December 10, 2008

KHQA Renounces Its Nov. 5 Story, But Reported Obama-Blago Meeting as a Fact on Nov. 8

This is entering into the realm of the bizarre — from the web site of KHQA TV (HT LGF), regarding a story I have saved at my web host from November 5 (bold is mine):

KHQA TV wishes to offer clarification regarding a story that appeared last month on our website The story, which discussed the appointment of a replacement for President Elect Obama in the U.S. Senate, became the subject of much discussion on talk radio and on blog sites Wednesday.

The story housed in our website archive was on the morning of November 5, 2008. It suggested that a meeting was scheduled later that day between President Elect Obama and Illinois Governor Blagojevich. KHQA has no knowledge that any meeting ever took place. Governor Blagojevich did appear at a news conference in Chicago on that date.

That’s fine, except for the fact that the KHQA story in my NewsBusters/BizzyBlog post earlier today was from November 8 — three days later (link again is to a file saved at my web host, obtained from Google cache shortly before it disappeared). It (obviously) talked about the meeting in the past tense (bold is mine):

Now that Barack Obama will be moving to the White House, his seat in the U.S. Senate representing Illinois will have to be filled.

Obama met with Governor Rod Blagojevich earlier this week to discuss it. Illinois law states that the governor chooses that replacement. There’s already been speculation about his selection…from Congressman Jesse Jackson, Junior to Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Tammy Duckworth.

So KHQA is saying it “has no knowledge” that an Obama-Blagojevich meeting it thought in its November 5 story would occur actually did occur.

I suppose the station will also tell us at some point that it “has no knowledge” as to whether the meeting it definitively reported HAD occurred in its November 8 story really DID occur.

Are we having fun yet?

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  1. [...] a follow up story on the 8th reporting the meeting did occur. They took it down from the web but BusyBlog cached it. This is 2008, they have heard of a web cache haven’t [...]

    Pingback by Haven’t these people ever heard of a web cache? « DaTechguy’s Blog — December 10, 2008 @ 9:20 pm

  2. Short version:

    If you buy KHQA’s story then I suggest you shut down your e-mail to avoid offers from Nigeria.

    Long Version here.

    Comment by datechguy — December 10, 2008 @ 9:21 pm

  3. #1 and #2, thx for the comments. Your intended link in #2 isn’t working.

    Comment by TBlumer — December 11, 2008 @ 6:20 am

  4. Well Tom, here is an interesting curiosity: The Chicago Trib blew the FBI’s cover on investigating Blagojevich with a Dec 5 article saying he was under criminal investigation. That day Blagojevich stopped the bidding process between the interested parties. My comments on this:

    Comment by dscott — December 11, 2008 @ 9:19 am

  5. Tom,

    Blagojevich has shown a good deal of hostility towards pro-life health professionals.
    From our point of view there’s “a little old fashioned Karma” going down for the Gov.

    Great catch on this news story!

    Comment by pharmer — December 12, 2008 @ 4:21 am

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