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9
Oct 10

CBS Buries Jerry Brown Campaign’s ‘Whore’ Slur Against Meg Whitman

After ignoring on Friday morning the story of California Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman being called a "whore" by an aide for her opponent, Democrat Jerry Brown, CBS started to catch up on the story – but also buried it somewhat – on the same day’s CBS Evening News and again on Saturday morning’s The Early Show. While ABC’s World News and the NBC Nightly News both devoted full reports to the controversy – about one-and-a-half to two minutes in duration – on Friday, the CBS Evening News only gave the story 40 seconds, waiting until 18 minutes into the show – right after a full story was devoted to the Harry Reid/Sharron Angle race in Nevada. The reports on ABC and NBC had started about six to seven minutes into each show.

Saturday’s The Early Show gave 28 seconds to the Brown/Whitman story within a report filed by CBS correspondent Whit Johnson which also dealt with Democratic efforts to defend their congressional majority from Republicans.

NBC overall gave the story the most attention, including full reports on the Today show on both Friday and Saturday, and on Friday’s NBC Nightly News. ABC covered the story on Friday’s Good Morning America and on the same day’s World News. More details on Friday morning coverage of the story on ABC and NBC can be found here.

Below are transcripts of the relevant stories from Friday’s World News on ABC, the CBS Evening News, and the NBC Nightly News; followed by Saturday’s The Early Show on CBS and Saturday’s Today show on NBC:

#From the Friday, October 8, World News on ABC:

6:36 p.m. 1 minute 30 seconds in duration

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: In other political news, another twist in the tight race for California governor. For days, Republican Meg Whitman has been on the hot seat over an illegal immigrant housekeeper. Now it’s Democrat Jerry Brown’s turn, thanks to an aide using a word that shouldn’t have been used and wasn’t meant to be heard. David Wright has the story.

JERRY BROWN, CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL NOMINEE: Hey, Scott, give me a call, Jerry Brown, love to talk to you.

DAVID WRIGHT: The latest bomb shell in the California governor’s race came from a voice mail message that kept recording after Democrat Jerry Brown thought he hung up. He was seeking a union endorsement but got word the union was about to back his opponent.

BROWN AUDIO: Do we want to put an ad out?

WRIGHT: At that point, a second voice chimes in with a harsh word about Republican Meg Whitman.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE VOICE: She’s a whore.

ANDREA JONES RIVERA, MEG WHITMAN CAMPAIGN: These are offensive comments that have no place in any conversation at any office – worst of all, in the middle of a gubernatorial campaign.

WRIGHT: The Brown campaign has apologized for the salty language.

BROWN AT DEBATE: This is a question of talking out of both sides of your mouth.

WRIGHT: At their most recent debate, Brown called Whitman a hypocrite for employing an illegal immigrant as a nanny for nine years. Whitman called Brown a bully.

MEG WHITMAN, CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN GUBERNATORIAL NOMINEE: It was a political stunt-

WRIGHT: On the air waves-

CLIP OF AD: Whitman was caught reaping millions from insider stock deals.

WRIGHT -the two candidates have traded endless barbs – $ 140 Million spent on ads, including $ 120 million from Whitman’s own pocket, a new record. This campaign seems to be bringing out the worst in these two candidates. David Wright, ABC News, Oakland.

#From the Friday, October 8, CBS Evening News :

6:48 p.m. duration 40 seconds

MAGGIE RODRIGUEZ: Twenty-five days now until the midterm elections, and in the battle for control of the Senate, we’re following the critical contests that will decide it. The Republicans need a net gain of 10 seats to retake the Senate. The latest analysis by our CBS News election team finds 12 seats now held by Democrats are at risk. That includes the seat held by the top Democrat, Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. Ben Tracy reports that Reid is fighting for his political life in a race that’s down, dirty, and, oh, so close.

UNIDENTIFIED NARRATOR IN AD: Introducing Sharron Angle’s crazy juice!

BEN TRACY: In Nevada, it’s become a race to the bottom.

UNIDENTIFIED NARRATOR IN AD: Harry Reid, the best friend illegals have ever had.

TRACY: In a new ad, Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle says Senator Harry Reid even supports child molesters.

UNIDENTIFIED NARRATOR IN AD: Reid actually voted to use taxpayer dollars to pay for Viagra for convicted child molesters and sex offenders.

TRACY: Reid calls Angle a pathological liar.

UNIDENTIFIED NARRATOR IN AD: More crazy talk and outright lies.

TRACY: For the Tea Party, this is the biggest Senate race in the country.

JOHN DICKERSON, CBS NEWS POLITICAL ANALYST: It would show not only that they have influence, but that they have enough influence to knock off the most powerful Democrat in the Senate.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE PROTESTER: Save America!

TRACY: Tea Party groups have rallied in Reid’s hometown and have now spent more than $ 1 million, mostly on TV ads. Yet Harry Reid has another tough opponent, the economy. The unemployment rate here in Nevada is the highest in the nation, and the foreclosure rate is worse here than anywhere else. That’s made Reid deeply unpopular and an easy target for Republicans. And yet Sharron Angle’s own words could be keeping Reid alive. She suggested Americans may need to bear arms against the government, and that Islamic law is being set up in some U.S. cities, calling it "a militant terrorist situation."

BILLY VASSILIADIS, ADVISER TO SENATOR REID: She’s not of this planet, and it would be embarrassing to the state for her to be our U.S. Senator.

TRACY: Even some Republicans worry. On Thursday, a top party leader in Nevada reluctantly endorsed Reid, citing Angle’s calls for privatizing Social Security and Medicare, calling that extreme. But her supporters say she has the momentum. Do you think if you had a more moderate candidate, you’d be doing a lot better?

ROGER STOCKTON, WESTHAM REPRESENTATION PAC: I don’t think so. If the Dalai Lama ran against Harry Reid, he’d be attacking him for his choice of clothing or for hanging out with too many bald people.

TRACY: The bottom line is that a surprisingly high number of voters in Nevada dislike both candidates, and a whopping 10 percent plan to vote none of the above, which makes this dog fight in the desert still a tossup. Ben Tracy, CBS News, Las Vegas. 40 seconds at 6:48

RODRIGUEZ: In another hotly contested race, some nasty language was caught on tape, and that’s tonight’s campaign 2010 hot sheet. In the California governor’s race, Democrat Jerry Brown and an aide were caught on voice mail blasting Republican Meg Whitman, accusing her of cutting a secret deal with a police union. A warning, the language is graphic.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE VOICE #1: What about saying she’s a whore?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE VOICE #2: That’s good.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE VOICE #1: Whore.

VOICE OF JERRY BROWN: Well, I’m going to use that.

RODRIGUEZ: It’s not clear who spoke the offensive word, but the Brown campaign apologized to Whitman and anyone else who may have been offended. A Whitman spokesman said the language was an insult to the women of California.

#From the Friday, October 8, NBC Nightly News :

7:07 p.m. 2 minutes 10 seconds in duration

BRIAN WILLIAMS: And now to the governor’s race here in California. It has been a rough one by any standard, but it’s now hit a new low thanks to a piece of audio recorded on a voice mail that was not supposed to be for public consumption. Our report tonight from NBC’s Lee Cowan.

LEE COWAN: As campaign calls go, the one Jerry Brown made to the offices of a Los Angeles police union last month sounded pretty routine.

JERRY BROWN AUDIO: Hey, Scott, give me a call, Jerry Brown, love to talk to you.

COWAN: Brown left a voice mail, but when he hung up-

BROWN AUDIO: Your support means a lot to me Thanks.

COWAN: -the call didn’t disconnect. What was then captured was an impromptu strategy session, the sausage making of political campaigns. And much like sausage making, it wasn’t pretty. On the call, Brown sounded frustrated. He mused that he had lost the police union’s support because he’d threatened to cut public safety pensions, while his opponent Meg Whitman promised something different.

BROWN AUDIO: Do we want to put an ad out? That I have been warned if I crack down on pensions, I will be, that they’ll go to Whitman, and that’s where they’ll go because they know Whitman will give ‘em, will cut them a deal, but I won’t?

COWAN: Suddenly, what appears to be a second voice is heard.

BROWN AUDIO: What about saying that-

UNIDENTIFIED VOICE AUDIO: She’s a whore! Whore!

BROWN AUDIO: Well, I’m going to use that. It proves you’ve cut a secret deal to protect the pensions.

COWAN: Whitman, anxious to divert headlines from her undocumented housekeeper troubles, responded almost immediately. "The use of the term ‘whore’ is an insult," the statement read. "This is an appalling and unforgivable smear." Brown’s campaign insists he was responding to the notion of Whitman cutting a deal, not the idea of name-calling, but admitted, "At times our language was salty. We apologize to Ms. Whitman and anyone who may have been offended." Still, the Whitman campaign says this isn’t the end of it. The two are scheduled to face-off for their third and final debate next week, where the less than endearing term is sure to be brought up again. Lee Cowan, NBC News, Los Angeles.

#From the Saturday, October 9, The Early Show on CBS:

REBECCA JARVIS: Midterm election campaigns are entering the homestretch, and the White House is putting out its biggest stars with the hopes of saving some Democratic candidates trailing in the polls. And, as November looms, a new strategy is emerging. CBS News correspondent Whit Johnson is at the White House this morning and more with the story. Good morning, Whit.

WHIT JOHNSON: Rebecca, good morning. Tomorrow President Obama and Vice President Biden head to Philadelphia for another big rally. The White House is hoping to reignite and reenergize the Democratic base – and they’re doing it by calling out some familiar names.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: In this Senate race, two groups funded and advised by Karl Rove have outspent the Democratic Party 2 to 1.

JOHNSON: In Illinois this week, President Obama used Karl Rove as Democratic bait, the latest strategy to get voters fired up over millions of dollars of political ads paid for by special interests.

CLIP OF AD: Friends don’t let friends vote Alexi.

JOHNSON: Meanwhile, Republicans are staying on message calling the upcoming election a referendum on President Obama.

JOHN BOEHNER, HOUSE MINORITY LEADER: As Americans, we have to decide, do we want another two years of job-killing policies coming out of Washington? Or have we had enough?

JOHNSON: As party leaders refine their agendas, some statewide races are getting nastier by the day. The California governor’s race, a recorded conversation between Democrat Jerry Brown and his staff has added fuel to an already hostile contest.

JERRY BROWN, CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL NOMINEE, IN AUDIO: They know Whitman will give ‘em will cut them a deal but I won’t. But she will probably believe it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE VOICE: What about saying that she’s a whore?

JOHNSON: The Brown campaign apologized for the incident, but a spokesperson for Meg Whitman called it appalling and unforgiveable. The President and Vice President have been on the campaign trail for weeks stumping for various candidates, but next week, for the first time this election year, Michelle Obama, the First Lady will hit the road for a number of endorsements and fund-raisers across the country. Rebecca?

JARVIS: And, Whit, last night on his program Bill Maher did another thing putting himself into this debate. He posted a photo of an Ohio politician – you see it there on your screen – posing in SS uniform. How’s it going to, Whit, impact elections there?

JOHNSON: Well, Rebecca, that’s Rich Iott, Republican and Tea Party favorite. At ths point, all indications are the race is gong to go to the Democrat anyway, but he did defend himself to the Atlantic, saying that this was not a Halloween costume, this was simply a World War II Nazi reenactment group he used to be a part of. He does not subscribe to the tenants of Nazism. He says he is simply fascinated with the history of Nazi Germany, but certainly not something he wants to talking about this close to the election.

#From the Saturday, October 9, 2010, Today show:

LESTER HOLT: Now, to California’s bruising gubernatorial race, and the already ugly campaign may have reached a new low. NBC’s Lee Cowan reports.

LEE COWAN: As campaign calls go, the one Jerry Brown made to the offices of a Los Angeles police union last month sounded pretty routine.

JERRY BROWN AUDIO: Hey, Scott, give me a call, Jerry Brown, love to talk to you.

COWAN: Brown left a voice mail, but when he hung up-

BROWN AUDIO: Your support means a lot to me Thanks.

COWAN: -the call didn’t disconnect. What was then captured was an impromptu strategy session, the sausage making of political campaigns. And much like sausage making, it wasn’t pretty. On the call, Brown sounded frustrated. He mused that he had lost the police union’s support because he’d threatened to cut public safety pensions, while his opponent Meg Whitman promised something different.

BROWN AUDIO: Do we want to put an ad out? That I have been warned if I crack down on pensions, I will be, that they’ll go to Whitman, and that’s where they’ll go because they know Whitman will give ‘em, will cut them a deal, but I won’t?

COWAN: Suddenly, what appears to be a second voice is heard.

BROWN AUDIO: What about saying that-

UNIDENTIFIED VOICE AUDIO: She’s a whore! Whore!

BROWN AUDIO: Well, I’m going to use that. It proves you’ve cut a secret deal to protect the pensions.

COWAN: Whitman, anxious to divert headlines from her undocumented housekeeper troubles, responded almost immediately. "The use of the term ‘whore’ is an insult," the statement read. "This is an appalling and unforgivable smear." Brown’s campaign insists he was responding to the notion of Whitman cutting a deal, not the idea of name-calling, but admitted, "At times our language was salty. We apologize to Ms. Whitman and anyone who may have been offended." Still, the Whitman campaign says this isn’t the end of it. The two are scheduled to face off for their third and final debate next week, where the less than endearing term is sure to be brought up again. For Today, Lee Cowan, NBC News, Los Angeles.

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9
Oct 10

National Organization of Woman Hipocrisy: NOW Endorces Democrat Jerry Brown One Day After “WHORE” Slur Against Republican Meg Whitman

NOW endorses Jerry Brown, what does the “W” in NOW actually stand for?

Remember just the other day after the Jerry Brown campaign was caught on a telephone recorder calling Republican California Governor candidate Meg Whitman a whore, we asked where was NOW and what would they say?

Well NOW has now spoken and the hypocrisy is simply disgusting.

As reported in the LA Times, one day after Jerry Brown’s campaign was caught calling rival Meg Whitman a whore, NOW endorsed Democrat Jerry Brown. That is correct, one day after his campaign uses a term like “whore” in reference to a female candidate, Brown gets the NOW endorsement. UNREAL. Actually, it is all too predictable for the Libs at NOW. As stated at Michelle Malkin.com, it’s not like NOW was ever going to endorse a Republican woman.

Jerry Brown announced he has received the endorsement of the National Organization for Women, less than 24 hours after the emergence of a recorded message in which Brown can be heard in a conversation with advisors in which someone calls Whitman a “whore.” Coincidence? You be the judge.

Whitman’s campaign pounced after the audio was made public, sending out a release Thursday night from spokeswoman Sarah Pompei calling the use of the term “an insult to both Meg Whitman and to the women of California.  This is an appalling and unforgivable smear against Meg Whitman.  At the very least Mr. Brown tacitly approved this despicable slur and he himself may have used the term at least once on this recording.”

As if on cue, Brown’s campaign Friday released the endorsement from NOW championing Brown’s record on women’s rights.  “As Governor, Mayor, and Attorney General, Jerry Brown has promoted and defended women’s rights,” said California NOW President Patty Bellasalma.

“Jerry stands for fairness and equality and never ever backs down. We have every confidence that he will do the same as California’s next governor.”

I second the motion from Weasel Zippers, can you imagine, just imagine what would have happened if a Republican male candidate called a Democrat broad a whore?

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1
Oct 10

Saxby Chambliss Apologizes for Staffer’s Threatening Anti-Gay Slur

CHAMBLISS: “Joe, I don’t know if you’re Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, but none of that should matter. Because what was said on your blog by someone from my office is just not acceptable, no matter who is saying it and who it’s being said to. I just want to offer my sincerest apologies. There has been some talk about how long it’s taking to find the person behind this, but we just wanted to be very careful and handed this off to the Senate Sergeant at Arms, because this is going to seriously impact somebody’s life and we wanted to make sure we got this right. So again, I just wanted to call you and personally apologize.”

Joe.My.God: “Thank you, Senator. I do appreciate the call and I do accept your apology on the condition that your office issues a public statement repeating what you’ve just said to me. I’d also like the disposition of your staffer’s job status to be made public.”

CHAMBLISS: (Speaking to someone in his office: “Has that gone out yet?) “Joe, I believe our statement is ready and will be going out this afternoon.”

It’s here. The computer used to post the hateful slur was located in Chambliss’s Washington, D.C. office (JMG readers had initially tracked it down to Atlanta). The AJC’s Jim Galloway is picking up that the staffer was not fired, but “removed,” because he (the commenter called himself “Jimmy”) is a military liaison assigned by the Pentagon:

A staffer under Chambliss’ direct employ would have been fired. A staffer under another entity’s supervision would be reassigned. Or removed.

Chambliss’ office did not confirm. Andrew Sullivan observes:

Weirdly, the sergeant at arms also did not call the comment “bigoted” or “hateful” but merely “ignorant free speech.” And the identity of the staffer remains a mystery. So this is not over. If the staffer was a Pentagon employee, does the Pentagon still employ him? Could he be reassigned to another Senator? And why is his identity being kept secret?

Remember, the Internet may not know that you’re a dog. But your IP address makes it easy to find where you are.


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30
Sep 10

Chambliss Fires Unnamed Staffer Who Wrote Gay Slur Online

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) said in a statement this afternoon that he has fired the staffer who wrote an offensive comment on a gay rights blog last week. His office declined to identify the staffer.

The unidentified staffer wrote, “All faggots must die,” on a post at Joe.My.God, just after the Senate’s failed attempt to start debate on a bill that would repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Joe Jervis, who runs the blog, traced the commenter — who called himself “Jimmy” — to an IP address in Atlanta, Ga., that had been registered by the U.S. Senate.

Chambliss’ office said he was investigating the matter. A day later, the senator admitted the comment had come from his office and announced that he had asked the Sergeant at Arms, who runs the Senate’s IT system, to investigate.

“The office of the Senate Sergeant at Arms has concluded its investigation, and I responded to that report immediately with the removal of a member of my staff,” Chambliss said in his statement today.

“I have called Mr. Jervis, the blog’s author, and apologized to him personally, and I am sorry for the hurt this incident has caused,” he said. “Regardless of one’s position on issues and policies, such comments are simply unacceptable, are not befitting those who work in the U.S. Senate, and I will not tolerate them from my staff.”

Jervis posted on his blog that Chambliss had called him to offer his apologies.

Jervis tells TPM he considers the matter closed.

“I felt it was sincere,” he said. “Just that fact that we got an extremely right-wing, homophobic senator to come to us with his hat in his hand … is good enough for me.”












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22
Sep 10

Chambliss’ Office Says It Was Source of Threatening Anti-Gay Slur

Following up on last night’s post… Saxby’s office says it was the source of yesterday’s hateful slur.

AJC:

But in a statement, Chambliss’ office said it has not discovered exactly who was behind the slur, and has turned the matter over to the Senate sergeant at arms. The office employs 42 people.

“The [sergeant at arms] has worked side by side with our personnel to determine whether the comment in question emanated from our office. That appears to be the case,” an unsigned statement from Chambliss’ press office read.

“There has not been a determination as to who posted the comment,” the statement read. “That part of the review is ongoing, and is now in the hands of the Senate sergeant at arms.”


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21
Sep 10

Did Saxby Chambliss Aide Leave Threatening Anti-Gay Slur?

The hateful comment was left today by “Jimmy” on a Joe.My.God post about the DADT cloture vote. Joe gave his geek readers the commenter’s IP address and told them to get busy!

Those geeks complied quickly.

The AJC’s Jim Galloway takes it from there:

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss confirmed Tuesday that he investigating whether one of his staffers left a threatening slur on an Internet discussion of the right of gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military.

“We have seen the allegations and are moving quickly to understand the facts. This office has not and will not tolerate any activity of the sort alleged,” Chambliss spokeswoman Bronwyn Lance Chester said. “Once we have ascertained whether these claims are true, we will take the appropriate steps.” [...]

Blog author Joseph Jervis of New York City used the Internet Protocol address attached to the comment to trace the slur to “the neighborhood” of Chambliss’ office in Atlanta. Readers quickly helped.

“Among the fields in which gay people are over-represented is the IT field,” said Jervis, who is also the East Coast editor for Pride magazine.

Galloway cautioned Joe that Chambliss is not taking responsibility and that “further confirmation, and hopefully, the identity of the commenter, should come tomorrow.”


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27
Aug 10

Washington Post: Ground Zero Mosque Protesters ‘Use “Sharia” as a Slur’

"Protesters use ‘sharia’ as a slur and rallying cry against Islam," reads the dismissive print edition headline for Michelle Boorstein’s page A5 August 27 story. The Washington Post’s online edition used different wording: "For critics of Islam, ‘sharia’ a loaded word."

Boorstein cited "controversial" conservative scholar Daniel Pipes warning that pro-sharia Muslims "want to implement sharia in every detail on everyone in a stringest way." For an opposing view, the Post religion writer also cited Imam Yahya Hendi, a Muslim chaplain for Georgetown University and "spokesman of the Islamic Jurisprudence Council of North America," who argued that more moderate Muslims see sharia as more like a set of guidelines to guide personal and family life than a rigid code of law which must supplant secular governance.

Fair enough, yet Boorstein put her thumb on the scale by lamenting that "the word has become akin to a slur in some camps… an alarming development to many religious and political leaders."

That sentence immediately preceded Boorstein excerpting a statement by liberal National Council of Churches president Peg Chemberlin, who complained that the NCC was "deeply saddened by those who denigrate a religion which in so many ways is a religion of compassion."

While neither Boorstein nor Chemberlin named names, the implication to the reader is that opponents of the Ground Zero mosque are anti-Islam, not merely anti-radical Islam or simply opposed to the mosque being located so close to Ground Zero, and that the specter of sharia law is a convenient bogeyman for those with a cynical agenda.

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20
Aug 10

Daily Commentary – Thursday, August 19th, 2010 – Dr. Laura Ousted for Racial Slur

  • She says that, while she’s leaving radio, she’ll continue to have a presence on the ‘net.
 

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