Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Roy Blunt Disses Fox Television Reporter

Posted By on Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 8:18 AM

"Aw, shucks. I thought she was with CNN."
  • "Aw, shucks. I thought she was with CNN."
"Aw, shucks. I thought she was with CNN."
Senate hopeful Roy Blunt seems to have forgotten that Fox television is his friend. After all, Fox News is suing his Democratic challenger Robin Carnahan over a commercial that ties Blunt to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and questions Blunt's romance with a tobacco lobbyist -- who later became his wife -- and who stood to benefit from earmarks Blunt inserted into a bill in support of Phillip Morris.

Apparently, though, the love between Blunt and Fox exists only on the network level. Blunt is still allowed to treat local Fox affiliates, such as KTVI Channel 2 in St. Louis, as filthy street beggars.

Observe the following clip, in which Blunt hastily leaves a question-and-answer session following last Friday's debate at the Lake of the Ozarks and scolds KTVI reporter Betsy Bruce for daring to ask him for a quick interview. 

Blunt's rebuke of Bruce comes at the two-minute mark...
 Says Blunt to Bruce: "I've had plenty of St. Louis events and you could have come to all of them."

This morning, Post-Dispatch political scribe Tony Messenger points out in his column that, unlike Blunt, Carnahan stayed following the debate to talk to reporters. Messenger further hints that the Republican may have been quick to leave because he was angry he lost the debate.

In related news, yesterday Carnahan's campaign released a poll of potential voters suggesting that she has pulled within five percentage points (the margin of error) of Blunt, 41 percent to 46 percent. 

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