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Mr. She is a fan of morning local talk radio (a mixed blessing). However, this morning’s program turned up this little gem, which involves a voicemail left by a reporter attempting to set up an interview with John James, Republican candidate for Senate in Michigan. The voice mail isn’t particularly instructive. The musings of the reporter, once she fails to have disconnected the phone, are. (The next video in the sequence is John James on Tucker Carlson’s show, discussing the VM.)

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There are 19 comments.

  1. Member

    I read she has already- and quite rightly- been fired. Good. 

    • #1
    • November 6, 2018 at 6:04 am
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  2. Member

    Er- aside from having an opinion, what’s the problem?

    • #2
    • November 6, 2018 at 6:25 am
    • 3 likes
  3. Moderator
    She Post author

    John Peabody (View Comment):

    Er- aside from having an opinion, what’s the problem?

    Well, her problem appears to be that employer has indeed fired her and she’s out of a job. Possibly on the grounds that, as a responsible reporter, expressing opinions and having a little meltdown like that while she is on the clock, and being paid for objectivity and professionalism, is grounds for dismissal. Which it seems to have been. Many employers restrict the absolute free speech and actions of their employees, the NFL notwithstanding. Nothing new there.

    • #3
    • November 6, 2018 at 6:38 am
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  4. Thatcher

    We had the last Trump rally here in Fort Wayne IN last night. Being a little under the weather, I didn’t listen intensely to the live TV coverage, but it was a solid hour long.

    I wish Trump would have gone 100 miles north to say Battle Creek MI to help Mr. James, but Trump probably wanted to end his marathon on a high note. The Republican Mike Braun comes across to some as a “mean middle age male,” and wasn’t the first choice of the Indiana Republican party. In typical Indiana Democrat fashion, Joe Donnelly recently tried to look middle-of-the road and played up his working with Trump to get legislation passed, but after his vote against Kavanaugh, he’s through.

    • #4
    • November 6, 2018 at 6:52 am
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  5. Member

    John Peabody (View Comment):

    Er- aside from having an opinion, what’s the problem?

    Simple business decision. The Huron Daily Tribune is a Hearst newspaper, as are the other papers in the area. The counties in the “thumb” area voted 67-70 percent for Trump in 2016. In today’s media environment they really can’t afford to piss off their readership.

    • #5
    • November 6, 2018 at 6:56 am
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  6. Member

    John Peabody (View Comment):

    Er- aside from having an opinion, what’s the problem?

    Holding a publicly visible job and embarrassing the whatsits out of her employer owing to inferior phone handling skills. Even worse than kneeling for the national anthem, but not quite as bad as burning the flag.

    • #6
    • November 6, 2018 at 7:18 am
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  7. Member

    Haha! Is it wrong to enjoy progressive angst this much?

    Here’s Tucker’s interview:

    • #7
    • November 6, 2018 at 7:50 am
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  8. Thatcher

    Sisyphus (View Comment):
    Holding a publicly visible job and embarrassing the whatsits out of her employer owing to inferior phone handling skills. Even worse than kneeling for the national anthem, but not quite as bad as burning the flag.

    You can still blame this on the employer. As Andrew Klavan and Dennis Prager rightly point out, the media should hire enough conservatives to temper this outburst. The reporter would not say “can you imagine James winning?’ along with the expletive if a non-leftist was within earshot. And maybe that reporter would talk with the conservative to find out what makes them tick, and not be surprised at the potential outcome.

    • #8
    • November 6, 2018 at 7:59 am
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  9. Moderator
    She Post author

    Sisyphus (View Comment):

    John Peabody (View Comment):

    Er- aside from having an opinion, what’s the problem?

    Holding a publicly visible job and embarrassing the whatsits out of her employer owing to inferior phone handling skills. Even worse than kneeling for the national anthem, but not quite as bad as burning the flag.

    You’re right. She should have been fired on the basis of technological incompetence alone. If she can’t manage even 19th-century technology, she needs a different sort of job.

    • #9
    • November 6, 2018 at 8:01 am
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  10. Member

    (I know that she lost her job due to her remarks, and I have no quibble with the employer for the firing). But, I saw this incident pop up in three blogs today, and when I finally listened to it myself, it seemed incredibly minor and un-interesting. Who cares what people mutter after a phone call? Did we expect her to say, “Golly gee, I hope that the best candidate wins, and I hope to interview him on Wednesday!”

    • #10
    • November 6, 2018 at 8:22 am
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  11. Member

    Thank you for protecting our right to know. (Formerly the job of the news media.) 

    • #11
    • November 6, 2018 at 8:30 am
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  12. Member

    John Peabody (View Comment):

    (I know that she lost her job due to her remarks, and I have no quibble with the employer for the firing). But, I saw this incident pop up in three blogs today, and when I finally listened to it myself, it seemed incredibly minor and un-interesting. Who cares what people mutter after a phone call? Did we expect her to say, “Golly gee, I hope that the best candidate wins, and I hope to interview him on Wednesday!”

    I would expect her to keep her opinions to herself while she’s on the job, like the news media people claim they do. 

    • #12
    • November 6, 2018 at 8:32 am
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  13. Member

    I saw this on Tucker last night. Just disgraceful, and she sounded so immature as well.

    • #13
    • November 6, 2018 at 9:09 am
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  14. Member

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    I saw this on Tucker last night. Just disgraceful, and she sounded so immature as well.

    That is a defining feature of leftists — people who just want to be taken of care of by Daddy Government — perpetual adolescence. 

    • #14
    • November 6, 2018 at 9:12 am
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    RightAngles (View Comment):

    I saw this on Tucker last night. Just disgraceful, and she sounded so immature as well.

    Recall when Pres. Obama’s national security adviser Ben Rhodes explained to the NYT how he was able to persuade journalists that Iran had a more moderate gov’t- “The average reporter covering foreign affairs is a 27 year old who literally doesn’t know anything.”

    The result of being ‘educated’ by Post-Modernists.

    (I don’t know why the above was published in bold)

    • #15
    • November 6, 2018 at 12:10 pm
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  16. Member

    Vectorman (View Comment):
    The Republican Mike Braun comes across to some as a “mean middle age male,” and wasn’t the first choice of the Indiana Republican party.

    This is true and the only reason this race is close is because a number of R’s seem to have taken offense to their candidate not winning. I guess we’ve heard this story before.

    I really don’t get it. The choice, and I’m just going to be realistic for a moment, if illogical. The choice is really Braun or Schumer. It’s not that Donnelly has done tremendous wrongs to Hoosiers, it’s just that he will empower people who have no agenda other than power. It’s unfortunate and still seems like a Washington vs. everyone else situation.

    • #16
    • November 6, 2018 at 12:10 pm
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  17. Contributor

    I saw this on PowerLine. Steven Hayward‘s comment: “Always remember: these people hate you. Vote accordingly.”

    • #17
    • November 6, 2018 at 2:31 pm
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  18. Member

    John Peabody (View Comment):

    (I know that she lost her job due to her remarks, and I have no quibble with the employer for the firing). But, I saw this incident pop up in three blogs today, and when I finally listened to it myself, it seemed incredibly minor and un-interesting. Who cares what people mutter after a phone call? Did we expect her to say, “Golly gee, I hope that the best candidate wins, and I hope to interview him on Wednesday!”

    She handed a November surprise to a candidate she, and undoubtedly her bosses, were hoping would tank. In the packed contenders for most inept political hack of 2018, she could well share the winners’ circle with Diane Feinstein. 

    • #18
    • November 6, 2018 at 7:23 pm
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  19. Contributor

    This man has a bright future. Michigan will be lucky to have him in the House in 2020 or running for Senate again, against Gary Peters, a first term Senator. Salon points out that James, with little more than shoe leather, came closer to beating Stabenow than either her first or second term opponents.

    Michigan voters have re-elected Senator Debbie Stabenow to a third term — but the Democrat did not cruise to re-election. The race was called by the New York Times, with Stabenow leading with 52 percent of the vote to 46 percent for her Republican challenger John James. Stabenow was elected to a second term in 2012, winning her race by 20 percentage points. In 2006, she won by 15 points.

    James got it down to single digits without anything like the money and free press poured into Beto O’Rourke’s campaign.

    • #19
    • November 6, 2018 at 10:16 pm
    • 6 likes