Newsmakers Journal responds with a lame excuse

June 2, 2010 16:08 pm

by Jason · 22 comments

Following up on Pete’s post, the Newsmakers Journal has responded to criticism:

It has come to our attention that a disgruntled, long-shot Republican candidate for the 4th District Congressional seat is unfairly disparaging tonight’s NEWSMAKERS Live political forum and the credibility of its ownership team by falsely reporting and blogging that she has been excluded from the event because of her race!

Nothing could be further from the truth. There was never any effort to make this a “black only” affair, as has been alleged by the candidate and her supporters. This forum was conceived and set in motion back in April based on Congressman Johnson’s schedule and the candidates we were then aware of in the race. The candidate in question was not on our radar screen at the time, and has been alarmingly indignant and combative when we explained that the lineup was set for tonight, but that another Republicans-only forum is planned for the very near future.

Despite numerous conversations, and an invitation to attend tonight’s event and be recognized, the caustic candidate continues to condemn and berate Newsmakers Live/Journal in what appears to be a publicity ploy designed to garner her needed name recognition.

In the past candidates have underestimated “NEWSMAKERS” reach and political impact, much to their chagrin. Some choose not to show up and answer our piercing and pertinent questions, while others – in a futile effort to enhance their candidacy — falsely accuse us of wrongdoing or racism in our journalistic efforts to enlighten the African American community.

We lament this political gamesmanship.

Respectfully,

Eleanorjan Roberts-Welcome, Board Chair
James “Jim” Welcome, Executive Producer
Maynard Eaton, Moderator/Executive Editor

Yeah, I’m calling BS on that. Today is June 2nd. Qualifying ended on April 30th (Liz Carter qualified on Monday, April 26, 2010). Whether or not her candidacy is a long-shot is irrelevant. She’s been in the race for awhile. I’ve seen her campaign signs in the district for some time now.

Newsmakers Journal has little excuse for excluding Carter from participation in this event if they are truly interested in keeping voters informed, which would be hard to do since they admit that the didn’t do due-diligence to make sure all candidates were included.

Pete Randall June 2, 2010 at 4:10 pm

So they are going to have a Republicans-only forum in the near future? Then why have Republican Cory Ruth at tonight’s forum?

Also, why is this being structured around Hank Johnson’s schedule when it appears that, at least according to Carter’s facebook in the last hour, Johnson isn’t even going to be there tonight?

iamnotasocialist June 2, 2010 at 4:46 pm

That’s the part I don’t get.

ByteMe June 2, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Now we’re up to 3 Liz Carter posts today at PP. Wonder how well that will work for her. Especially when she comes off sounding whiny about her being white. Poor little sorority sister, not invited to the party. Boo hoo.

bluedogdem June 2, 2010 at 4:20 pm

I’m still laughing about this. Now establishment GOPers how does it feel to have one of you candidates excluded??? Remember Chapman being excluded from the debate a couple of weeks ago??? There was not a lot of fuss over him being UNINVITED!!!

Andisheh Nouraee June 2, 2010 at 4:21 pm

What are you calling BS on?

Angry Pete explicitly says she was Carter was invited, then DISINVITED because she’s white.

Accusing them of racism (which Randall and Carter do) is very different than accusing them of not putting sufficient thought and effort into putting together a good debate.

Ronald Daniels June 2, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Their excuse as to why she wasn’t invited, is what Jason is calling BS on.

bluedogdem June 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm

They must have gotten advice from Freedomworks because we all know they SUCK at hosting debates.

DriveByDawg June 2, 2010 at 4:43 pm

If any of you had actually been paying attention to this race you would know that Liz has been willing to go anywhere at any time to meet voters and talk to groups that have previously had no interest in hearing from a Republican. She has reached out to Log Cabin Republicans and recently was a guest at an NAACP meeting. Of course, the Morehouse endorsement has already been discussed.

I live in the 7th but have had the opportunity to get to know Liz, her husband, her staff and many of her volunteers since she got into this race and can say she is anything but a “whiny poor little sorority sister” who is trying to manufacture an issue when one does not exist.

Newsmakers Journal can have anyone they want to their forum tonight. Just as it was FreedomWorks and The Beacon’s right to have anyone they dang well pleased to their events. But they can not expect people to sit by and not take issue with them when they attempt to back peddle and make excuses after they are called out for changing the rules in the middle of the game.

B Balz June 2, 2010 at 5:11 pm

That sums it up pretty well, DbD.

Ms. Carter has indeed spent time to get out and know folks in the 4th, to her credit. As well, she acknowledged that other debate attendees expressed their ‘dismay’ over this incident. The incumbent chose not to appear, to his credit. In other words, everyone running or sitting in office, feels this matter was handled poorly, and spoke out.

Seems the egg is on the faces of the organizers, and not Ms. Carter, other candidates, or the incumbent. I’d say this was good call to make this public, and not some sort of well orchestrated plan for earned media.

That Mr. Randall finds stories like this doesn’t make them any less egregious, tacky, racist, and wrong.

ACConservative June 2, 2010 at 6:54 pm

You mention that she reached out to groups that “have previously had no interest in hearing from a Republican.”

Two of the three groups you mentioned were the Log Cabin Republicans and the Morehouse College Republicans… umm, isn’t Republican in their name?

I’m sure she’s reached out to non-GOP groups, but you’re going to have to come up with better examples than two Republican organizations.

B Balz June 2, 2010 at 10:07 pm

From what Ms. Carter mentioned to me, she has gone in front of school/church/employers groups to get the word out.

Icarus June 2, 2010 at 8:41 pm

I’ve got no dog in this fight either.

That said, this excuse is bogus.

I can’t wait to attend their Lt. Governor debate between David Shafer and Eric Johnson. I hear it’s been on their radar for quite some time.

ByteMe June 2, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Sounds like it’s as bogus as her claim that Maynard told her that it was “blacks only” and she recorded it but some crazy interference wiped it out of the recording…. uh huh.

B Balz June 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Byte, if Maynard did not say it, I gotta believe Mr. Welcome did not try to make Ms. Carter feel welcome. In my opinion, the last comment on the Jones/Stokes tape showed Mr. Welcome as an unprofessional lout in an ostentatious Polo shirt

Says Mr. Welcome, “I am the one payin’ for this s**t” and then drops the F-Bomb. In my opinion, anyone with any ‘street’ in ‘em can see those two are all about ‘their take.’

Those two are what is so wrong with your Party, mate. They are prime examples of ‘what’s our cut’ Dems. And just so we are perfectly clear, that pathetic mentality is not a function of skin color.

ByteMe June 3, 2010 at 6:39 am

My party? What do you mean “my party?”

Only party I have is the one where there’s only a little booze left over in the morning.

As for whether she was made to feel welcome… who cares? Just those who like her. Otherwise, it’s a giant “don’t care” by a candidate trying to make a name for herself when no one will pay attention to her by yelling “racist” in an crowded theater. If a black Dem candidate in the 9th made the same claim, how do you think it would be handled out here?

B Balz June 3, 2010 at 9:24 am

Should have said, “…the Dem Party…” and not made it personal.

ByteMe June 3, 2010 at 9:35 am

No prob. Just wanted to make it clear for the casual “us vs. them” observer that the only party I grace with my favor is a party that has enough booze to make it through the evening. Political parties? I think they’re a blight on humanity right up there with “corporate” religion (as a minister I know calls organized religion).

Doug Grammer June 4, 2010 at 10:59 am

Eleanorjan Roberts-Welcome, Board Chair, James “Jim” Welcome, Executive Producer, Maynard Eaton, Moderator/Executive Editor all equal racists, bad journalists, or both. You decide.

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