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Old 10-18-2008, 02:35 AM   #1
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Default Gotta be "fair"

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2008 WorldNetDaily



Kevin Miller (photo: KDKA 1020)


A talk-radio host was reprimanded on air by his executive producer Wednesday after he received complaints about his coverage of Sen. Barack Obama.

KDKA-AM 1020 host Kevin Miller was silenced when executive producer P.J. Kumanchik read a CBS statement accusing Miller of being unfairly biased against Obama.

"We want to apologize to listeners who have found your show offensive," Kumanchik said to Miller on the air.

Kumanchik referenced phone calls and e-mails from listeners who criticized Miller for his statements about Obama. In a move considered by some to encourage "fairness," he also offered Obama a three-hour spot on the Pittsburgh, Penn., station in place of Miller's regularly scheduled noon to 3 p.m. program.

The executive producer of the CBS affiliate said Miller, a Marconi Award nominee and former Army Reserve journalist, had featured guests who were not objective when reporting information about Obama. Miller had recently conducted an Oct. 9 interview with "The Obama Nation" author and WND senior staff reporter Jerome Corsi about his investigation of Obama's connections to opposition leader Raila Odinga in Kenya. He called Corsi "a true patriot" upon his return from detention by Kenyan immigration authorities.

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In the interview with Corsi, Miller revealed his personal concerns about efforts to silence Obama critics.

"Well Dr. Corsi, what scares me is, we've seen this from the Obama campaign, that they clearly target people such as yourself, talk radio stations whether it's WGN or others or people like myself that speak out," he said. "And if [Obama is] elected, we're going to have a different chorus when it comes to discourse in this country."

Another one of Miller's recent shows featured John Murtagh, a man who survived Weather Underground firebomb attacks on his home, to discuss Obama's relationship with Bill Ayers.

This week, after Kumanchik finished his statements condemning Miller's coverage, people began calling to criticize the station, suggesting it was censoring the talk-radio host. Others remain confused and wonder whether the broadcast was simply a publicity stunt. Some online rumors even suggest Miller could be taken off the air.

On Thursday, Miller apologized for his comments concerning censorship of his show following airing of the CBS statement, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The station has not released a transcript of the show.

The on-air incident occurred in the wake of a campaign coverage study that revealed the "big three" networks ABC, NBC and CBS have routinely favored Obama in their election coverage. Findings released by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University show 61 percent of the networks' reports aired between Aug. 23 and Sept. 30 cast the Democratic Party candidate in a favorable light leaving Sen. John McCain with only 39 percent of positive coverage.

KDKA program director Marshall Adams declined to comment on circumstances surrounding the talk-show segment or indicate whether McCain had been offered a three-hour spot as well.
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I have to admit that this is from a right wing media outlet, but since this guy is from the Pittsburgh area I was wondering if any of you have heard about this?
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Old 10-18-2008, 07:46 AM   #2
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I'm not from Pittsburgh. But the opinion show that I wake up to is so anti-McCain/Palin that I stopped listening to it. It's not because I'm not a McCain fan, but it's embarrassing. Usually the show is about local issues, but my wake-up hour has been devoted to the national election.

Folks are blowing stuff way out of proportion in their minds. Neither one of these tickets is morally/ethically as good as, or as bad as, we think. Talk radio inflames us in both directions and away from common sense.
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I'm not from Pittsburgh. But the opinion show that I wake up to is so anti-McCain/Palin that I stopped listening to it. It's not because I'm not a McCain fan, but it's embarrassing. Usually the show is about local issues, but my wake-up hour has been devoted to the national election.

Folks are blowing stuff way out of proportion in their minds. Neither one of these tickets is morally/ethically as good as, or as bad as, we think. Talk radio inflames us in both directions and away from common sense.
Gotta agree with you Mosca....the problem lies less with the candidates then it does with the media and its scary transition this political season. They have (in my opinion) gone from a base of truth-seeking to political ideology.

Watch any network news or read the paper and listen/look carefully to the way they present their coverage. Little catch words will start popping out. I dont know how words like "pathetic"..."desperate"...etc....can ever be used fairly.

Even my co-workers, who are left leaning, are a little put off by this seasons coverage. I just saw research results that showed 61% of Obama coverage was positive...with 39% of McCain coverage being positive.

Again..we cant blame a candidate for this...but have to blame the media who have put aside ethics for ideology.
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Old 10-18-2008, 04:29 PM   #4
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What I find particularly disturbing is seeing interviews with celebs who see a Fox microphone shroud (and I'm talking even the trashy entertainment news shows) and start bashing the network. Look, the left had all the networks forever, so what if there's ONE network that presents center-right? You still get the other 17.

Lighten up, Hollyweirdos...
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