KMBC Reporter Purposely Assembles Alternate Reality

Below, is a letter send by the Jackson County Republican Club to the local Kansas City, MO ABC affiliate after the station’s reporter attended a Todd Akin press conference organized by the club. The group continues to wait for a response from KMBC indicating whether or not the reporter’s actions were the standard operating procedures of the station:

THE JACKSON COUNTY REPUBLICAN CLUB

1009 North Cottage
Independence, Missouri 64050
Phone: (816) 252-7100 Fax: (816) 254-3468
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September 24, 2012
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KMBC Channel 9 — Sarah Smith, Station Manager
6455 Winchester Ave.
Kansas City, Missouri 64133
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Dear Ms. Smith

A week ago at the Lee’s Summit Republican headquarters, TV Channel 9, among others, sent a news team to a Congressman Todd Akin, (candidate for US Senate) press conference. KMBC was represented by a cameraman and commentator Michael Mahoney. A completely remarkable tableau then unfolded. Newscaster Mahoney gave detailed and frequent instructions to his cameraman throughout the conference/interview by hand signals. If parts of the Congressman’s remarks were controversial, Mahoney would signal to keep the camera rolling. If the remarks seemed to give traction for favorable reception to a wide audience, the cameraman immediately received instructions to cut the recording. The actions of Mr. Mahoney were so obvious and blatantly biased for an unfavorable news clip to those present, that several independent observers afterward came together to voice their amazement that a news channel of KMBC’s reputation would engage in such practices.

Absence of Malice, a popular motion picture from the early eighties, had a charged scene where Paul Newman confronted Miami Herald reporter, Sally Fields, with flawed journalism. Viewers were given the defining line when Paul Newman angrily retorted, “… the truth? You don’t write the truth. You write what you think.” Mr. Mahoney’s actions revealed a more significant transgression: A week ago this reporter put together before those present an alternate reality. He assembled what he wanted the public to think.

We bring this to your attention for your response. We would like to know if Mr. Mahoney’s actions correspond with the management policies of KMBC Channel 9?

Sincerely,

Jim Gamble – President

The Jackson County Republican Club

A Resolution In Support Of Todd Akin

Resolution – Todd Akin – 20120919

Foreign Policy And The Missouri Senatorial Debate

On 6/11/12, the Republican candidates for Missouri Senator debated in St. Charles, Missouri at Lindenwood University.  All three candidates, Todd Akin, John Brunner, and Sarah Steelman, performed admirably.  However, when looking forward to the race against the slippery and politically gifted Claire McCaskill, it’s clear that Steelman and Brunner are not really up to the task.

However, on the question of Syria, really the only serious foreign policy question that was asked, all three came up short.  Sarah haltingly opined something about exhausting diplomatic options and covert operations.  Akin basically wants to stay out of it on constitutional grounds.  And, Brunner offered no serious alternative (sorry John, I stopped listening to you about half way through).

I’m certainly no expert and don’t expect them to be, so let’s turn to John Bolton whom, yesterday, published a remarkable analysis of America’s situation, analysis of all the players including Russia and China, and his bold solutions for the problem.  It concluded:

Finally, in Syria itself, we should do now what we could have begun to do ten years ago (and whh/t NROat the Obama White House at least says it is doing now): find Syrian rebel leaders who are truly secular and who oppose radical Islam; who will disavow al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, and other terrorist groups; and who will reject Russian and Iranian hegemony over their country. We will need some reason to believe that this opposition can prevail against not only the Assad regime but also the terrorists and fanatics who also oppose Assad. This must be not a faith-based judgment but a clear-eyed assessment of reality. Such is the kind of opposition that, assuming it exists, we should support, aiming for regime change in Damascus when — and only when — it becomes feasible on our terms. On this matter, too, we should tell our European allies that we want their support for something other than semiotic diplomacy.

Read more here

I’m a big fan of John Bolton, and many concerns were eased for me when he endorsed then-presumptive-nominee Romney back in March.  Anyone who gets called “the most controversial ambassador ever sent by America to the United Nations” for being to tough and conservative is a hero in my book!