When I heard that Delaware ’s Channel 28 failed to run Christine O’Donnell’s 30 minute ad on Sunday night – and again on Monday morning, I emailed the Channel 28 staff. Their Production Manager, David ‘Daps’ Reinert, responded to me relatively quickly. Here’s what he said:
“From: Daps [email protected]
Sent: Mon, November 1, 2010 9:10:22 AM
First of all, you have no idea what the situation is or what has happened and you do not know me from Adam. I do not appreciate such a judgment of myself or my business based on ignorance of what is the reality. We only provide Comcast with the programs to be aired. It is out of our hands at that point. Now, that being said, the edited program did not enter my possesion until 9:30pm Sunday night. It was originally agreed to be to me on Friday at 5:30pm. Even if it was delayed until Saturday afternoon, no problems would have arisen, however, at Sunday night, we are relying on the underpaid employees at Comcast to do things that they are in any way required to do. These are things that the O’Donnell camp were not aware of when arranging the air time. But again, the program was supposed to be ready much much earlier. I worked the entire weekend with the O’Donnell camp and I personally did not offer my services to not see the project fail. So, in closing, I have no problems looking at myself in the morning because I do my job and I do it well. And as far as political alliances go, that is really none of your business, but since I have started, you can rest assured that I am a registered non-partisan citizen, and personally have no plans on voting, nor do I have any inclination to damage either parties campaigns.”
Make note of the fact that the only “situation” I knew of was that Channel 28 failed to fulfill their contract with Christine O’Donnell; they did not run her ad during the agreed upon time slots. And they failed to communicate to the O’Donnell campaign that the ad would not be run.
Later the same day, Tim Qualls, Channel 28 Executive Producer, came out with a statement as reported by Bluegrass Pundit:
“Tim Qualls, executive producer at Channel 28, said in an interview the ad did not air because O’Donnell’s campaign did not bring a tape to the production studio by the agreed upon deadline. She reserved the time on Thursday, for $2,500, and agreed to bring a tape by Friday at 5 p.m., Qualls said.
Tim Qualls also said he was a Republican who planned to vote for O’Donnell until the ad controversy.
He said he is a Republican and had planned to vote for O’Donnell, but the tape situation changed his mind. “She’s lost my vote,” Qualls said.
Qualls does his own show on Channel 28 called ‘The Tim Qualls Show.’ On August 27, 2010, Qualls interviewed Chris Coons. Coons is currently Tim Qualls’ County Executive. The video is posted on Channel 28’s website. This is the most obsequious, fawning, softball interview ever. This interview would make Larry King blush. Some highlights of Qualls comments from the segment are:
Introducing the Coons interview:
01:53 (six years) “When he came on and we met the family and fell in love with him…”
01:57 (speaking of Coons) “What a great man…”
04:23 (speaking of Coons) “My good friend…”
Qualls lets Coons spend several minutes touting his accomplishments while he exclaims, “Holy cow!”
9:41 “You’ve done such a great job…”
9:48 “I don’t feel bad now that you raised my taxes.”
11:40 “Now I’m saying, wait a minute, I don’t want to vote for you because I don’t want you to leave…”
11:52 “It’s important we get to Washington with that very same mindset that you are talking about…”
14:03 “I want to say what a fantastic job you did in County government and no matter where we can keep you in office, we need to keep you in office.”
You decide if Tim Qualls sounds like a Christine O’Donnell voter.
Tim Qualls’ August 27, 2010 radio interview with Chris Coons can be found here.
So what do you think? Did Channel 28 fail to fulfill their contract with Christine O’Donnell because the tape was delayed? Or do you think they’re just another one of the media’s “Corrupt Bastards” that we’ve learned so much about these past few years?
By the way, did you know that Chris Coons stands to make a ton of money through his family business if Cap and Trade passes? If he becomes Senator, he said he’ll vote to pass Cap and Trade. Note that he would be seated during the lame-duck session… while the Senate is still controlled by Democrats. A perfect time to try to shove Cap and Trade down the throats of the American people. Reference this News Journal article.
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