Fair and balanced editorial boards, Oregon edition

posted at 6:31 pm on May 4, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

For most all candidates seeking office, particularly in state and local level elections, meetings with the editorial board of the local dead tree press are one of the unpleasant facts of life on the campaign trail. This experience, at least for Republican candidates, tends to be proportionately more unpleasant the closer one gets to an ocean. One set of GOP hopefuls got to experience this first hand recently in Oregon when they sat down with the board of the Willamette Week. As Fox News reports, a senate candidate was asked to leave the room after pointing out activities by a reporter which were beyond the pale even for a very liberal press outlet.

A Republican Senate candidate was kicked out of a local Oregon newspaper’s editorial board meeting after daring to challenge a reporter who dissed a fellow candidate by writing “blah blah blah” in his notes instead of her actual quotes.

The entire argument was captured on video and posted online by the newspaper, Willamette Week…

The video shows an editorial board meeting where the newspaper was interviewing Republican candidates for Senate. One of those candidates, Jo Rae Perkins, was responding to a question over the phone when Callahan noticed something was amiss.

“You want to talk about disrespect, I see what you’re writing down there,” he said, pointing at a reporter at the table. “You just wrote down ‘blah blah blah blah blah’ for everything that Jo Rae said. Jo Rae is a respectable woman. Why are you not respecting her by writing ‘blah blah blah blah blah’ on your notepad?”

Even if it weren’t for the physical evidence of the reporter’s complete lack of interest in providing any sort of unbiased evaluation of the candidates’ positions, the rest of the questions were a dead giveaway. In an attempt to change the subject, Callahan was then asked if he thought climate change was “a myth or reality.” The follow-up question apparently sealed the deal.

“Where are you on the Easter Bunny?”

I’ve had to sit through a few of these over the years with candidates and they can be really infuriating events, but even in New York I’ve never run into one quite this bad. But we can’t let that discourage people from running for office. All we can do is return to the age old question which really spawned the evolution of modern blogging in the first place…

Why, oh why, can’t we have a decent media?


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Blah, blah, bishop, blah, blah

Doc Holliday on May 4, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Why any Conservative would even submit themselves to such a grilling by these mental midgets in the first place is beyond me. As for the candidates that remained, any respect for them has been lost. Gutless!

HiramRevels on May 4, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Apparently that ‘reporter’ was paid regardless of the quality of his behavior or his work.

Deep and abiding open disrespect for people with differing or opposing views has become a hallmark of membership for the LEFT. If anyone isn’t possessed of it and doesn’t display it at every opportunity that individual simply doesn’t ‘belong, and ‘belonging’ is the imperative when one’s boss is on the LEFT side of the aisle.

thatsafactjack on May 4, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Blah, blah, bishop, blah, blah

Doc Holliday on May 4, 2014 at 6:36 PM

LOL!

VegasRick on May 4, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Just curious, but do we have any groups on the right that offer journalism internships for students?

Gives them both exposure and experience, and provides them with an opportunity separate from what they’ll get a liberal media sources.

Maybe this could be considered for other forms of media, too. (Like films)

lineholder on May 4, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Cries of media bias by the right are laughable.
 
urban elitist on January 2, 2012 at 10:13 PM

rogerb on May 4, 2014 at 6:41 PM

According to reports, the man who asks the “Easter Bunny” question is Nigel Jaquiss, and the editor/moderator heard in the video is Mark Zusman.

Shame on them both for such unprofessional, childish conduct.

bluegill on May 4, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Cries of media bias by the right are laughable.

urban elitist on January 2, 2012 at 10:13 PM

rogerb on May 4, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Where are all of the dummies?

VegasRick on May 4, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Shame on them both for such unprofessional, childish conduct.

bluegill on May 4, 2014 at 6:43 PM

You expect something different from these type of people? Please……………

VegasRick on May 4, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Nigel Jaquiss (“blah blah blah” “Easter bunny”) has a Pulitzer Prize so I’m sure he’s the South Park bend over after breaking wind type.

Marcus on May 4, 2014 at 6:46 PM

That was bound to happen when the right willingly gave up on public education, academia, mass media and all but some niche entertainment. You slash your own windpipe, then you start wondering why you have difficulty breathing?

Rix on May 4, 2014 at 6:48 PM

As someone wrote on Twitter, I wonder how the whole Easter Bunny egg hunt is coming along for that paper, and have they found egg on their faces yet?

bluegill on May 4, 2014 at 6:49 PM

“… Why are you not respecting her by writing ‘blah blah blah blah blah’ on your notepad?”

It’s the same respect the Left has for the Constitution — and exactly what they think of what it says …

ShainS on May 4, 2014 at 6:49 PM

It should be noted that this is a local alt-weekly that doesn’t hide the fact they have a liberal tilt. Also, the candidate that was speaking when the reporter wrote down “blah blah blah” was going extremely off-topic.

They were talking about health care and the candidate went off on some tangent about the very pressing issue of eliminating the U.S. Forest Service..

Ian on May 4, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Nigel Jaquiss (“blah blah blah” “Easter bunny”) has a Pulitzer Prize so I’m sure he’s the South Park bend over after breaking wind type.
Marcus on May 4, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Nigel Jaquiss, hmmm… is “Jaquiss” French for jackass?

bluegill on May 4, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Ian on May 4, 2014 at 6:49 PM

In Oregon, that is a pressing issue. Timber is still a major employer and a key resource to the state.

thatsafactjack on May 4, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Funniest thing all day, I’m going out and saying all year.
Blah blah blah blah, you got that? Dont have me repeat myself.

phatfawzi on May 4, 2014 at 6:55 PM

That was bound to happen when the right willingly gave up on public education, academia, mass media and all but some niche entertainment. You slash your own windpipe, then you start wondering why you have difficulty breathing?

Rix on May 4, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Actually, there was a lot of kicking and screaming in some quarters as “the right” were dragged out of their schools by the Supreme Court, denied tenure (and even employment) in academia, fired from the mass media, and shunned by Hollywood.
Not exactly a willing surrender; however, I will grant that a lot of the take-over was by stealth, which was not recognized until too late because “the right” wasn’t expecting “the left” to lie their way into power quite so efficaciously.

AesopFan on May 4, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Is this a Gannett pub by chance?

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah….

Easter Bunny….

Cover Oregon….

$248 million

Blah, blah, blah.

MichaelGabriel on May 4, 2014 at 7:00 PM

AesopFan on May 4, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Well said. I’d just add the systemic nepotism and cronyism practiced by the left to flood academia, the media, and film and television industry with ‘the right people’ and it was a fait accomplis.

thatsafactjack on May 4, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Ian on May 4, 2014 at 6:49 PM

If you actually watch the interview, the question asked of her was “what would you do to reduce the size of the government?” She asked if she could respond to the ObamaCare question that was asked of the other candidates, and was told, “no, respond to the question we asked,” which was, of course, about reducing the size of the government. So she did.

The paper is flat-out lying about the question she was asked.

notropis on May 4, 2014 at 7:03 PM

It should be noted that this is a local alt-weekly that doesn’t hide the fact they have a liberal tilt. Also, the candidate that was speaking when the reporter wrote down “blah blah blah” was going extremely off-topic.

They were talking about health care and the candidate went off on some tangent about the very pressing issue of eliminating the U.S. Forest Service..

Ian

So, that makes it right? Gotcha. Thanks for clarifying it.

Gothguy on May 4, 2014 at 7:05 PM

It’s a local free rag,

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willamette_Week.

It’s craiglist in print.

We have the same thing here called the Tucson Weekly.

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Oregon is the only thing keeping WA State from being the Joke of the Northwest.

Thanks, losers!

Tard on May 4, 2014 at 7:08 PM

There was a follow up editorial on the Willamette Week website DEFENDING this behavior and saying it was justified, and they doubled down on it…

Even when they are caught in the act, they have no shame and still defend their actions.

tcufrog on May 4, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Scumbags.

forest on May 4, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Nigel Jaquiss, hmmm… is “Jaquiss” French for jackass?

bluegill on May 4, 2014 at 6:50 PM

…my French dictionary…says… jackoff!

KOOLAID2 on May 4, 2014 at 7:10 PM

It’s not a paper. It’s that free shite at the bus stop that the bums use for a pillow.

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 7:14 PM

It should be noted that this is a local alt-weekly that doesn’t hide the fact they have a liberal tilt. Also, the candidate that was speaking when the reporter wrote down “blah blah blah” was going extremely off-topic.

They were talking about health care and the candidate went off on some tangent about the very pressing issue of eliminating the U.S. Forest Service..

Ian

So, that makes it right? Gotcha. Thanks for clarifying it.

Gothguy on May 4, 2014 at 7:05 PM

But of course! Jacka$$ed douchebaggery is *always* acceptable – may, to be expected – from the left, silly!

Midas on May 4, 2014 at 7:15 PM

There was a follow up editorial on the Willamette Week website DEFENDING this behavior and saying it was justified, and they doubled down on it…

Even when they are caught in the act, they have no shame and still defend their actions.

tcufrog on May 4, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Just another of the multiple daily examples we see proving that some folks simply need – desperately need a good a$$kicking every once in awhile.

Midas on May 4, 2014 at 7:16 PM

…my French dictionary…says… jackoff!
KOOLAID2 on May 4, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Lol

bluegill on May 4, 2014 at 7:19 PM

It should be noted that this is a local alt-weekly that doesn’t hide the fact they have a liberal tilt. Also, the candidate that was speaking when the reporter wrote down “blah blah blah” was going extremely off-topic.

They were talking about health care and the candidate went off on some tangent about the very pressing issue of eliminating the U.S. Forest Service..

Ian on May 4, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Ah, well that seals it then, she deserved the treatment she got.

Bishop on May 4, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Again,, it’s not a newspaper. It’s a prog FREE rag at the bus station.

This is our version:
http://m.tucsonweekly.com/

Nobody takes them seriously. It’s birdcage liner.

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 7:21 PM

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Which means it makes its money by selling classifieds for people seeking people, animals, people and animals, etc.

Bishop on May 4, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Just curious, but do we have any groups on the right that offer journalism internships for students?

Gives them both exposure and experience, and provides them with an opportunity separate from what they’ll get a liberal media sources.

Maybe this could be considered for other forms of media, too. (Like films)

lineholder on May 4, 2014 at 6:40 PM

But, who would hire them?

HiJack on May 4, 2014 at 7:25 PM

ah, well that seals it then, she deserved the treatment she got. Bishop on May 4, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Pretty much. You walk in to a interview with Pravda,, you get an interview with Pravda.

It’s a local free rag. The back 1/2 is medical pot and sex ads, if it’s like ours.

Why would you even sink to that?

You should know not to even go there. unless you are looking to hook up with a transvestite, it’s not worth a read.

It’s a free trash rag. There are no standards.

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 7:30 PM

In other news, 5000 copies of the free Willamette Weekly were found floating in the Willamette River.

When asked about the incident, local Republican leaders responded :

“Blub, blub, blub.”

MichaelGabriel on May 4, 2014 at 7:32 PM

See also “Falls Church (VA) News Press”

bernzright777 on May 4, 2014 at 7:33 PM

which means it makes its money by selling classifieds for people seeking people, animals, people and animals, etc. Bishop on May 4, 2014 at 7:22 PM

True. But they won’t do gun ads. They have standards.

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 7:34 PM

According to reports, the man who asks the “Easter Bunny” question is Nigel Jaquiss, and the editor/moderator heard in the video is Mark Zusman.

Shame on them both for such unprofessional, childish conduct.

bluegill on May 4, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Jaquiss is actually a PulPrize winner, per Wikipedia:

Nigel Jaquiss (born 1962) is an American journalist who won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, for his work exposing former Oregon Governor Neil Goldschmidt’s sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl while he was mayor of Portland, Oregon. His story was published in Willamette Week in May 2004. He continues to write for Willamette Week.[1]

He took down another mayor as well, for the same sin, and tackled the public utility for manipulating its bond rating.
It’s probably a given in Oregon, but I had to go to the articles on both mayors to discover they were Democrats.
Which doesn’t mean he wasn’t being unprofessional and childish in this event, which has already been added to his Wiki bio.

It should be noted that this is a local alt-weekly that doesn’t hide the fact they have a liberal tilt. Also, the candidate that was speaking when the reporter wrote down “blah blah blah” was going extremely off-topic.

They were talking about health care and the candidate went off on some tangent about the very pressing issue of eliminating the U.S. Forest Service..

Ian on May 4, 2014 at 6:49 PM

In Oregon, that is a pressing issue. Timber is still a major employer and a key resource to the state.

thatsafactjack on May 4, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Let’s go to the video, my friends:
The question asked was “How would you trim the Federal Government?”; Perkins then asked if she could be allowed to respond to a previous question on the ACA (Callahan did also), then there was the first kerfluffle, and then her Forest Service answer, followed by the second bite of Callahan’s complaint.

I think the WW board demonstrated quite conclusively that they were exactly what Callahan called them:

Maybe it was the way our “thin-skinned liberal” editors helpfully pointed the direction in which Callahan might find the door. (To our left, and to his right, of course.)

(FWIW, the guy speaking before the dust-up was very impressive. However, I would object to this entire slate of GOP candidates because they didn’t get up and walk out the door with Callahan.)

PS The WW misspelled Jo Rae Perkins name on their own site.

Maybe it was the part where Callahan rebuked our reporter Nigel Jaquiss for writing “blah blah blah” in his notepad while another candidate, Joe Rae Perkins, who was supposed to be talking about health care, was instead talking about eliminating the U.S. Forest Service.

AesopFan on May 4, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Martini, Jazz.

*clink*

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Most disappointing is that the other candidates didn’t get up and leave when this guy got dismissed. They’ve sealed their fates as being tooled by the commie press for the rest of the election.

Smegley on May 4, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Again,, it’s not a newspaper. It’s a prog FREE rag at the bus station.

This is our version:
http://m.tucsonweekly.com/

Nobody takes them seriously. It’s birdcage liner.

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Ah, you mean Escort Service ads with some news thrown in? Yep, Atlanta has one too.

slickwillie2001 on May 4, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Willamette Week isn’t a newspaper. It’s an advertising flyer.

kcewa on May 4, 2014 at 7:41 PM

The paper is flat-out lying about the question she was asked.

notropis on May 4, 2014 at 7:03 PM

You beat me to it, the same way Jaquiss got his prize (by getting his version on-line before the competition came out).

Jaquiss almost lost his prize-winning scoop about Neil Goldschmidt when he and his editor (Mark Zusman) decided to give Goldschmidt a full week to respond to the allegations Willamette Week was planning to make. Goldschmidt, who had previously told Zusman to “go get ‘em” after a lunch in the middle of the paper’s investigation, took his story to The Oregonian instead. Zusman told the newspaper industry magazine Editor & Publisher that he and Jaquiss decided to post the story online immediately, so as not to risk being beat by the daily. Jaquiss’ Pulitzer represented only the third weekly paper that had been awarded a Pulitzer.[2]

Who waits a week for a scoop target to respond?

AesopFan on May 4, 2014 at 7:44 PM

they all should’ve walked out. don’t pander to the idiots and they’ll change.

dk0sntrukt on May 4, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Surprised the report wasn’t idly scribbling “Dude!” all over his notes.

de rigueur on May 4, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Surprised the reporter wasn’t idly scribbling “Dude!” all over his notes.

FIFM

de rigueur on May 4, 2014 at 7:47 PM

they all should’ve walked out. don’t pander to the idiots and they’ll change.

dk0sntrukt on May 4, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Exactly.

Maybe Rix was correct to taunt the Right for giving in.

That was bound to happen when the right willingly gave up on public education, academia, mass media and all but some niche entertainment. You slash your own windpipe, then you start wondering why you have difficulty breathing?

Rix on May 4, 2014 at 6:48 PM

AesopFan on May 4, 2014 at 7:53 PM

ah, you mean Escort Service ads with some news thrown in? Yep, Atlanta has one too. slickwillie2001 on May 4, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Bingo.

Although our official newspaper isn’t much better. You have to pay for it and it’s thinner.

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Our local version has a “ask a mexican” section.

Ed would be appalled at the terminology thrown around.

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM

It’s interesting that they went on to endorse Conger who seems to be the most conservative of the two main candidates.

kcewa on May 4, 2014 at 8:03 PM

If one throws “blah blah media” at a wall, will it stick?

Yes…

drfredc on May 4, 2014 at 8:09 PM

20 years ago i watched up close for two years students in masters program in journalism at uc berkekey. most were race hustlers who would not even sit with u if u were not in their group.

sad

J.B. Say on May 4, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Why, oh why, can’t we have a decent media?

1962 Port Huron “Manifesto”.

“It’s the end of the world as we know it …”

The diaper-wearing crowd of academia lefties have permeated everything. Our society wreaks with their overly used waste receptacles. Honestly, “progressivism” is just warm-over communism, an age-old green monster of infantile “humanism”.

Lotta hyphenated stuff. Oh well. I just hope I am not around for the collapse these rodents are creating. If a little is good, more must be better. It is the oxygen toxicity of sitting in class rooms too long.

Chuck Ef on May 4, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Its what happens when people who can’t think for themselves are challenged. Jacqass is either lazy or stupid and lazy. My guess is Callahan cruises to the Senate after embarrassing the editorial board of this leftist rag.

Ellis on May 4, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Journalists always leaned left, but Watergate attracted leftists without any scruples into “J-Schools.” we are now on the second or third generation of post-Watergate media members.

On television newscasts announcers and producers knowingly report “Bridgegate” while totally ignoring Fast & Furious, the IRS scandal, voter fraud, etc.

Things won’t be getting any better with the students currently in “J-School.” NewsBusters.org recently ten minutes of a clip with a bunch of American University “J-School” students. The main thing they wanted to do was “get into Ted Cruz’s face.”

bw222 on May 4, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Liberal, ignorant, garbage. They cheat the buyers of their birdcage liner.

ultracon on May 4, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Why, oh why, can’t we have a decent media?

Because for the last fifty or so years, conservative Americans looked down upon journalism as a worthy vocation for their children.

The Libs on the other hand had quite the opposite view it would seem.

But, if you want your truck fixed, have a plumbing problem, or your roof replaced, see your local conservative vendor.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 4, 2014 at 8:56 PM

if anyone interested I also have full version (90+ minutes) here
http://www.theconservativevoices.com/media/cat/political/the-right-fights-back/oregon-republican-calls-out-liberal-reporter-full-version-r752

the source server kept disconnecting when I tried to view before and after stuff on this one so I self hosted the it.
wasn’t much really said about the issue but figured someone may want to see it

dmacleo on May 4, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 4, 2014 at 8:56 PM

You are correct in that many conservatives are motivated by financial gain. Jobs have been going away in the journalism field for at least 30 years. Newspapers have been folding, pay rates for rookies and experienced reporters are far below what other professions earn. Whenever you read about the majors with a poor future or the worst majors students can choose, Journalism is among the five worst.

Also, if you remember back to your college days, “J-School” isn’t known for having the “brightest and best” brains on campus. For many, “J-School” is a refuge for kids that can’t do science or math,

bw222 on May 4, 2014 at 9:10 PM

What is missing here is that WW (Williamette Weekly) has a reputation around here for covering stories that The Oregonian (The Zero) either won’t touch or drops due to what is assumed to be corruption.
Everything around here is liberal but WW and their disgusting behavior here will do their reputation no favors. It’s hard to claim you’re the the answer to The Oregonian’s nonsense when your behavior is exactly the same.

ORconservative on May 4, 2014 at 9:10 PM

How many times do I have to say this: These people are NOT journalists! They are propagandists with an agenda.

EdmundBurke247 on May 4, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Most disappointing is that the other candidates didn’t get up and leave when this guy got dismissed. They’ve sealed their fates as being tooled by the commie press for the rest of the election.

Smegley on May 4, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Yep. The dark haired woman slunked (if that is a word) down in her chair a tad. Sad.

CW on May 4, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Journalists always leaned left, but Watergate attracted leftists without any scruples into “J-Schools.” we are now on the second or third generation of post-Watergate media members.

****

Things won’t be getting any better with the students currently in “J-School.” NewsBusters.org recently ten minutes of a clip with a bunch of American University “J-School” students. The main thing they wanted to do was “get into Ted Cruz’s face.”

bw222 on May 4, 2014 at 8:42 PM

At the time of Watergate, there were only a couple accredited “Schools of Journalism” existing, Columbia being the most prominent. “Journalism” classes were typically under English Departments and taught by the faculty who weren’t smart enough to teach Shakespeare, Lit Crit, or 20th Century American Novels.

To meet the demand of fresh-faced youths wanting to “make a difference,” many universities created “J schools” by merely pulling those lousy professors into a new department. Naturally, they were almost all radical leftists who wore tweed blazers over black turtlenecks and sported goatees and longish hair, and virtually none had ever worked a day as a reporter.

◦◦○◦◦○

Reporters typically had not been college grads, but worked their way up from copy boys and local beats to political reporting, learning the craft by doing it along the way. The influx of “journalism majors” led editors to hire the degrees (back in the day, before everyone could go to college, the paper itself was assumed to be a sign of worthiness – mistakenly).

Note that all this began happening in the mid-1970s, along with the creation of the federal Department of Education, the peak of adult literacy in America, and the peak of paid newspaper circulation. It’s been straight downhill for education, literacy, newspapers, and journalism ever since.

Adjoran on May 4, 2014 at 9:17 PM

bw222 on May 4, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Good points. So, I’m thinking that the term “journalism” may not be quite what we need to focus on so much as may “(dis)information specialist”. In that case so-called traditional “journalism” is actually going through a transition into a different form of maintaining the status quo, along with the field of psychology probably.

At any rate, it’s the same types that control TV, advertising, Hollywood and the publishing media (and that doesn’t matter if it’s paper or electronic). We know they continuously seek to control radio (talk in particular) and the internet as well. Don’t think that the PTB can’t do either. With everything becoming increasingly interwoven into digital systems, that task is becoming easier, not more difficult.

That still leaves conservatives out of the information loop for the most part given the career choices that we tend to make.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 4, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 4, 2014 at 9:43 PM

The “news” (a term I use loosely) departments at Yahoo and Google are just as slanted to the left as the NY Times and WaPo.

bw222 on May 4, 2014 at 9:59 PM

So was the moderator the same Neil Goldschmidt that had an affair with a 13 year old girl?

etbliss on May 4, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Was disappointed that all the candidates didn’t leave in protest. Kudos to to him for standing up to this liberal thug ‘journalist’

sadsushi on May 4, 2014 at 10:07 PM

they all should’ve walked out.

Correct.

don’t pander to the idiots and they’ll change.

dk0sntrukt on May 4, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Incorrect.

They won’t change.

Midas on May 4, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Yep. The dark haired woman slunked (if that is a word) down in her chair a tad. Sad.

CW on May 4, 2014 at 9:16 PM

GODWIN ALERT

The only thing the other candidates risked was being bad-mouthed by a press organ that had already announced they were NOT fair and balanced, and had proven that they would pre-judge a candidate’s reply as “not interesting” before she even made it.
So, what did they have to lose by supporting Callahan and walking out?

Now, imagine a situation where Callahan was not just shown the door, but perp-walked out of it by armed guards and never heard from again.

Where is the “red line” between the two?

AesopFan on May 4, 2014 at 10:22 PM

I ran for office once, city council, nothing big. One of the things I learned is that it doesn’t matter what the candidate wants to say, what matters is what the “journalist” wants to print.

“Journalists” are the gatekeepers for issues, etc.

CrazyGene on May 4, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Reporters’ synonyms:

1950: Journalists.
2014: Presstitutes.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on May 4, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Willamette Week is a “alternative” weekly newspaper that toes the leftist line in most things. Basically they are a cookie cutter “progressive” rag like all of the others.

But there is one area where they differ from the rest.

They actually do investigative journalism. Even more surprisingly is that they do investigative stories that expose misdeeds of Progressive lawmakers and candidates.

I guess that they must have a pretty strong wall between their editorial and news gathering functions.

I would wager that the reporter in this case is from their editorial side.

Yeah, they’re a$$holes. But, they’re not ALL a$$holes.

schmuck281 on May 4, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Point of logic:

The reporter interrupted by asking, “What’s your position on the Easter bunny?” Then the moderator blamed Callahan for the interruption.

Pythagoras on May 4, 2014 at 11:03 PM

I’d like to see more Republicans fight. I’d like to see Republicans, when there are newspapers with obvious bias, put out a note on their website saying they refuse to meet with the editorial board because of their obvious bias and just put up questions and answers on their own websites so people know what their positions are.

bflat879 on May 4, 2014 at 11:17 PM

The whole video is here:

http://vimeo.com/92958259

Skip to 1:06:10 to see the action.

The moderator is actually worse than the “reporter” who asked the Easter bunny question because he blames Callahan for interrupting when it was the “reporter” who interrupted.

Pythagoras on May 4, 2014 at 11:22 PM

It should be noted that this is a local alt-weekly that doesn’t hide the fact they have a liberal tilt.

Fair enough, but it does seem to be presenting itself as a legit news site, not The Daily Show, so it’s still misrepresenting itself a bit.

Also, the candidate that was speaking when the reporter wrote down “blah blah blah” was going extremely off-topic.

They were talking about health care and the candidate went off on some tangent about the very pressing issue of eliminating the U.S. Forest Service..

Ian on May 4, 2014 at 6:49 PM

I didn’t watch the whole video, but others have said this is a lie.

Regardless, how would going off topic even warrant notes like that? In what office (or any place really) is that at all considered professional?

If she went off topic, then shouldn’t the notes reflect that? What’s he going to do with “blah, blah” when it comes to writing about this later?

Esthier on May 5, 2014 at 12:12 AM

It’s a local free rag,

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willamette_Week.

It’s craiglist in print.

Actually it’s a very good local weekly. Their investigative journalism frequently shames the major papers (Oregonian and Register Guard) and they are often singled out for journalism awards.

But they don’t say what you want to them to say so you wouldn’t care about any of that, right?

Tlaloc on May 5, 2014 at 12:49 AM

The main problem with the political class is that they love publicity, so they’re in awe of journalists.

Speaking as an ex-music journalist of ten years’ experience, I can say with no fear of contradiction that journalists are–by and large–nightmarish homunculi rotten to the core with pathologies.

Now that they’ve been taught that there’s no such thing as objective truth, journalism is worthless. The problem with journalists is evident in that video. When confronted, they just gently tell you to stop talking or leave. They NEVER cop to being wrong.

In my only long-time gig, my new editor would kill my pieces without explanation and tell me I could always quit. My work didn’t fit in with his “vision,” he said.

His vision was just a little blurry, I guess, because he drove the magazine right into the ground and was fired after less than three years. I’ve never met a more soft-spoken, Bay Area cartoon character.

A Chair of Some Kind on May 5, 2014 at 12:58 AM

The appropriate response by the candidate when warned to answer the question or he would be asked to leave should have been:

“F*ck off. I have no interest in being here to witness the last gasps of a dying industry anyway. If the rest of you guys plan on staying and genuflecting before these nitwits, enjoy your liberal circle-jerk. Oh, and in case you missed it the first time around, f*ck off.”

At that he should have removed himself from the room. And the douches who didn’t show solidarity by leaving with him have no spine.

Lamont Cranston on May 5, 2014 at 12:58 AM

Yeah, they’re left wing as all get-out, but they did expose former Democrat Governor Neil Goldschmidt for his sexual abuse of his under-age baby sitter.

While in office, Goldschmidt was touted for his “Children’s Agenda.” Guess he had two different agendas.

Major hypocrite.

foxymike on May 5, 2014 at 1:41 AM

And at the end of the day, all the liberals are crying, OH WHY ARE SO MANY OF OUR PAPERS GOING BANKRUPT”

The reason is thier totally in the bag liberalism and arrogance to any who they don’t like.

sniffles1999 on May 5, 2014 at 7:35 AM

Actually it’s a very good local weekly. Their investigative journalism frequently shames the major papers (Oregonian and Register Guard) and they are often singled out for journalism awards.

But they don’t say what you want to them to say so you wouldn’t care about any of that, right?

Tlaloc on May 5, 2014 at 12:49 AM

what are you talking about?
we wanted them to print blah blah blah in the paper as a response, we all wanted to know his position on the easter bunny, and none of us wanted him to let the person not actually there that the answers given were not actually being written down correctly……

dmacleo on May 5, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Come on, dudes. Give her a break. She paid all that tuition to go to J-tard School to change the world and her career takes her to the Willamette Week?

I’d be a bitter little b!tch too . . .

BigAlSouth on May 5, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Q: “Where are you on the Easter Bunny?”

A: “Same place as I am on journalistic integrity… it’s a cute concept, followed as tradition by the uninformed, but it doesn’t actually exist, as demonstrated by the questions asked today.”

dominigan on May 5, 2014 at 10:00 AM

I believe the wave of the future, in response to this, is the course Rick Perry has taken in his last two campaigns (at least) in Texas. It’s shocking, but he’s made it work.

Rick Perry refuses to meet with any editorial boards, and he refuses to participate in any roundtable discussions with reporters. He says “if you want to know my positions, they’re on youtube”. Even sympathetic papers he tells to shove off.

He takes the position that everything printed will be bad, so they can all go to hell. And he’s won the last two elections bit with that tactic, because no one trusts or even follows newspapers anymore.

For the candidates in Oregon – why were you trying to get the endorsement of some jackass lib paper anyways? Quit following what your consultants tell you and use some common sense. The proper tactic here was to avoid that paper like the plague and then campaign on “anyone endorsed by that rag has to be a fool”. Since only the liberal base will be annoyed by that, a conservative taking that path would have nothing to lose and everything to gain. You’re not going to get the dope-smoking crowd to vote for you no matter what you say, so why waste your time and effort trying???

Tom Servo on May 5, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Amazing how people on here can be so self righteous without investigating all of the members of the GOP ticket and their motivations.

For instance, people here don’t seem to understand that Mark Callahan is a political gadfly. A few years ago, he was a hard devotee and a candidate as a member of the Pacific Green Party. You know, the party that nominated a known terrorist (Michael Scarpitti, aka “Tre Arrow”) for congress.

Jo Rae Perkins is unfortunately imbalanced, having suffered with mental illness for a few years, and is of the Sharon Angle persuasion which most people around here laughed about.

Monica Wehby is bankrolled by Mitch “The Witch” McConnell, Johnny Boner, and all of those who want to destroy America from the inside out.

Then there’s Jason Conger. Put into a catch-22 by voting for Cover Oregon instead of voting for a federal exchange, someone who has all of the endorsements of major Oregon officials, but no money.

I know Oregon pretty well. The only one who actually can win this, and convincingly, is Conger. And no one else.

UODuckMan on May 5, 2014 at 11:31 AM

if anyone interested I also have full version (90+ minutes) here
http://www.theconservativevoices.com/media/cat/political/the-right-fights-back/oregon-republican-calls-out-liberal-reporter-full-version-r752

the source server kept disconnecting when I tried to view before and after stuff on this one so I self hosted the it.
wasn’t much really said about the issue but figured someone may want to see it

dmacleo on May 4, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Thank your for the link. It was very enlightening, but not surprising. I am just astounded that they don’t have any sense of subtlety. They certainly didn’t have any courtesy or respect for the candidates. The others should have gotten up and left, considering that this yellow rag wouldn’t back any of them, and likely would have just made up quotes.

I doubt they would get a story about the Easter bunny right either. That was disgusting and shameful.

DimsdalePiranha on May 5, 2014 at 12:00 PM

So conservatives are against freedom of speech and freedom of press. If you do not like the paper, do not pick it up. It is free and that is how most people want their stuff, even conservatives. So stop complaining and move on. The reporter can write what ever he damm well pleases. There was no indication that he was going to quote this candidates lines so he got bored. Big deal.

libbyscooter on May 5, 2014 at 12:04 PM

To Bishop, et al, yes, the guy (who you would consider to be a RINO dirtbag) deserved the treatment. This is a liberal alt-weekly. This is not the Washington Post. This is not even the Oregonian (the state’s largest newspaper). This guy knew what he was getting into and he is acting outrageously outraged to milk his 5 minutes of fame and because he knows folks on the internet will support him.

Before you defend these people (see: Bundy, Cliven) you should look up their past. This guy claims to run on family values, has a picture of his family on his campaign website, however he divorced his wife several years ago.

He claims to be financial responsible. He claimed bankruptcy a few years ago.

I realize the U.S. Forest Service has something to do with cutting the budget, like dropping one gummy bear from your diet has to do with losing weight.

Ian on May 5, 2014 at 12:39 PM

UODuckMan, thank you for being level-headed and noting what these guys are really about.

It is the Cliven Bundy thing all over again. We hate the media but some of us hate it so much that they will go out and defend someone because they perceive it as fighting against the libruls. But really we are just digging a deeper hole.

Also, it’s Oregon. Isn’t this the election for Jeff Merkley’s seat? I can’t imagine Merkley getting anything less than 60-65% in the general.

Ian on May 5, 2014 at 12:42 PM

libbyscooter on May 5, 2014 at 12:04 PM

No. We are definitely for free speech and freedom of the press. But we also uphold the concept of journalistic integrity, something these people do not seem to understand. Nor you for that matter.

dominigan on May 5, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Just curious, but do we have any groups on the right that offer journalism internships for students?

Gives them both exposure and experience, and provides them with an opportunity separate from what they’ll get a liberal media sources.

Maybe this could be considered for other forms of media, too. (Like films)

lineholder on May 4, 2014 at 6:40 PM

I think another approach would be to end public funding of J-schools and other higher ed. Why should the left continue to get subsidized by the tax payer? If MSNBC and CNN are sooo successful let them shoulder the bill. Harvard and other universities have billions in their endowments. Let them use it.

Iblis on May 5, 2014 at 1:15 PM