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McCain Local Radiogate '08

February 27, 2008 03:55 PM

Just how many people did the McCain campaign manage to offend when they were in town?  Here we have the producer of 55KRC's morning radio show, chiming in about the treatment he received from the McCain camp.  Take it away, Joe Strecker:

As you know, it's Ohio's turn to be in the spotlight, for the last 2 weeks, I have been pitched and pitched AND PITCHED every person under the sun to stump for Sen. McCain.  As agreed to by his PR, if I put guests on to stump for Sen. McCain, he would be made available to 55KRC when he came to town (2/26)...

Well here is the email reply I received from the McCain camp

"I don't think for tomorrow, things are pretty set by now. " Rebecca - McCain 2008

As you can tell by my response, I was a little upset.

"I am getting a little frustrated.  55KRC is / has a very Conservative base...Much more than a lot of people think.  These are the voters Sen. McCain needs to win over.  Since the election started, most of our callers initially were Thompson fans, then when he dropped out, Paul and Romney fans.  If there are any listeners/voters to win over, it would be 55KRC's.  I hope you reconsider.  We could do just 5 minutes on his drive up from downtown to West Chester?"

Here was my reply.

"I'm sorry but the decision is not mine.  I recomended you to the higher ups for the exact reason you mentioned.  I will try to ask again when I can but right now I am stuck." - Rebecca McCain 2008

I find out at 10:30 yesterday that McCain was on with Mike McConnell, who McCain called "Bob".  I called Rebecca, and when she said on the phone he wasn't available, I told her he is on right now with WLW.  >>>Silence<<< then she told me "Can't you just use their audio??"  You have to be kidding me..I let her know that we will let our listener's know what happened.

Now, I do understand this is a business and we constantly try to scoop the other guys, but for McCain's people to actually go back on their promise and to act the way they acted and treated the station with the listener's he needs to convince, is just reprehensible. This proves to me what kind of person he is.  Why?  You surround yourself with like minded people.  If his 'people' don't care about you '55KRC listener' vicariously he doesn't care about you '55KRC' listener....

What's even funnier is that last night at 9PM, I received a pitch for another guest to stump for McCain.  I don't think I'm going to book them..

I honestly don't know why he'd even consider it.  And it's more than a little concerning that they're willling to put a candidate's supporters on the radio in exchange for the big "get"--i.e. an interview with the candidate himself.  I suppose that's the way the media game is played, but it doesn't speak well of its participants.  When you whore yourself out, Joe, don't be surpised when you get stabbed by jack the ripper.

And again, how stupid is the McCain camp for missing the interview?  Joe is totally right that the Morning Show's audience is exactly the people McCain needs to be reaching out to.  But there's just little or no effort.

It's almost a parody of a well-run campaign.  "Can't you just use their audio?"  Um no.  Have they ever worked with the news media before? 

Comments

Let's see:
Willie's rhetoric turns off the potential Independents McCain would need in November...
And, McCain's inability to kowtow to the "very Conservative" of his party...
leads to a Democrat having to deal with the tremendous mess left by a highly unpopular president for the next four years.
Cleaning up such a huge mess will not be painless.
You guys are genius. The next president will probably be a one termer because of all the pain caused.
Mitt 2012!! He'll say anything you want!
(Wonder if he can still afford it though. Maybe it'll be time for Rick Santorum or George Allen to make a comeback.)

carsick   ·  February 27, 2008 06:05 PM

Let's see:
Willie's rhetoric turns off the potential Independents McCain would need in November...
And, McCain's inability to kowtow to the "very Conservative" of his party...
leads to a Democrat having to deal with the tremendous mess left by a highly unpopular president for the next four years.
Cleaning up such a huge mess will not be painless.
You guys are genius. The next president will probably be a one termer because of all the pain caused.
Mitt 2012!! He'll say anything you want!
(Wonder if he can still afford it though. Maybe it'll be time for Rick Santorum or George Allen to make a comeback.)

carsick   ·  February 27, 2008 06:07 PM

It doesn't matter. Both McCain and YOU know you will vote for him (Yes, you will. Unless the Huckster pulls off the miracle.).

Cinci conservatives are not the demo he is shooting for right now.

You SHOULD know that and understand....

jackscrow   ·  February 27, 2008 07:23 PM

The remarks that The Mouth made on the Jim Scott show this morning are MORE TELLING than anything in the McCain warm-up.

The exact quote was "well, they (the Media) call Bush, Cheney, etc., everything but a WHITE MAN...".

Now wadda think?

Anonymous   ·  February 27, 2008 07:35 PM

Anon 7:35--I honestly don't know if the "they" Bill Cunningham was referring to is the media or the elected Democrats, but I do know that George Bush is ROUTINELY castigated for lying to get us into Iraq, by both of them. He's denounced as a traitor, and a murderer all the time. The way he has been treated--and the lies that have been told about him--is horrible. So honestly, I don't know what the big deal is about "everything but a white man." They HAVE called him everything but a white man. Hell, they've called him a murderer. That, at least, used to be worse than a "white man." These days, I'm not so sure.

NBS   ·  February 27, 2008 08:59 PM

Come on. All that "must" make it right.

Way to avoid it.

Must be the lawyer coming through. Call him a lawyer, then.

Then call him a liar. Call him a murderer. Most Presidents have been both. Some, all three.

NBS, you absolutely have to know that it was a racist comment.

How about "everything but a black man", or "everything but a red man", or "everything but a yellow man."

Your justification, in both reason and intent, is ridiculous.


jackscrow   ·  February 27, 2008 09:10 PM

And another thing:

Presidents sign up for that; the liar and murderer crap.

They make the decisions; justifiable wars or not, crisis and disinformation of all kind throughout history, and they are still gonna get called names by the other side(s).

Thans has NOTHING to do with racist remarks.

And you are a smart guy. You know it.

jackscrow   ·  February 27, 2008 09:36 PM

Jackscrow,
Presidents sign up for the slurs from the crackpots out there, not from the mainstream media or the Speaker of the House. As for whether Willie's remarks were racist, honestly, I do not see how they were.

NBS   ·  February 28, 2008 10:21 AM

I wasn't aware McCain's campaign said Willie's remarks were rascist. Can you cite or link?

carsick   ·  February 28, 2008 12:30 PM

Carsick,
I was responding to Jackscrow, who said the remarks were racist. As for the McCain campaign, I am assuming they think the remarks were racist too--otherwise, why the hell are they bothering to have their candidate repudiate them?

NBS   ·  February 28, 2008 12:56 PM

And I was refering to the remarks "Willie" made on WLW, Jim Scott, Wed.AM.

Read the posts and quotes.

jackscrow   ·  February 28, 2008 01:26 PM

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