Archive for the ‘Press Bias’ Category

"Happy Hour" Ballard Still Ignores Facts

July 13, 2007

Oklahoma City’s worst television journalist, Cherokee ‘Happy Hour’ Ballard, was on KTOK’s Noon News yesterday pitching last night’s latest puff piece on behalf of her friends, the stomach-turning Briggs family.

Ballard, considered one of Oklahoma City’s worst reporters, has ignored the possible involvement of Kathie Briggs, Kelsey’s grandmother, in the abuse of Kelsey Smith Briggs, who was killed in 2005. Judge Craig Key, who ruled that Kelsey should be removed from Kathie Briggs and returned her to her mother Raye Dawn Smith six months before Kelsey was murdered, strongly hinted that something awful was happening to Kelsey when she was in Kathie Briggs’ custody. Key was defeated in 2006, largely because of the controversy fueled by Kelsey’s murder.

Kathie Briggs, who has used Kelsey’s death to ‘champion’ a number of child advocacy ’causes’ in the ensuing years, and son Lance enjoyed some brief fame early on, but the pair have fallen from grace recently as their true character emerged, specifically regarding their manipulation of the media, who fell under their spell as they relayed false and misleading information to the media designed to slander Smith. The pair also launched some frivolous lawsuits to get rich and sponsored some highly questionable “charities.” Most media outlets have been embarrassed by their participation in the Briggs’ spin machine, and have moderated their blatantly pro-Briggs propaganda.

Except for ‘Happy Hour’ Ballard, who continues to ignore the stunning revelations about Kathie Briggs brought forth by informed bloggers and Judge Key’s book about Kathie Briggs involvement in the sordid affair, and is instead launching an effort to expose spanking. Happy Hour lists no children on her KFOR biography page, but says she’ll be exploring Raye Dawn’s use of spanking. She even said she will have co-workers of Smith’s who heard Smith talk about using spanking! After all, we all know people with no children are experts at raising others’ children!

Should Journalists Donate to Campaigns? MSNBC Research Reveals Journalist Gave 9-1 to Democrats

June 22, 2007
Elk City News Publisher Donated $2,500 to AG Edmondson in ’06

Edmondson Accepts Contributions from Tulsa World Chairman in ’06; Also Receives Paper’s Endorsement


Anyone who reads the Oklahoma Political News Service regularly knows that we have railed for months on the incestuous relationship between the Oklahoma Media and Oklahoma Politicians – particularly Democratic ones. We always felt it was unethical for a member or owner of the media to be contributing to a politician’s campaigns.

Today, the MSNBC website has published a list of more than 140 journalists who donated to political candidates in the last three years. The network counted donations from 2004 to 2007, and listed journalists in every discipline – from public radio to online. The sample found that the journalist gave 9-1 to Democrats. Surprise, surprise!

The political reporter for the St. Louis Post Dispatch wrote this today regarding her and other journalists giving money to politicians:

“The Post-Dispatch has had a written policy for some time that bars or discourages (depends on staff member’s position) campaign contributions or public political activity, while also reaffirming journalists’ right to participate in the political process (voting.) Most reporters in the industry — (there’s tens of thousands) — do not donate money to political candidates, because of concerns about public perception of bias. The St. Louis chapter of the Newspaper Guild, the union which represents reporters and others at the Post-Dispatch, also has a provision in its by-laws that the chapter will make no political contributions.”

Maybe the Oklahoma media could take a lesson or two here. Just a thought.

Tell Tulsa What You Think!

May 7, 2007

From the meeciteewurkor blog:

Listening to KFAQ this morning, I was greatly disturbed (and disgusted) that the Tulsa World would run story after story which are obviously geared toward the “Pro-illegal immigration” crowd.

I called in to KFAQ and Gwen and Chris graciously allowed me to vent the anger I was feeling towards the Tulsa World and the obvious slanted prose they put out in what they call the daily paper.

If you heard those words, then you know that you have an opportunity to tell the Tulsa World, Tulsa, and Governor Brad Henry what you think about illegal immigration and the House Bill currently on Brad Henry’s desk which he needs to sign. Read more…

Quick, Hide the Women & Children; OKGOP Allegedly Engages in Political Parody

May 7, 2007

The so called Oklahoma Independent Media Center researchers seem to have too much times on their hands. How else to explain them having their panties in a bunch over the alleged scandal of the OKPGOP using a photo shopped picture of Speaker Nancy Pelosi on their website recently.

OIMC says on their website:“We are a grassroots, community-based collective striving to provide universal access to news media without corporate filtering. This is a progressive outlet committed to amplifying the voices of everyday people and especially those working for justice and equality in Oklahoma and around the world.”

Isn’t progressive code word for liberal Democrat? Read below an excerpt from their “expose”:

The front page of the Oklahoma Republican Party’s web site presents an image of the Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, which they accurately refer to as “disturbing”.

But the disturbing aspect of the image is its relationship to reality and its use on the website of a supposedly reputable organization of mature adults to disparage its subject in a not-so-subtle fashion. The image is clearly digitally distorted (“Photoshopped“)in order to present the Speaker as old, haggard and ugly, with heavily rouged cheeks, sloppy lipstick and lines, bulges and veins that do not actually exist on the Speaker’s face.

First, If you want to investigate real political bias in the Oklahoma media, here’s a link for you. Second, we’re not so sure the photo has been altered. The pictures were clearly taken at different times. Speaker Pelosi has been in public life a long time, maybe the first picture is more recent.

Sunday Morning Puff Piece

April 23, 2007

We presented a piece a couple of weeks ago on the political affiliations of the Capitol press corps. We posted a list of several reporters who were registered as Democrats. Now that’s not a crime within itself, or, even suggests that these fine reporters aren’t capable of writing stories without inflicting their personal biases. But a story yesterday by Tulsa World reporter Barbara Hoberock, makes us seriously question her motives behind her Brad Henry, Drew Edmondson puff piece.

OKPNS fully understands that reporters do not write the headlines for their stories, but the following headline for Hoberock’s story gives you a gist of the angle of the piece: “AG Gave Advice on Abortion Bill” with the sub headline: “Henry Was Told About Problems With a Hotly Debated Abortion Measure.”

Why does a story of the attorney general performing his duties – dispensing legal advice to the governor and other state agencies – warrant a 15 paragraph story? Many could surmise that this story is meant to deflect from the question of the morality or immorality of abortion, and instead, turn Henry’s controversial veto last week into a question of legalities only.

Martin Luther King wrote about obeying “just and unjust laws” in his famous letter from a Birmingham jail.

“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all”

Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.”

We can’t imagine aborting a fetus or a baby “squares with the moral law or the law of God.”

Capitol Press Corps Party Affiliations

April 11, 2007

As a public service to our readers, we had our crack research team (one intern) perform a diligent search of the party affiliations of a few of the capitol reporters who bring us the news each day. We’ll be sharing with you periodically the results as we receive them. To many of you, the results will be no surprise, to others, it may make you read the news with a little bit more of a critical eye towards the source.

*Mark BeutlerOETA (Democrat)

*Erin BoeckmanOklahoma Publishing Today (Democrat)

*Janice Francis-SmithJournal Record (Democrat)

*John GreinerThe Oklahoman (Democrat)

*Darwin MaxeyOklahoma Publishing Today (Democrat)

*Jeff PackhamJournal Record/Legislative Report (Democrat)

*Marie PriceJournal Record (Democrat)

*Tim TalleyAssociated Press (Democrat)

OK Press: Day Late, Dollar Short

April 7, 2007

New media lesson of the day

The Oklahoma Political News Service posted yesterday at 1:00 in the afternoon that Drew Edmondson’s campaign had given an illegal contribution to Jeff McMahan. We actually had the tip in our inbox at 8:38, but due to other pressing commitments, we couldn’t post it till early afternoon. If Simian sycophants and the mainstream OK press want to declare this morning that Rep. Mike Reynolds discovered the discrepancy, Fine. Our readers know where they read it first. (By the way, thanks for reading Representative!) It only illustrates another example of the lazy press in Oklahoma and the “pseudo consultants” who really don’t understand the power and emergence of the blogosphere and the “new media.”

Blogs will always be more timely and scoop the old school press simply because of the immediacy of the internet. While the old school media have a staff of reporters, blogs have legions of citizen reporters, tipsters, and insiders who have access to vast amounts of information a beat reporter will never have. Sorry to have to break news to you that you probably already know old school press, but your industry is dying, and unless you become more “progressive” (a word we hate but is applicable here) you will go the way of the Dodo bird and the Ford Edsel. Blogs ARE your competition but don’t necessarily have to be your enemy; they can and actually do compliment your efforts.

You now see all around the country, major newspapers embracing the blogosphere. In the neighboring state of Missouri, the newspapers in St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield and Columbia, each have political blogs and a reporter assigned to update that blog. They frequently link to posts by popular local and statewide bloggers and have no problem giving a “hat tip” to a blogger who breaks a story before they do. They’ve learned you can either try to beat the blogs (impossible) or join them. Unfortunately as incestuous as the relationship is between the press and Democratic politicians in Oklahoma, don’t expect much change anytime soon.

Birds of a Feather…

April 6, 2007

EXCLUSIVE: Edmondson campaign illegally gives to Jeff McMahan (Go figure???)

One would think that the chief law enforcement official for the state of Oklahoma would know that it is illegal for a campaign committee to contribute to another candidate. Edmondson’s campaign gave the embattled and ethically challenged state auditor $500 back in ’05. Was this a simple oversight, or another example of the sheer audacity and arrogance of Edmondson?

Edmondson and his cronies probably assumed they didn’t have to worry much about the OK press, especially when you have the Tulsa World publisher giving you $2,000. Don’t expect the OK lapdogs to cover this story or follow up on it. The Oklahoma Political News Service will continue to investigate.

Related: Edmondson Says He Plans to Keep $1,000 Contribution From Stipe

The Bumblin’ Stumblin’ Oklahoma Press

April 4, 2007

Heaven knows we’ve taken our fair share of deserved shots at the lazy Oklahoma press. We’ve chronicled the startling conflicts of interest of major and small town newspaper publishers and television executives giving campaign contributions to the attorney general, while in return, giving negligible or non existent coverage of alleged misdeeds by the AG from a former employee in his office.

We’ve posted audio of ethically challenged State Auditor & Inspector Jeff McMahan, admitting to a former employee that he’s firing her for strictly political reasons, but promising to “find her job.” The press never followed up on it. We could go on and on. Click here for more examples of Oklahoma press bias.

What’s the old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words?” The above video sums up the OK press succinctly in 44 seconds. Enjoy!

The Bumblin’ Stumblin’ Oklahoma Press

April 4, 2007

Heaven knows we’ve taken our fair share of deserved shots at the lazy Oklahoma press. We’ve chronicled the startling conflicts of interest of major and small town newspaper publishers and television executives giving campaign contributions to the attorney general, while in return, giving negligible or non existent coverage of alleged misdeeds by the AG from a former employee in his office.

We’ve posted audio of ethically challenged State Auditor & Inspector Jeff McMahan, admitting to a former employee that he’s firing her for strictly political reasons, but promising to “find her job.” The press never followed up on it. We could go on and on. Click here for more examples of Oklahoma press bias.

What’s the old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words?” The above video sums up the OK press succinctly in 44 seconds. Enjoy!