Blah, Blah, Blah

No media bias here...

The story behind the video:

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 [Republican candidate Mark] Callahan noticed something was amiss.

The other candidates were cowards for sitting silently by and then continuing the interviews after Callahan was told to leave.

UPDATE: The Williamette Week defends its behavior with lies. First it claims Callahan broke the rules but they don't state what rules were violated. Second, they state Joe Rae Perkins, the candidate the reporter was quoting with "blah, blah, blah," was supposed to be responding to a question about healthcare and her answer was about eliminating the U.S. Forest Service.

In fact, the question was how she would trim the federal budget, not about healthcare. You can hear the question yourself HERE. Skip to the 1:03:50 mark. (WW asks that you skip to 1:06:00 which doesn't include the question asked.)

UPDATE II: Daylight Disinfectant got a great interview with Mark Callahan about the incident. Callahan looks like an excellent candidate. I wish he were running in my state!

Good job, DD!

Posted by: DMartyr at 02:59 PM


1 I wrote a comment about libs in the Williametes comment section.

Posted by: grego at May 04, 2014 04:32 PM

2 commies lie.
I can soften that to "progressives may bend facts to advance their agenda" or "the left leaning politics of journalism school continue to to cloud the judgement of reporters" or even to "sometimes the appearance of objectivity is strained by blah blah blah blah"
but they are communists and they lie.

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at May 04, 2014 06:56 PM

3 I think more Republicans/Conservatives need to do this. By calling out the shenanigans instead of letting them pass, some of the public might wake up a little bit.

Posted by: Jedi Master Ivyan at May 04, 2014 11:13 PM

4 Why make any pretense at all? Why bother visiting the event? If they're going to sit there and write blah blah blah to represent a political response, they might as well do that at their office.

In other worse, it wasn't worth the trip. Why waste the energy?

Posted by: Gork at May 05, 2014 06:18 AM

5 The reporter was just representing the useless media.
All they present now is blah, blah blah. No facts No truth.
Just their propaganda.

Posted by: Kafiroon at May 05, 2014 06:31 AM

6 Unfortunately he probably won't get elected because the electorate in this country has become lazy, uninformed, and immoral.

Posted by: cjk at May 05, 2014 09:38 AM

7 #6 Well, we know the local media are a bunch of lying cheaters, who will either ignore or misrepresent what they said. Those tactics tend to backfire, when exposed. The Willamette Week needs to become an icon.

Finally, I would not count Mark Callahan out, because 1) he is willing to defend the right of another Repub to be heard, and 2) he uses the Democratic Party's own language so well. That word "respectful" is special to them.

Posted by: Valerie at May 05, 2014 11:32 AM

8 Privately owned newspapers like WW get to do whatever they want not what other people is politically correct

Posted by: righter at May 05, 2014 11:44 AM

9 Anyone who wikis WW can see that their Pulitzer was won for investigating a Dem most of their big stories have been exposing Dems, but probably because there are so few GOP politicians in portland

Posted by: righter at May 05, 2014 11:46 AM

10 The biggest scandal they revealed wasin 2005 that a former Dem Gov named Goldschmidt had a long term affair with a 14 yo girl while governor. Media bias ? Against who ? a Jew ?

Posted by: righter at May 05, 2014 11:50 AM

11 That scandal was a three page article that didn't once mention Goldschmidt was a democrat. The closest the article came to identifying Goldschmidt as such was one line that stated other democrats were shocked by the revelations.

Yet, when a Republican does something, the media identifies the political party in the headline and then several more times in the first few paragraphs.

So, yes, there is serious bias.

Posted by: DMartyr at May 05, 2014 02:37 PM

12 Jo Rae Perkins is an excellent candidate. A true pro-Constitution, pro-life, pro-American conservative who is as honest as they come.

Any Oregonians out there would do well to pitch in behind her.

I am not paid to speak for her, but have known her for many years and can vouch for her integrity.

Posted by: Marilyn at May 05, 2014 08:40 PM

13 consider that co-conspitrators and collaborators with the lefts frauds, negligence and trasons will face similar penalties.

Non-journalists proven by their lies and obvious omissions can lose all rights they think they have (but abused it and didnt carry out the duuty attached). Confiscation of all their ill-gotten monies if not jailtime - will be the best they can look forward to.

The Reform government may actually have to protect those fake journalists from the populace who will want them all hanging from lampposts for selling them out for so long.

Posted by: cincodecoinco at May 06, 2014 07:09 AM

14 Well, I learned something about Oregon from this at least. I always thought it was William-ette. Now I see it's Whu LAM ett.

Good to know.

Posted by: Kevin at May 06, 2014 07:44 PM

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