Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Will KOTV Downsizing Lead to Troubling Trend?

For those of us that love our hometown want to see it remain independent and thriving, the news yesterday from Griffin Communications is troubling. They are downsizing which isn't surprising, as media are doing that a great deal lately, which I know only all too personally.

However, KOTV has a twist. Regina Moon, the long time senior manager at the station has been laid off. With her departure, KOTV's operations will now answer to management in Oklahoma City. Griffin is assuring everyone that Tulsa will not get short shrift, or play second fiddle. But I think the very fact that the company chose OKC's operations to survive belies such assurances.

Will OKC now be determining what is important to Tulsa? What kind of effect, if any, will this have on content? Only time will tell. However, it's troubling enough to me that I think I'll be watching more of the competition when I look for news, weather and sports. Hopefully, if enough of us change the dial, Griffin will undo this travesty at the earliest possible time.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Lawyer Shopping Ashley Biden Snort Video Quits

If it is truly the youngest daughter of Vice President Joe Biden that is seen on a hidden camera video snorting cocaine, then you know steps will be taken to suppress who sees the tape. There is no doubt that a video of the Veeps daughter, Ashley, blithely snorting coke will damage the Obama Administration and prove to be another major reason that "Oh...That's Just Joe" might not be invited for a second go on Obama's ticket in three years.

But what is very interesting is the fact that it now appears that the DC lawyer who has been shopping the embarrassing video to various mainstream and tabloid media has now dropped his client. How many phone calls did it take to make this happen?

Will the public ever see the video? Don't put money on it that we will. Economic times are tough and you need to hold onto every penny you can.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Furtive Furry Photo

Well...maybe not furtive...but definitely furry!

My wife Cheryl loves to take pictures since she got a digital camera, but she's less than diligent in downloading them to her laptop. She got this picture while we were at a sales conference for our new business back in February.

On my show, I shared with the listeners about the bizarre group of people with whom we were sharing the hotel. Seems there was a Texas Furry Fiesta going on at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Addison at the same time we were trying to talk about frozen juice products.

The highlight for me, was when we were in the bar waiting for the final night's dinner together and a single gray wolf strolled in confidently...almost arrogantly...walked up to our group, stood between Cheryl and I as if we'd known him for years, and put his "hands" on both of our shoulders.

I just stared him down in disbelief and not a little bit of irritation until he got the message. It wasn't until two or three minutes later that I wished I'd simply had said, "Get your filthy paws off of me."

But I offer this photographic evidence as proof that I wasn't making my furry friends up for ratings.

Friday, March 27, 2009

AP Ignores Brady Gun Prez's Call For Mexican Gun Laws in US

You would think it would be newsworthy when the head of the biggest control lobbying group calls for the U.S. to adopt Mexican gun laws in order to aid the Mexican government in its war on the drug cartels. However, even with an AP reporter in attendance, no mention of the remark has hit the MSM. See video below:

It's pretty obvious that a lot of people on the left would love to use the crisis on our southern border to spur on substantive gun control legislation. If we've learned nothing else about the Obama administration, they firmly believe that "you never want a serious crisis to go to waste."

It just befuddles me that nobody on the Left or in Mexico has struck on the idea of building a fence...a real humdinger of a fence...along the U.S./Mexico border, then patrolling the heck out of it. That way, Americans get to keep their 2nd Amendment rights and the Mexican's get to have drug cartels with less fire power.

In other words, a win/win for both nations. That is, of course, unless you're an American liberal gun grabber.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Pat Campbell Speaks Regarding My Layoff At KFAQ

Several people told me about the kind things that Pat Campbell said on his morning show the Monday following my layoff. I finally got around to listening to it today and want to thank Pat for making an effort to get the word out, as much as he could, regarding the decision to end my show.

I've recorded the section of his show that deals with my layoff and you can hear it here.

[Photo: Pat, Mike Huckabee and I at the Governor's book signing in Tulsa last Fall]

While Pat and I rarely saw each other (he went home before I got there) I've enjoyed working with him and found our rare exchanges to be funny and pointed. He didn't have to take time from his show to set the record straight and I'm very grateful that he did.

One point that stood out from his remarks, though, was to say that this layoff could be a blessing in disguise. From where I'm standing right now, that's hard to see. Having come to radio from the local political scene, it is an easy assumption to make that I might be eager to return to politics. When callers to my show asked me if I was going to run for something, I always told them, "No...I'm having too much fun doing radio."

I meant it.

If someone came to me today saying I could either win an election or get back on the air, I'd choose getting back on the air. It was the most fun and most rewarding job I've ever had and I already miss it a lot.

I'll write more on this subject very soon, but for now, again, thanks to Pat.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Tulsa Fishwrap: Krehbiel Takes Cheap Shot at Brogdon

The Tulsa World's political reporter Randy Krehbiel just can't help himself when it comes to conservatives running for office. He seems fixated on the John Birch Society and can't seem to write a story about Randy Brogdon or Sally Bell without over selling the two's involvement in the patriotic group. Krehbiel's gone so far, in past stories, as to cite JBS positions from the 1950's to try to maximize public concern about Brogdon or Bell's membership in the group.

But Moday's brief report by Krehbiel about Brogdon's formation of an exploratory committee to look into the Owasso Senator's potential bid for Governor sinks to a new low. In the final paragraph (which is where they like to drop their little stink bombs) Krehbiel writes,
"Brogdon has been active in the so-called taxpayers' bill of rights movement and is a national spokesman for the John Birch Society. He has also been outspoken in support of state sovereignty and in opposition to national identification cards and data gathering."
I spoke with Sen. Brogdon and confirmed that he has never gone out and spoken publicly on behalf of the JBS. Krehbiel's wording is an obvious attempt to make Brogdon seem like he is more than just a member of the group. "Gosh...honey...it looks like he's a recruiter and muckity-muck."

Brogdon has been asked to speak at a few JBS gatherings, but isn't anything more than a member of the group. Krehbiel also made several mistakes in his coverage of Brogdon from Sunday's paper in the Political Notebook section. He reports in the Sunday Fishwrap,
"State Rep. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso, is becoming something of a national celebrity in certain circles. A member of the John Birch Society speakers bureau, Brogdon appeared in 10th Amendment rallies in Harrisburg, Pa., and Tulsa during the past week.

"Tenth Amendment legislation is one of the John Birch Society's leading causes. "
The highlighted sentence shows the rhetorical legerdemaine that Krehbiel is utilizing to attempt to paint Brogdon in a negative light. While it is true Brogdon is a member of the JBS speakers bureau [the phrase before the comma in the sentence], Brogdon appeared at the 10th Amendment rally in Harrisburg, Pa., at the behest of the Pennsylvania Legislature and not the JBS. No statement in the sentence is false, but Krehbiel clearly leads the reader to a false conclusion that Brogdon went to Pennsylvania to speak to the controversial group, rather than a much more flattering realilty that he was invited by fellow legislators.

This is the kind of media bias that needs to be exposed. Krehbiel surely isn't that much of a hack to have done this accidentally. It's clear his superiors at the Fishwrap are wanting to put the brakes on a Brogdon candidacy before it gets started.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Obama Bans Press From Press Award Ceremony

How much longer will the Mainstream Media put up with Obama? His manic reliance on his teleprompter (which I lovingly call "the Bama Binky") is proving this guy is terrified of gaffes, horrified of being satirized and in way over his head. But don't take my word for it. Here's what the liberal LA Times is reporting on the most recent episode of "Obama: Believe it or Not!"
We are not making this up:

Barack Obama was elected commander in chief promising to run the most transparent presidential administration in American history.

This achievement and the overall promise of his historic administration caused the National Newspaper Publishers Assn. to name him "Newsmaker of the Year."

The president is to receive the award from the federation of black community newspapers in a White House ceremony this afternoon.

The Obama White House has closed the press award ceremony to the press.

From the president's official schedule:

"Later in the afternoon, the President and the First Lady will attend a reception with the National Newspaper Publisher Association in the State Dining Room, where they will be presented the Newsmaker of the Year award. This event is closed press."

Maybe they'll let the newspaper people pass the award through the fence.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Wacky Women In Cali Wants BHO To Ban Fats

Sure "His Obamaness" came back with a pretty good line, but come on...is this woman nuts or what? The liberals are in full fledged social engineering mode and think we could end up like Europe if only BHO would pull the trigger on some things.

Gee...end up like Europe. Dozens of political parties, six week paid vacations (productivity be damned), over run by Muslim extremists, value added taxes at every turn, socialized medicine and dentistry with the health and teeth to go with them!

Yeah...Europe's cool

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

CNN Blaming Mexican Drug Wars on US Guns

Instead of laying the blame on draconian Mexican gun laws that prevent the average citizen from owning a gun, or even the insatiable US demand for illegal drugs (which many in the elite media probably view as hip and cool), CNN has opted to blame US gun shows. Listen for yourself.
I've got a modest proposal, Mexico. How about building a big honkin' fence along your border with the US to keep those guns out? In fact, we might feel just a bit neighborly and pop for half the price if you promise not to complain if our dogs bark at night.

Coming Soon

I am working on bringing Medblogged back very soon. I have registered the domain name "medblogged.com" and will be using this instead of chrismedlock.com. As long time readers familiar with my blog can tell, I'm experimenting with changing the look and updating my links and profile.

I hope to have everything up and running by the end of the weekend and plan to be more active in updating the content. Time will tell.