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April 28, 2008 10:29 PM UTC

Schaffer and Wadhams Team Up to Attack Blog Reporter

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  • by: Colorado Pols

The Bob Schaffer campaign for U.S. Senate continues to get weirder and weirder. Schaffer and campaign manager Dick Wadhams sat down for an interview with a reporter from the blog PolitickerCO, and proceeded to berate and browbeat the hell out of him:

PolitickerCO.com interviewed Schaffer in Westminster last Tuesday. Schaffer was accompanied by his campaign manager, Dick Wadhams, who jumped into the conversation at several points.

PolitickerCO: The campaign’s been fairly quiet about the whole Mariana Islands controversy since it came out in the Post about a week or so ago. What’s your take on this whole controversy and how it’s played out?

Schaffer: Why don’t you describe the controversy?

PolitickerCO: Well, just that the Post put out a series of articles detailing how, one, you went to the Marianas Islands and it was funded by or organized by Preston Gates…

Schaffer: Really? Was it?

Wadhams: No.

(Editor’s Note: Schaffer’s trip, according to the Denver Post, was not paid for by Preston Gates, jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s former law firm. According to the Post, it was paid for by the California-based Traditional Values Coalition, which Schaffer described as a religious group “concerned with human rights.” The Post also reported that “Later investigations have shown that in many instances, TVC – which claims to represent 43,000 churches – acted virtually as a political arm of Abramoff’s lobbying operation.”)

Schaffer: Why don’t you take the opportunity to substantiate your comment just now?

PolitickerCO: Sure, sure. This is just -well, what is your take on the controversy? Why don’t you fill me in?

Schaffer: Why don’t you describe the controversy?

PolitickerCO: The controversy?

Schaffer: Yeah.

PolitickerCO: Well, just what’s been in the papers, and there’s a whole series of things – and I’m not asking you so much to talk about the controversy itself, but how’s it’s played out and what the reaction’s been in the media and — that’s what I’m going for.

Schaffer: Well, the Denver Post has a hard time arriving at a factual and truthful representation of a 1998 event (Editor’s Note: Schaffer visited the Marianas in August of 1999). And that probably causes controversy for the Denver Post. Maybe you should take it up with them.

PolitickerCO: Just trying to get your take on it. Just trying to get your take on it.

Schaffer: I’m not sure what “it” is. I’m asking you to describe that.

PolitickerCO: The controversy-the reaction to the Denver Post articles. That’s what I mean by “it.” And what you see as the effect–

Schaffer: Jeremy, if you’re going to ask me-anyway, now listen, I love questions. I love talking about campaigns. If you’ve got something you want me to answer, you’ve got to tell me what you want me to answer.

PolitickerCO: I’m trying to tell you right now. I’m asking what your take is on the reaction and the effect of the Denver Post articles on this topic- that’s my question.

Schaffer: I think it’s probably hurt the credibility of the Denver Post.

PolitickerCO: Why?

Schaffer: Well, because when any news organization fails to report accurately and completely on any topic, readers tend to, um, assign lower and lower levels of credibility to reporters that make no pretense for objectivity – a political reporter, any kind of reporter.

PolitickerCO: What specifically – when you say inaccurate, what do you mean?

Schaffer: Things that they stated that were not true.

PolitickerCO: Like what?

Schaffer: You can, uh…Well, there were several. But frankly, I’m not here to talk about the Denver Post. If that’s an interest to you-I mean, it’s nice that you ask about the Denver Post, and I’ve made some comments, but you probably ought to talk to the Denver Post about their stories, their reporting, their controversies. I’m just not hired by them to do that.

Yes, it’s really that weird–the whole interview goes on like this. Was this the plan for Schaffer and Wadhams–to try to make a reporter for a blog feel stupid? Because it sure doesn’t take Schaffer and Wadhams very long to get hostile in what was a very obvious innocuous question to start of with.

Or maybe the strategy was to give Schaffer a new identity: Temperamental jerk. Because no unbiased person could read this interview and think that Schaffer and Wadhams were anything but unnecessarily hostile and aggressive.

Either this is a joke, or Schaffer and Wadhams have just completely f***ing lost it.

 

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26 thoughts on “Schaffer and Wadhams Team Up to Attack Blog Reporter

  1. until Wadhams challenges the interviewer to lob softballs.

    Wadhams: Jeremy, this whole interview stands in stark contrast to that fluff piece you did on Udall. I don’t know if we’re going to go any further on this. So if you want to continue with this line of questioning, we’re going to cut it off right now.

    PolitickerCO: All right, I’ll move on to the next question.

    Wadhams: Very good.

    PolitickerCO: Not a problem.

    Wadhams: Keep moving.

    PolitickerCO: Sure. [Turning to Schaffer] What has been your take on the campaign in general so far? Has it played out the way that you expected it to, or has there been surprises for you?

    Schaffer: It’s going great. {…]

      1. Maybe the reporter could have done better, but I think what did happen is pretty awful for Schaffer. In some ways this is worse for him than if the reporter had really hard-hitting questions that Schaffer parried. Schaffer looks like a complete doofus with how he responded.

        1. Dick Wadhams that is; a bully, someone who thinks he doesn’t have to be open and honest with the press but can lie and give him the run-around. It makes him look like a jerk. I feel bad for the reporter.

          I would expect this out of Wadhams, giving his reputation for stiff-arming the press, but for a candidate to just humiliate a reporter like this is unprofessional, uncalled for, and un-statesman-like.

          Is this how Schaffer is going to treat his constituents when we start asking the hard questions? If so, he failed yet another interview.

          1. Every reporter from this point forward will go in loaded for bear and refusing to take any flack from them.

            You always treat reporters well. You can “respectfully disagree” and push them to be “more fair” but always while sucking up. That’s politics 101.

  2. Though I’ve chewed out the PolitickerNV guy in interviews before.

    They’re not great reporters. It’s sort of a political reporter boot camp. I’m surprised the Emperor and Vader even gave him an interview.

  3. Schaffer:Well, because when any news organization fails to report accurately and completely on any topic, readers tend to, um, assign lower and lower levels of credibility to reporters that make no pretense for objectivity – a political reporter, any kind of reporter.

    You mean each time DickWad calls Mark Udall a “boulder liberal,” the news organization still quotes the idiot even though it’s not accurate or on topic?

    Or how about all those right-wing radio stations you went on that graciously gave your hours of airtime to assault Mark Udall with misinformation?

    Dick and Bob have about as much credibility as Dick and George.

    1. from Preston-Gates and Greenburg Traurig PACs, which also gave money to Wayne Allard and virtually every other member of the Colorado delegation.

      Could it be Schaffer was inconsequential enough (having lame-ducked himself with his term-limits pledge) that he didn’t merit the donations, while everyone else did?  

  4. reported what is possibly the most stupid quote of the past decade:


    “In five days, I did not observe a forced abortion or meet anybody who had any knowledge of them.”

    Who could argue with that?

    1. in regards to the issue as well as who he was dealing with, specifically Wadhams.

      Let that serve as a warning to others who dare tread in those footsteps.

    1. Yeah, this will work….

      Schaffer: Well, because when any news organization fails to report accurately and completely on any topic, readers tend to, um, assign lower and lower levels of credibility to reporters that make no pretense for objectivity – a political reporter, any kind of reporter.

      PolitickerCO: What specifically – when you say inaccurate, what do you mean?

      Schaffer: Things that they stated that were not true.

      PolitickerCO: Like what?

      Schaffer: You can, uh…Well, there were several. But frankly, I’m not here to talk about the Denver Post.

      Where there’s smoke there’s fire.  

      1. REPORTER: Bob, did you go to the N. Marianas on a junket paid by an Abramoff-linked group, tour some sweatshops, go parasailing in a yellow bathing suit, and then return to whitewash widespread reports of human rights abuses and forced abortions in that island ?

        BOB: NO, THAT IS COMLETELY FALSE, I most certainly did NOT go to the N. Marianas on a junket paid by an Abramoff-linked group, tour some sweatshops, go parasailing in a yellow bathing suit, and then return to whitewash widespread reports of human rights abuses and forced abortions in that island.

        Everyone knows it was a green bathing suit I was wearing ! Your story is completely inaccurate !

        What a dick.

  5. Schaffer and Wadhams are going to try to play “whack a mole” with citizen journalists.

    I’m not so sure this is going to be an effective use of their time, considering how many of us there are.

    Still, it’s going to be fun. Bring it on.

        1. but he’s a beginning reporter, otherwise listing some internships on his bio. The point is, Pelzer is a bog reporter but he’s not a “citizen journalist” in the sense Ralphie meant.

  6. If indeed the reporter was not quite prepared for this with a series of incisive questions, then Wadhams or Schaffer or Wadhams/Schaffer together could have easily overwhelmed him with their version of the truth.  Instead, it was another Macaca moment for Wadhams, and Schaffer appears to be totally lost and utterly misguided.  Do they believe the questions and comments about the Marianas are just going to stop?

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  7. According to the Denver Post:

    http://www.denverpost.com/brea

    A state Board of Education employee has been indicted for alleged marijuana trafficking.

    Valencia Darlene Lopez, 36, of Aurora turned herself in to Idaho authorities today after she was indicted by a federal grand jury there.

    “That is where the investigation took place. She received it (marijuana) here and sent it to Idaho for sale,” said Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the Office of the U.S. Attorney in Denver.

    According to the indictment, beginning in 1993 through early this month, Lopez conspired with others to distribute 100 kilos of pot. She also faces three counts of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

    Does this mean Bob Schaffer has employed an alleged drug kingpin since he joined the Board? Sure it does.

    Will Bob Schaffer take responsibility for potentially corrupting Colorado’s children by his association with the indicted employee? We’ll see …

  8. It’s a refusal to be sucked into a “when did you stop beating your wife” yellow-journalism question.

    Good for Schaffer (and I’m not a big fan of his).

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