller look allot like a young Chuck Norris?

Egfrow on October 31, 2010 at 6:36 PM

This should become national news by tomorrow, just one day before the election. Sarah Palin calling the Alaska media totally corrupt should help Joe Miller.

I wonder if anyone has been able to tie the CBS reporters to Murkowski?

RUDYJ on October 31, 2010 at 6:38 PM

This is even more disgusting that the Crist story. I didn’t think that was possible.
Who knew Alaska was so cut throat in politics.
gophergirl on October 31, 2010 at 4:17 PM

So basically this shows the Dem/MSM is corrupt from the Extreme South East to the Extreme North West.

Remind me again who are the Extremist?

DSchoen on October 31, 2010 at 6:44 PM

For that affiliate GM to lie like that and expect anyone to believe him is the height of Progressive hubris.

kingsjester on October 31, 2010 at 6:48 PM

The initial damning evidence is pretty damning, but this ‘response’ is taking down another steps or two.

Do they truly believe their viewers or just people in general will buy their version of an excuse?

Sir Napsalot on October 31, 2010 at 6:52 PM

merely preparing for any eventuality

Phew ! We really weasled out of that one . Huh guys

Texyank on October 31, 2010 at 6:53 PM

And then there’s this. desperate flailing. The Breitbart recording is fake!

Buy Danish on October 31, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Gotta love cell phones…
they don’t always hang up,
now the new and improved versions come with gps and spy cameras that who knows who can hack to do who knows what,

RalphyBoy on October 31, 2010 at 5:31 PM

It’s easier than you think.
As part of the 1996 anti-terror law cell phones can be “turned on remotely” and used as a listing device by law enforcement.

“On Star” is on all the time, is actually true.

FBI taps cell phone mic as eavesdropping tool
Nextel cell phones owned by two alleged mobsters, John Ardito and his attorney … mobile providers can “remotely install a piece of software on to any handset, … refer to them as a “listening device placed in the cellular telephone. … Verizon Wireless said only that it “works closely with law enforcement and .

DSchoen on October 31, 2010 at 6:57 PM

This is not incompetence, this is “corruption”….

d1carter on October 31, 2010 at 2:12 PM

…and incompetent corruption at that.

PersonFromPorlock on October 31, 2010 at 7:05 PM

This is absolutely despicable, and if this station never intended for anything to come out of the conversation, why have it in the first place?

Seriously…I am so far done with msm’s. That includes local affiliates. The only time I tune in at all, is to catch local weather. I’ve just had enough of it.

capejasmine on October 31, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Many years ago the Conservative voice in print here in Alaska, The Anchorage Times was forced out of business by a leftist syndicate of newspapers against which the money of one man was not enough. He fought long and hard against overwhelming odds. Finally forced out of business, unable to compete with the Daily News and their unlimited funds he sold out to them. They had the presses shipped out of state at tremendous cost so that no other paper could use them to compete.
Now they stumble and fail as few Alaskans care to read their garbage. Now called the Daily Dead Fish Wrapper, that’s all it’s good for…that and starting a fire in yer woodstove.
This is symptomatic of and a clear indicator of the state of affairs in our news media here in Alaska and the lower 48.
The elitist attitude, the contempt that these “journalists” hold for the American people at large is no longer a subject for debate. They have zero respect for us and view us as receptacles for the garbage they deliver through our TV screens. They see themselves as the shepherds of the sheeple, coaxing us toward that part of the pasture they view as safe, telling us what we need to know in order to reach the conclusion they want us to reach.
They no longer have a purpose, at least not a productive one. There is no honor left among them. They are representatives of themselves and their own personal ideologies which they openly and nakedly support and defend.
What do we do with them? They are no longer an asset. They are clearly a threat to this Republic as they can no longer be trusted to do their actual job as the 4th Estate.
What will replace them?…or have they been replaced?

Army Brat on October 31, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Yet another edited Breitbart clip. What a surprise. Yawn.

Ian on October 31, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Next up: will CBS management take action against their affiliate?

CBS has little or no control over their affiliates. All CBS can do is to terminate the affiliation agreement. It would take a lot more than this incident for that to happen.

slp on October 31, 2010 at 8:16 PM

I’m sorry but as a random sample…..no one in our immediate office of about 90 people reads the local newspaper. If anyone cares about the news they get their news on the WEB.

And with stories like this……people like the pundits and BECK/RUSH/HANNITY etc. wonder why normal citizens tune this kind of trash out?

Please, this type of corruption is always part of the nasty of political life (across the globe). THAT being said, what the Alaska station did is of course should be enough to get them fired.

Palin might be righteously indignant about it but just as simply she might be trying to fire up the base, and at the same time realize that she needs a win in either AK or DE or the media will beat on her mercilessly over it (which they will……just like Wallace…..FOCUS ON THE RACES that “her” candidate loses).

PappyD61 on October 31, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Yet another edited Breitbart clip. What a surprise. Yawn.

Ian on October 31, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Really? Yawn? Well, I guess you’re so used to the corruption that surrounds and penetrates you and yours that this, in your jaded eyes, is worthy of naught but a yawn.
Edited? Are you serious?
Have you heard the audio? It’s not edited in any way.
How much corruption does it take to make an impression on one such as you? How bad does something have to stink before you can smell it? Is your head so far…elsewhere that you are totally bereft of your senses? I’m guessin’ yes…it is.

Army Brat on October 31, 2010 at 8:31 PM

I’m sorry but as a random sample…..no one in our immediate office of about 90 people reads the local newspaper. If anyone cares about the news they get their news on the WEB.

PappyD61 on October 31, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Unfortunately, that is only true for those of us that are involved politically. The mush middle, the people who don’t know what the issues are, can’t really name who their reps or senators are, and are easily swayed by nonsense like “yes we can” get their news from the local paper, local tv, etc.

And those people, unfortunately, are the people who generally decide the elections. That’s why everyone admits – generally even lefties – that media bias gives the dems about a 5% advantage with the “middle” – the swing voters.

Imagine – if you only got your news from ABC and local affiliates – you would be absolutely ignorant of the world at large. You would believe that Obamacare is going to reduce the deficite and that Obama “created or saved” millions of jobs and kept us out of the 2nd great depression.

I don’t think it is going to help the dems this year, but it still exists. That’s why leftists fight so hard to pretend the mainstream media isn’t biased toward the left. They know once that jig is up, there electoral chances diminish significantly.

Monkeytoe on October 31, 2010 at 8:41 PM

this is absurd. this affiliate is functioning as the arm of the murky campaign or dnc or something.

ted c on October 31, 2010 at 8:51 PM

“True, but inaccurate.”

Akzed on October 31, 2010 at 8:55 PM

HAHAHA!!! The evidence is true, but you didn’t hear what err… what you heard.

MrX on October 31, 2010 at 9:08 PM

I want to say this is a new low but they can get lower. Count on it. I can’t decide if we are seeing China because she owns us or because we’ve dug a hole so deep we now have a full-on hole right through the center of planet Earth.

BrideOfRove on October 31, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Army Brat on October 31, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Bravo!!! I couldn’t agree more, and you conveyed it so well!!!

capejasmine on October 31, 2010 at 9:32 PM

Surely the Alaskans who are outraged by this will go after this affiliate’s FCC license. I hope they do.

Is this moving the polls at all in this race?

I can’t wait to hear what Rush will say about this on Monday. I will set my iphone alarm so I remember to turn on my Rush 24/7.

karenhasfreedom on October 31, 2010 at 9:59 PM

“the reported transcript of the perceived garbled conversation.”

That line is so lame that it’s just plain sad. “Reported?” “Perceived?” “Garbled?” The oozing arrogance of this response is almost worse than the disgusting conversation to which it refers.

It is true, as Bernie Goldberg has repeatedly said, that local news reporting is even more biased than the national MSM.

notropis on October 31, 2010 at 10:03 PM

It is true, as Bernie Goldberg has repeatedly said, that local news reporting is even more biased than the national MSM.
notropis on October 31, 2010 at 10:03 PM

No one ever went to journalism school because he wanted to report local news. Small-time reporters HATE their jobs more than life itself.

The only thing local reporters live for is the tiny chance that someday they’ll catch the eye of the alphabet news producers. And any reporter stuck in Alaska these days, knows full well that smearing Palin is their only ticket to the big time.

logis on October 31, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Army Brat on October 31, 2010 at 8:31 PM

Very well said.

infidel4life on October 31, 2010 at 10:33 PM

Oh oh. Dana Bash of CNN says Leza Mucokesniffy not promising to caucus with Republicans. (Via Mark Levin):

“Woah. Lisa murkowski just made really clear to our drew griffin in alaska republicans can’t count on her to be w them.”

Buy Danish on October 31, 2010 at 10:43 PM

Slime on slime. I want those libs and dems to get creamed. KOed.Murkowski is rotten too. A write-in republican who lost in the republican primary?? Bunch of crap. I want Miller to win so bad. He`s got the right stuff. The others can go and get stuffed as far as I care.

Angry for a good reason?

You bet!

Sherman1864 on October 31, 2010 at 10:45 PM

CBS has little or no control over their affiliates. All CBS can do is to terminate the affiliation agreement. It would take a lot more than this incident for that to happen.

slp on October 31, 2010 at 8:16 PM

I don’t think they will terminate the agreement, but the choice is CBS’s to make. There are certain contractual obligations that both the network and the affiliate must meet, but among those is that the affiliate not bring “disrepute” to the network. That being the case, though they would be well within their rights, I don’t believe it’ll happen.

gryphon202 on October 31, 2010 at 11:22 PM

Did anyone hear Rick Santorum trashing Miller on the Bill Bennett program on Friday? What the……?????

mobydutch on October 31, 2010 at 11:53 PM

Well we should all call CBS and demand that they stop all affiliation with that station. CBS wont do a damn thing untill and unless WE THE PEOPLE demand the CHANGE.
WE HAVE THE POWER . Wield it people.
The left media bias only works as long as WE the People do nothing to stop it.

ColdWarrior57 on November 1, 2010 at 12:10 AM

Don’t worry folks. I’m sure Lisa’s lawyers will hit the station tomorrow with a threatened lawsuit for illegal electioneering.

CJ on November 1, 2010 at 12:21 AM

ENDING TO THIS THREAD: PPP October 31 survey: Miller +7

TheAlamos on November 1, 2010 at 1:38 AM

CBS = Corrupt Bastards on Steroids.
Merovign on October 31, 2010 at 4:47 PM

pretty close

What do we do with them? [the MSM] They are no longer an asset. They are clearly a threat to this Republic as they can no longer be trusted to do their actual job as the 4th Estate.
What will replace them?…or have they been replaced?
Army Brat on October 31, 2010 at 7:42 PM

The fourth estate is whatever people are willing to buy.
If no one buys, they dies.
Who keeps them straight? Us

Right now, the MSM is a conglomerate of money men and their minions, rich enough to fund networks, and buy bandwidth. They almost cornered the market of distribution only to be foiled by the web. As long as there is a way to bypass the gates of distribution, the fourth estate is not dead.

If someone produces a newspackage people wish to read, it will sell

Meanwhile money can’t buy the favor the CBS gigglers did for the Miller campaign. A pol-op could not have timed this event better, at the breaking point of the election run down. Now it is up to Miller supporters to spread the transcript throughout the land

CBS: Chicken-fried B. S.

entagor on November 1, 2010 at 2:03 AM

2009-2010: The Battle of Palin against the Liberal and Establishment Media

Palin has fully confronted the lies and corruptions of the Media!

TheAlamos on November 1, 2010 at 2:41 AM

BS excuse but they have to try to downplay

I still think they should all be herded into the station,

lock the doors

set on fire

Sonosam on November 1, 2010 at 2:49 AM

BS excuse but they have to try to downplay

I still think they should all be herded into the station,

lock the doors

set on fire

Sonosam on November 1, 2010 at 2:49 AM

Uh sorry…but we don’t advocate burning our enemies alive. Even in jest.

That’s just a smidge too Sharia-esque, if you catch my drift.

powerpro on November 1, 2010 at 3:07 AM

Just remember ” There is no such thing as left wing media bias”
That is all, there is nothing to see here, move along.

ColdWarrior57 on November 1, 2010 at 6:37 AM

I need a palate cleanser.

diogenes on November 1, 2010 at 6:45 AM

“While the recording is real, the allegations are untrue,”

who’re you going to believe, that recording or your lying ears….?

ted c on November 1, 2010 at 6:55 AM

Does this group of J-Tards do what-if scenarios when Bill Clinton comes to town?

It’s not good when a country has no legitimate journalism. The journalism profession needs a good flush, and to just start over.

MNHawk on November 1, 2010 at 7:51 AM

What I have said to my kids & students for years since technology became so prevalent:
Whatever comes out of your mouth & whatever is typed from your fingers, act like the whole world is going to see & hear it, especially those whom you do NOT want to see it.
They never listen to me.

Badger40 on November 1, 2010 at 8:19 AM

Now, Lisa is doing the Crist dance and saying she may not caucus with the GOP.

I wonder if the GOP establishment has noticed that politicians coming from their own ranks have an uncanny way of showing people just how slimy they really are these days.

Amazing.

AnninCA on November 1, 2010 at 8:25 AM

I think KTVA’s owners are in bankruptcy, but here’s the guy who owns most of the stock: Dean Singleton

MTF on November 1, 2010 at 8:31 AM

Next up: will CBS management take action against their affiliate?

Where do you think they learned this kind of behavior?

FireBlogger on November 1, 2010 at 9:17 AM

It’s not good when a country has no legitimate journalism. The journalism profession needs a good flush, and to just start over.

MNHawk on November 1, 2010 at 7:51 AM

Writers, editors, J-school teachers and department heads…
That much excremental effluent will clog the bowl.

Extrafishy on November 1, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Hypocrisy is a universal phenomenon on the left. I do not know if it is in their genes or a conscious decision in the majority of the left. When hypocrisy is a conscious decision it is disgusting, but few of us on the right are conscious hypocrites. It appears that in the old media it is a prerequisite and a badge of honor to be a conscious hypocrite. It is easy for the common man to argue ourselves into views that pander to our own self-interests and prejudices and sincerely find nobility in them and it is human nature to do so. Let me use an example that does not refer to the corrupt media. When the working man from the right who makes under $200,000.00 argues that it is not fair to tax those making over that a larger percentage of tax than himself, what self-interest can be found in his motives? When a person from the left is in the same economic situation and argues it is moral to tax those making more than himself the self-interest is obvious. The person is either profiting from his position or wants to hurt those who make more money than himself. What other reason could there be? Now either the last example is a conscious hypocrite or that person has talked them self into a position of arguing for self-interest.

Grayzel on November 1, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Now, Lisa is doing the Crist dance and saying she may not caucus with the GOP.

I wonder if the GOP establishment has noticed that politicians coming from their own ranks have an uncanny way of showing people just how slimy they really are these days.

Amazing.

AnninCA on November 1, 2010 at 8:25 AM

It would be political suicide for Melankowski Baby to not caucus with Republicans if she wins, and to reveal that before the election. Alaska is a solidly Republican state, where George W. Bush won 61% of the vote in 2004 without even campaigning there, while Lisa Murkowski only won 51%.

Murkowski’s only selling point to Alaskans after her loss in the primary is her 8 years’ seniority in the Senate, relative to Joe Miller. If she refuses to caucus with Republicans, she will lose any Republican support she may have had for her write-in campaign, and split the non-Republican vote with the Democrat.

The lose-the-primary-run-as-indie-caucus-with-dems strategy didn’t work for Charlie Crist in Florida, where Rubio leads by double-digits, and Alaska has a much more conservative electorate than Florida. Murkowski’s interests have become crystal clear–she doesn’t care about Republicans, nor issues, nor Alaska–it’s all about her own ego and “her” Senate seat bequeathed by her father.

It’s Miller time in Alaska…

Steve Z on November 1, 2010 at 12:40 PM

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