Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Isn't "liberal" supposed to mean "open-minded"?

by Rick Moran

A GOP Senate candidate from Oregon was asked to leave an editorial meeting of a liberal, alternative weekly newspaper when he called out a reporter for disrespecting Republican candidates.

The reporter, listening to a response from another candidate who joined the meeting by phone, wrote "blah, blah, blah, blah" instead of quoting the candidate.

What happened next was recorded for posterity:

Fox News:
The video shows an editorial board meeting where the newspaper was interviewing Republican candidates for Senate. One of those candidates, Jo Rae Perkins, was responding to a question over the phone when Callahan noticed something was amiss.
"You want to talk about disrespect, I see what you're writing down there," he said, pointing at a reporter at the table. "You just wrote down 'blah blah blah blah blah' for everything that Jo Rae said. Jo Rae is a respectable woman. Why are you not respecting her by writing 'blah blah blah blah blah' on your notepad?"
The moderator tried to get Callahan to "move on" and answer a question about whether climate change is a "myth or a reality."
Callahan said "myth."
Then, the same reporter, later identified by the newspaper as Nigel Jaquiss, asked him a follow-up: "Where are you on the Easter Bunny?"
"What's that?" Callahan said, and the reporter repeated the question.
The interview really went downhill from there.
"Are these really the questions that I was called here to answer?" Callahan said. "How about you ask a very serious and respectful question instead of asking a little childish question?"
The two sides continued to argue, and the moderator warned him he'd be asked to leave if they didn't move on, noting he had "two strikes."
"Who do you think you are?" Callahan asked.
"Okay, you may leave now," the moderator said. "Go ahead. You're done here."
Callahan then accused them of being "disrespectful, thin-skinned liberals."
Someone else in the room said: "There's the door." Walking out, Callahan told them he had "better things to do with my time."
Liberals don't do tolerance and respect so much. But they are experts at smarmy, arrogant, intolerable smugness.

Reporters for these alternative weeklies tend to be young and ignorant so perhaps Mr. Jacquiss didn't understand the issues involved and was writing nonsense because he was embarrassed not to comprehend what the candidate was saying. More likely, he's just an ass - and doesn't understand the issues anyway.

Good on Mr. Callahan for calling out Jacquiss for his contemptible behaviior. He should wear his ejection from that meeting as a badge of honor.

Rick Moran


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