Friday, October 26, 2007

Edwards’ staff tries to kill student’s story

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A UNC-Chapel Hill journalism professor said John Edwards' presidential campaign tried to kill a student's video story about his campaign headquarters.

Associate Professor C.A. Tuggle said two top staffers for the former North Carolina senator demanded that the school drop the segment from the student-run television program "Carolina Week." They also asked to have the video removed from the YouTube Web site.

Tuggle said they threatened to cut off access to Edwards for UNC student reporters and other student groups if the piece aired.

"My gosh, what are they thinking?" Tuggle said. "They're spending this much time and effort on a student newscast that has about 2,000 viewers? They're turning a molehill into a mountain."

A spokeswoman for the Edwards campaign said it had no problem with student reporters.

"This is silly," campaign spokeswoman Colleen Murray said in a statement. "We love all reporters, the problem is the feeling isn't always mutual."

The campaign would not answer questions about the incident.

The segment, by graduate student Carla Babb, began as a look at Nation Hahn, a UNC senior interning with the campaign. During the interview, Babb asked about a recent column in The Daily Tar Heel, the student newspaper, criticizing Edwards' choice of the posh Southern Village shopping center as the location for his headquarters.
Babb rewrote the piece to focus on that angle and interviewed the columnist, prompting the complaint from Edwards' campaign.

In the video, James Edward Dillard, a columnist for The Daily Tar Heel, says that the location conflicts with Edwards' campaign goal of reducing poverty in America.[…]
The rest of’s story is here.

You can view the video here.

Comments: Is Edwards’ campaign headquarters really too posh for a candidate who builds himself a 28,000 sq. ft. house and gets $400.00 haircuts?

I doubt Edwards thinks so. Posh is in the eye of the beholder, right?

BTW - Is Edwards still boasting that his young son Jack tells his friends they shouldn't wear sneakers their parents or someone else bought for them at WalMart?


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