Daily Archives: October 21, 2009

Taft to Society of Professional Journalists: Wrong Answer **With Update

Yesterday I sent a missive to the organization which is the official organization of all American journalists, The Society of Professional Journalists.

From: v taft
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 6:15 PM
To: J
oe Skeel
Subject: Where is SPJ’s comment about the White House icing out Fox News?

I’m a former SPJ local President from San Diego. Have you issued a press release on this outrageous attack on a news organization?


Victoria Taft

The Victoria Taft Show”
5p-8p M-F (Pacific), KPAM 860

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503.225.0860/877.774.KPAM

Here’s the answer I received this morning:

Ms. Taft,

We have not issued a press release on this issue. We did talk about the topic, but have decided not to make a statement.


Sincerely,

Joe Skeel

Executive Director

Society of Professional Journalists

Sigma Delta Chi Foundation

3909 N. Meridian St.

Indianapolis, IN 46208

(317) 927-8xxx

Now I know there are a bunch of “capital J” journalists out there who would be horrified to know that I was ever in their company and part of their club. Knowing that y’all love giving each other awards and telling each other how brave you are for taking it to ‘the man’ on a daily basis, allow me to simply tell you that I’ve got boxes full of awards for: Breaking news, consumer, sports, series, and last, but certainly not least, investigative reporting from my days as a reporter/anchor/radio talk host in Southern California. I am the first President of the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists who was from the broadcast realm (in San Diego). I’ve certainly attended my share of professional conferences, spoken on journalism panels, and the like. You may not like me, but I have been one of you. Regarding the Nixonesque attack on Fox News, I ask you to speak out. Be bold. Speak truth to power and take this White House to task for this attack on a news organization. If you don’t it will only confirm the worst fears we hold of your profession. Do it now.
Late this afternoon Mr. Skeel answered my query about “why” they won’t take a stand. Here’s what he sent:

From: Joe Skeel jskeel@hq.spj.org>

Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2009 16:15:18 -0400

To: v taft

Subject: RE:

I feel that lending SPJ’s voice to this disagreement will do nothing more than add to the commentary that has already ensued. If Fox News reporters have their credentials revoked, or their access restricted by the administration, we may revisit the issue at that point. Those are the types of issues we generally speak out about. Therefore, I have not asked our national president, who is the spokesperson for SPJ, if he wishes to make a statement.

At any point, however, our national board members can ask our president to make a statement. He may also wish to make a statement on his own. To this point, no one has asked that this be done.

Joe

Joe Skeel

Executive Director

Society of Professional Journalists

Sigma Delta Chi Foundation

3909 N. Meridian St.

Indianapolis, IN 46208

(317) 927-8XXX

Here’s the board of directors.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Vancouver Deserves More Than Portland Lite. Enough With the People’s Republic of Pollard

He’s done plenty to try to smear Tim Leavitt, but the latest mailer sent to Vancouverites leaves me somewhat mystified. According to the local GOP group, Royce Pollard is trying to demonize Tim Leavitt by connecting Leavitt with —-GASP! –=Dino Rossi!
Ryan Hart writes:

I was disappointed to see a mailer sent out by the Royce Pollard campaign attacking Mayoral Candidate and City Councilman Tim Leavitt for supporting Dino Rossi in 2008, and for introducing Rossi at his final appearance in Clark County the weekend before the 2008 election. The mail piece states, “The Leavitt-Rossi agenda will move Vancouver in the wrong direction.”

I’m sorry, but the Dino Rossi agenda? ‘Scuse me? There IS no Rossi agenda. I wish there were! Rossi lost to the ACORN aided Gregoire in 2004 and lost again in 2008 to the then ensconced incumbent (Elections have consequences, folks. Especially stolen ones.)
If I were Royce I’d be more concerned with Leavitt sending out a mailer describing who endorses him for this election. It reads like a who’s who of “Friends of Nancy Pelosi and Christine Gregoire” list. Hey, wait a minute, Gregoire IS on the list!

Chris Gregoire Governor

Patty Murray US Senator

Brian Baird US Congressman

But even more importantly, it’s who won’t put their names on the list for fear of Vancouverites finding out who their mayor consorts with. How about the people Pollard sold Vancouver out to? The Portland Planners for starters. Sam Adams, who famously said he didn’t want to acts of “car abuse” (ie actually using their cars) connected with the CRC (I’ve got it on tape). Planners who IN MEETINGS ON TAPE said they didn’t want individuals to “actually drive on [the bridge],” People who plan for light rail thus saddling Vancouver with hundreds of millions–perhaps billions–in costs now and in the future with upkeep but which will carry less than Portland’s 3% of daily trips at a subsidized rate. People who colluded with Pollard to gerrymander a transportation district so they could say they had an election on light rail, but made sure the new voting district was comprised of more friendly voters. Wait a minute, Pridemore IS on Pollard’s endorsement list.
There are some great people on Pollard’s list such as Don Benton, but I believe it has more to do with helping an incumbent friend than anything else.
Vancouverites know and that’s why Leavitt leads. Vancouverites want their city to unique and not some knock off of Portland. Enough with the People’s Republic of Pollard.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Taft to Society of Professional Journalists: Wrong Answer **With Update

Yesterday I sent a missive to the organization which is the official organization of all American journalists, The Society of Professional Journalists.

From: v taft
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 6:15 PM
To: J
oe Skeel
Subject: Where is SPJ’s comment about the White House icing out Fox News?

I’m a former SPJ local President from San Diego. Have you issued a press release on this outrageous attack on a news organization?


Victoria Taft

The Victoria Taft Show”
5p-8p M-F (Pacific), KPAM 860

Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, My Space
Show Phone Numbers
503.225.0860/877.774.KPAM

Here’s the answer I received this morning:

Ms. Taft,

We have not issued a press release on this issue. We did talk about the topic, but have decided not to make a statement.


Sincerely,

Joe Skeel

Executive Director

Society of Professional Journalists

Sigma Delta Chi Foundation

3909 N. Meridian St.

Indianapolis, IN 46208

(317) 927-8xxx

Now I know there are a bunch of “capital J” journalists out there who would be horrified to know that I was ever in their company and part of their club. Knowing that y’all love giving each other awards and telling each other how brave you are for taking it to ‘the man’ on a daily basis, allow me to simply tell you that I’ve got boxes full of awards for: Breaking news, consumer, sports, series, and last, but certainly not least, investigative reporting from my days as a reporter/anchor/radio talk host in Southern California. I am the first President of the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists who was from the broadcast realm (in San Diego). I’ve certainly attended my share of professional conferences, spoken on journalism panels, and the like. You may not like me, but I have been one of you. Regarding the Nixonesque attack on Fox News, I ask you to speak out. Be bold. Speak truth to power and take this White House to task for this attack on a news organization. If you don’t it will only confirm the worst fears we hold of your profession. Do it now.
Late this afternoon Mr. Skeel answered my query about “why” they won’t take a stand. Here’s what he sent:

From: Joe Skeel jskeel@hq.spj.org>

Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2009 16:15:18 -0400

To: v taft

Subject: RE:

I feel that lending SPJ’s voice to this disagreement will do nothing more than add to the commentary that has already ensued. If Fox News reporters have their credentials revoked, or their access restricted by the administration, we may revisit the issue at that point. Those are the types of issues we generally speak out about. Therefore, I have not asked our national president, who is the spokesperson for SPJ, if he wishes to make a statement.

At any point, however, our national board members can ask our president to make a statement. He may also wish to make a statement on his own. To this point, no one has asked that this be done.

Joe

Joe Skeel

Executive Director

Society of Professional Journalists

Sigma Delta Chi Foundation

3909 N. Meridian St.

Indianapolis, IN 46208

(317) 927-8XXX

Here’s the board of directors.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Vancouver Deserves More Than Portland Lite. Enough With the People’s Republic of Pollard

He’s done plenty to try to smear Tim Leavitt, but the latest mailer sent to Vancouverites leaves me somewhat mystified. According to the local GOP group, Royce Pollard is trying to demonize Tim Leavitt by connecting Leavitt with —-GASP! –=Dino Rossi!
Ryan Hart writes:

I was disappointed to see a mailer sent out by the Royce Pollard campaign attacking Mayoral Candidate and City Councilman Tim Leavitt for supporting Dino Rossi in 2008, and for introducing Rossi at his final appearance in Clark County the weekend before the 2008 election. The mail piece states, “The Leavitt-Rossi agenda will move Vancouver in the wrong direction.”

I’m sorry, but the Dino Rossi agenda? ‘Scuse me? There IS no Rossi agenda. I wish there were! Rossi lost to the ACORN aided Gregoire in 2004 and lost again in 2008 to the then ensconced incumbent (Elections have consequences, folks. Especially stolen ones.)
If I were Royce I’d be more concerned with Leavitt sending out a mailer describing who endorses him for this election. It reads like a who’s who of “Friends of Nancy Pelosi and Christine Gregoire” list. Hey, wait a minute, Gregoire IS on the list!

Chris Gregoire Governor

Patty Murray US Senator

Brian Baird US Congressman

But even more importantly, it’s who won’t put their names on the list for fear of Vancouverites finding out who their mayor consorts with. How about the people Pollard sold Vancouver out to? The Portland Planners for starters. Sam Adams, who famously said he didn’t want to acts of “car abuse” (ie actually using their cars) connected with the CRC (I’ve got it on tape). Planners who IN MEETINGS ON TAPE said they didn’t want individuals to “actually drive on [the bridge],” People who plan for light rail thus saddling Vancouver with hundreds of millions–perhaps billions–in costs now and in the future with upkeep but which will carry less than Portland’s 3% of daily trips at a subsidized rate. People who colluded with Pollard to gerrymander a transportation district so they could say they had an election on light rail, but made sure the new voting district was comprised of more friendly voters. Wait a minute, Pridemore IS on Pollard’s endorsement list.
There are some great people on Pollard’s list such as Don Benton, but I believe it has more to do with helping an incumbent friend than anything else.
Vancouverites know and that’s why Leavitt leads. Vancouverites want their city to unique and not some knock off of Portland. Enough with the People’s Republic of Pollard.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com