I always thought that the biggest problem with the whole Robin Hayes meeting W scandal that Working For Change highlighted for us so well in this and this post was the horrible job of reporting by Andy Curliss of the News and Observer; I mean he did not even try to verify the information handed to him by the Hayes camp. Andy was faced with two competing claims, one from Kissell and one from the Hayes spokesperson. Andy immediately assumed the Hayes' claim was correct and Kissell was wrong. So I sent him an e-mail asking if he had any proof of the claims he made about Hayes actually being there.
The whole affair was rather irrelevant because the point of the story is that Hayes is a Bush lap dog (see changing vote on CAFTA to appease Bush and screw district) and is yet afraid to stand by him in public; this is true whether or not Hayes met with the president in secret after the public event. But Curliss's girl like hysterical response of: We were right. We do not listen to inaccurate blogs (note that I had not mentioned blogs or the internet at all in my first e-mail) sent me to write him and the public editor at the N&O, Ted Vaden, to push a little deeper. Curliss sent another child like response of: show me where I am wrong! So I pointed out the statements like Kissell's error, which he supported solely on the spokesperson's remarks and told him that I thought he was acting unprofessionally.
Well it has been two full days and no response from old Andy. I guess that is a bit of an admission that he may have goofed, but I would have rather him say it than just taking his ball and going home as they say. But interestingly, I ran across Curliss's article on the July 4th event with Bush (which by the way is a bit more of a propaganda piece that balanced reporting). And Guess how many times Hayes' names comes up in the story: 0! Now Andy, if you were reporting on the event and did not get to see the Robin, why do you assume he was there. I am sure that you would not leave out the sitting representative of the district would you?