Alaska television station KTVA has been caught plotting to sabotage the campaign of the Alaska Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate.
A voice message left for a Joe Miller campaign worker accidentally continued recording after the reporter hung up, providing a rare glimpse into the internal conversations of the Alaska television station.
Here's the audio recording:
Shockingly, station management of the CBS affiliate admits that its reporters are heard speaking on the recording -- but claims, unconvincingly, that the reporters were discussing what someone else might do. However, that explanation is totally at odds with the recording, which expressly discusses what "we can do."
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]
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?
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…
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.
Outrageous. Instead of reporting the news, journalists are systematically making it up to fit their partisan biases. In the process of doing so, they do a great injustice not only to Joe Miller in this case (and to all candidates similarly slandered or targeted) but also to the citizens of Alaska and other states where this is occurring, and to the nation as a whole.
This is what happens when hyperpartisans with little or no concern for their moral and ethical obligations take over our newsrooms.
Setting aside journalistic ethics for a moment, does basic human decency even figure in the calculus in this newsroom? Based on this recording, there is no evidence that it does.
If not for their error in failing to hang up after leaving a voicemail, the shocking actions of these reporters would still be a secret.
I have often thought that in this age of ubiquitous cell phones, digital cameras and camcorders, many types of crime will be more difficult to pull off, or to carry out systematically. Thanks to videocameras and cell phones, many criminals have been rapidly identified and apprehended, and some have been interrupted while their crimes are still in progress.
I had not thought of reporters as among the groups of "criminals" who would be exposed by the spread of technology. And yet here we have perhaps the strongest proof yet that the left-leading mainstream media have utterly lost their way.
This sickness runs deep, and won't be cured with any of the obvious next steps alone -- the firing or disciplining of these reporters and penalties for the local station that apparently is standing behind and enabling these wrongful acts.
Reporters capable of plotting to sabotage a candidate with false or exaggerated stories have long since lost track of their ethical moorings, and their religious moorings as well, if they ever had any. They need to find their way back. What's needed here is genuine change, not pretense. That will not happen overnight, if it happens at all.
Meanwhile, the people of Alaska and of the United States need to take iwth a grain of salt any story put out by these reporters and their ilk. Trust must be earned and is easily lost. KTVA has proven itself not to be worthy of anyone's trust.