Monday, February 25, 2008

That "technical glitch" that is claimed was the reason Don Siegelman segment didn't run in Alabama? Didn't happen says CBS executive

Thanks to DIGGER WaltDismal, who gave me the heads up to this!


I am now hearing from readers all across Northern Alabama—from Decatur to Huntsville and considerably on down—that a mysterious “service interruption” blocked the broadcast of only the Siegelman segment of 60 Minutes this evening. The broadcaster is Channel 19 WHNT, which serves Northern Alabama and Southern Tennessee. This station was noteworthy for its hostility to Siegelman and support for his Republican adversary. The station ran a trailer stating “We apologize that you missed the first segment of 60 Minutes tonight featuring ‘The Prosecution of Don Siegelman.’ It was a techincal problem with CBS out of New York.” I contacted CBS News in New York and was told that “there is no delicate way to put this: the WHNT claim is not true. There were no transmission difficulties. The problems were peculiar to Channel 19, which had the signal and had functioning transmitters.” I was told that the decision to blacken screens across Northern Alabama “could only have been an editorial call.”

Here is the action item:
Channel 19 is owned by Oak Hill Capital Partners, who can be contacted through Rhonda Barnat, phone number 212-371-5999, .

Oak Hill Partners represents interests of the Bass family, which contribute heavily to the Republican Party. Viewers displeased about the channel’s decision to censor the broadcast should express their views directly to the station management or to the owners.

Not that I am suggesting you call Rhonda or email her, to voice your displeasure.
Not suggesting this at all - simply listing the contact numbers snagged from

Edit: DIGG button shows no DIGGs and points directly to my blog as a whole, not the actual post, while if you click on the story the DIGGs are there for this specific post. Weird. Be advised please.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good stuff keep it up!