On Friday, Mediaite reported that Oregon GOP Senate candidate Mark Callahan was asked to leave an interview with the Williamette Week after he confronted a reporter for writing "blah blah blah" on his notepad as fellow GOP candidate Joe Rae Perkins gave an answer. This didn't sit too well with Callahan, who called the reporter out.
"I see what you’re writing down there," Callahan told reporter Nigel Jaquiss. "You just wrote down 'blah blah blah blah' for everything that Jo Rae said. Jo Rae is a respectful woman. Why are you not respecting her by writing 'blah blah blah blah' in your notepad?"
Making matters worse, Perkins was giving her answer over the phone and could not see what Jaquiss was doing. Callahan was then asked his position on climate change.
“It’s a myth,” Callahan said in response.
“Where are you on the Easter bunny?” Jaquiss asked sarcastically. That was apparently the last straw with the IT consultant-turned politician, who lit into the reporter.
“Are these really the questions that I was called here to answer?” Callahan asked. “I called you out for putting ‘blah blah blah’ on your notepad and now you’re asking me questions like this? Really? Really? Are we talking about this now? How about you ask a very serious and respectful question instead of asking a little childish question?”
Editor-in-Chief Mark Zusman then told Callahan he would be asked to leave if he interrupted again.
“That’s two strikes,” Zusman said. Again, Callahan -- apparently not caring what the paper thought at this point -- responded sharply.
“Who do you think you are?” he asked. Zusman then asked Callahan to leave.
“It’s a meeting being asked for disrespectful, thin-skinned liberals like yourself," Callahan added after Zusman admitted the meeting was neither balanced nor fair.
"I've got better things to do with my time," Callahan said as he got up to leave. Needless to say, Callahan did not get the weekly paper's endorsement, but said on Facebook that he stands by his actions.
According to a report at KPTV, Jaquiss won a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for his reporting on former Oregon Gov. Neil Goldschmidt.
This is only the latest episode showing why a vast majority of voters no longer trust the so-called "mainstream media," known here as the "Democrat-media complex." Callahan is not the first Republican to be treated with disrespect by the media, and odds are he won't be the last. As we reported in February 2012, for example, Memphis radio host Thaddeus Matthews went ballistic on GOP Congressional candidate Charlotte Bergmann, engaging in profanity and refusing to shake her hand, fearing her "whiteness" might rub off on him.
Video of the confrontation can be seen above.