Management claims host's reprimand for Obama coverage only a hoaxSee?
Let's move on. Here's how the piece begins:
Several days after a news-talk radio host was reprimanded on air for his coverage of Obama, station executives are now calling the incident a publicity stunt.And WND's confirmation of this as a stunt:
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 were confused and wondered whether the broadcast was simply a publicity stunt.So what does this mean? If this is true, then it means that Kevin Miller LIED TO HIS LISTENERS. He knew that what he was presenting on the air as true wasn't yet he went with it anyway. During the show on which he was faux-reprimanded, Miller said repeatedly that he didn't know what the statement was going to be. If he's the source of the stunt, all that WAS A LIE.
KDKA program director Marshall Adams initially would not respond to repeated requests for comment from WND. But several days after the report, and possibly under pressure from the public, he offered a brief explanation.
"I can answer that at the station management level and also from the corporate CBS, no one censored Kevin Miller," he said. "It was a stunt that Kevin and his executive producer went a little too far on, and they went on the air and apologized."
However, when WND inquired about the purpose of the alleged stunt, Adams refused to explain.
"I'm sharing with you as much comment as I'm going to share with you," he said. [emphasis added]
By the way some of his supporters have been blaming the "Obama Censorship Squad." Will they ever get the message that Miller lied to them as well? How long will this story (about how the Obama campaign somehow manipulated the KDKA to silence Kevin Miller?) last even though it's completely untrue?
So what else does this mean? It means that KDKA LIED TO ITS LISTENERS. P.J. Kumanchik read a statement from the "higher ups" at CBS over the air - that wasn't from the "higher-ups" at CBS. The station misled its listeners to the nature of the complaints about Miller's show and their reaction to those complaints.
For any news organization, the public has to trust that what goes out on the air as news IS NEWS and not a publicity stunt designed to motivate its listeners in one political direction or another.
If WND's reporting is true, this is a sad sad day for the nation's first commercial radio station.
--blogging (again) from an undisclosed location.