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June 15, 2010
Carly Fiorina disses Barbara Boxer; No news to 'News 10'

Before California Senate GOP candidate Carly Fiorina's hair flub is forgotten entirely, it's worth noting local journalism's connection to it.

Fiorina made her catty remarks about Sen. Barbara Boxer's hair being "soooo yesterday" as she was sitting in a television studio in Los Angeles waiting to be interviewed by KXTV News 10, the ABC affiliate in Sacramento.

Her remarks about Boxer's hair and Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman's questionable judgment in deciding to do her first post primary interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, came as the satellite feed started flowing to News 10 which had the opportunity to air it or not.

KXTV was maybe the only television station on the planet that decided not to air the candidates flub.

When interviewed by the New York Times, News 10's vice president and news director Tim Geraghty said "We had a vigorous editorial debate. ...To put on a clip of an interview with someone talking about someone else's hair did not fit with that brand we are trying to establish for News 10 in Northern California." The full story is here.

And what brand would that be? Bland? Staid? Boring? Predictable?

I couldn't find the interview that News 10 eventually aired with Fiorina on its website, but I've been watching canned TV interviews with political candidates - yes, I've even conducted a few - long enough to imagine what it was like - some mind numbingly boring recital of her stump speech - the same 50 words she gives to every new organization, re-arranged slightly for each.

In that two minutes of unscripted drivel about Boxer's hair and Whitman's judgment, the public learned more about the real Fiorina than anything that came out of any formal interview that eventually aired on Channel 10 or anywhere else - I can guarantee it.

June 14, 2010
News 10 misses the story

Before California Senate GOP candidate Carly Fiorina  hair flub is forgotten entirely, it's worth noting local journalism's connection to it. Fiorina made her catty remarks about Boxer's hair being "soooo yesterday" as she was sitting in a television studio in Los Angeles waiting to be interviewed by KXTV News 10, the ABC affiliate in Sacramento. Her remarks about Boxer's hair and Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman's questionable judgment in deciding to do her first post primary interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, came as the satellite feed started flowing to News 10 which had the opportunity to air it or not.

KXTV was maybe the only television station on the planet that decided not to air the candidates flub. When Interviewed by the New York Times, News 10's vice president and news director Tim Geraghty said "We had a vigorous editorial debate, ...To put on a clip of an interview with someone talking about someone else's hair did not fit with that brand we are trying to establish for News 10 in Northern California."

And what brand would that be? Bland? Staid? Boring? Predictable?

I couldn't find the interview that News 10 eventually aired with Carly Fiorina  on its website, but I've been watching canned TV  interviews with political candidates - yes, I've even conducted a few -  long enough to imagine what it was like - some mind numbingly boring recital of her stump speech - the same 50 words she gives to every new organization, re-arranged slightly for each.

In that two minutes of  unscripted drivel about Boxer's hair and Meg Whitman's judgment, the public learned more about the real Fiorina than anything that came out of any formal interview that eventually aired on Channel 10 or anywhere else - I can guarantee it.  

June 10, 2010
Yes, one more comment on Carly Fiorina's bad hair flub

Not to belabor the Carly Fiorina hair gaffe - but I will - it wasn't just the pettiness of the remark. Look at California's Republican senatorial candidate while she is making it. She hardly bothers to make eye contact with the person off screen she's babbling at. She spends most of the whole two or three minutes scrolling through the text messages on her iPhone as she disses Barbara Boxer's hair style and criticizes her fellow Republican, gubernatorial candidate  Meg Whitman's decision to do an interview with Fox News gabster Sean Hannity the day after her primary victory.

Fiorina, who has yet to win a single public office, snidely opines "I think its a very bad choice..."That's not the one you would do it with."

Hey Carly, drowning your hapless opponents in the Republican primary in cash is not the same as brilliantly out-strategizing them. Prediction: Political novices who adopt "know-it-all" attitudes and mistake money for smarts should prepare to be humbled.



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