KTVA GM: We’re weren’t plotting against @JoeMiller. And I told our unbiased staff how not to get caught. #AKSen

KTVA General Manager Jerry Bever tries to spin the inadvertent damning voice mail his staff left with the Joe Miller for U.S. Senate campaign.

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

Unfortunate for whom? I’d say it’s a good thing the bias of your “news” organization was uncovered before Alaskans have a chance to go to the polls on November 2. You have been running a liberal advocacy organization, and now you’ve been caught with your collective pants down.

“It’s unfortunate because it does not accurately reflect the journalistic standards of our newsroom …”

The standards of your newsroom and the way that it operates are two different things. You have a culture of advocacy for liberal causes and candidates, Mr. Bever, and quickly going through the kabuki theater of a journalism 101 inservice will not change that.

“… and the garbled context will no doubt leave more questions than answers.”

Yes, starting with “How deeply into your station’s management structure is the dedication to electing Democrats embedded?”

“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 it may be vacuously true that the Miller campaign lacks the full context of the conversation, it is incontrovertible that your news staff was engaging in an anti-Miller strategy session.

What should not be news to the general public is the degree to which journalists in the paid media are hardened, loyal Democrats. Drift into a press room before any candidate function or press conference wearing black and carrying a camera or notepad. Listen to the conversation when no one but Democrats and reporters are present.

It’s one big happy family.

Finally, the tell:

“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.”

In other words, “We’ve told our staff not to get caught.”

Amplify’d from www.ktva.com

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.”

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.”

KTVA Responds to Miller Campaign Allegation

Statement From General Manager

Read more at www.ktva.com

 

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