Wednesday evening and, again, at 10:00 p.m, KTUU-TV in Anchorage played a long interview segment with Anchorage Assemblymen Dan Coffey and Allan Tesche. Guess what they were talking about? Not the governor's pregnancy, that's for sure.
Coffey, following the example of his partner in illegal deputy treasuring Bill Starr's APOC statement, blamed his campaign violations and probable misdemeanor-level fleecing on the person who got his ineptly made phone call, Tesche.
Almost as inept was KTUU reporter Rebecca Paisha's story on this. Not only did her story give Coffey uncritical predominance, the camera work accompanying it lent an air of authority to Coffey it denied to Tesche. The closest it got to critical examination of the legal ramifications of what one can or should do when getting an erroneously made recording like Coffey made was to, well, was to, was to......do no critical examination. Paisha turned it into an attorney against attorney hissy fit at best, a dirty trick by Tesche at worst.
KTUU's uncritical airing of Coffey's untrue statement, "What I did was shot my mouth off, what he did was a crime," is TV journalism at its worst.
KTUU has a responsibility, when airing such an inflammatory statement, of getting an independent legal or criminal opinion and airing it in the same segment.
This is the first time I've criticized KTUU here, at least to this degree. I don't have a spare minute this morning. The only reason I'm even making a morning post on this is that I'm really, really pissed.