Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Update: Alaska's Miller After His Security Thugs Arrest Questioning Reporter, Admits to Charge Asked by That Reporter

Ed. note: The point here is not that a politician admitted to being disciplined for corruption, but that he did so after refusing to discuss the violation until a real journalist got into his face and asked him the hard questions that the bought and paid for US media won't ask, as did the reporter recently in Chicago confronting Rahm Emanuel as CBS and other corporate news sheilded Rahm from non-preapproved questions, actually pushing the reporter aside with their cameras and mics while making verbal threats.

The Downing Street memo was finally covered by corporate media only because it was burning up the blogosphere for over a month and the corporate controlled mass media had to report on something so obvious to anyone reading the net, since most people get their news from the intertube of webnets rather than the dying paradigm of TV and newspaper. We need to keep hammering on these people to give them to get their real 15 minutes of fame, the kind they don't want.

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Meanwhile in Oceania - Reporters Threatened by Security for Talking to Arrested News Editor Who Asked Real Questions of Senate Candidate

Update: Alaska's Miller admits he violated borough ethics policy
By Sean Cockerham | The Anchorage Daily News

Republican U.S. Senate nominee Joe Miller acknowledged Monday that he was disciplined for violating the Fairbanks North Star Borough's ethics policy in 2008 when he was a part-time borough lawyer.

The statement, made in an interview on CNN, represents a reversal for Miller, who vowed last week not to answer any questions about his past after questions were raised about his borough work history. Miller, while continuing to refuse to speak with the Daily News and some other Alaska news media, went on CNN on Monday and conceded to anchor John King that he had been disciplined.

"John, I'll admit I'm a man of many flaws. I'm not going to sit back and say that I've conducted my life perfectly," Miller told the CNN anchor. "I will tell you that anything that I've done that's not right, it's been accounted for and it's been taken care of and I move on and I learn from mistakes."

Former Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Jim Whitaker, who was Miller's boss, said last week that Miller used borough computers for political purposes in 2008 when he organized a failed effort to oust state Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich. Whitaker said Miller was disciplined for the violation of the borough's ethics code but was not fired because he was part of a legal team that was in the middle of a case over how much to tax the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

The borough's ethics policy does not allow employees to engage in politics on the job or with government equipment. Miller did not provide details on CNN of what exactly he'd done to be disciplined, and Miller's campaign refused interview requests on Monday to discuss it. Miller e-mailed a statement saying "the incident had nothing to do with my departure from the Fairbanks North Star Borough nearly a year and a half later. My statement on CNN is accurate."

Miller has refused to release his borough personnel files and news organizations are suing to get them. The candidate's private security team handcuffed and detained a reporter Sunday who was trying to ask Miller about the borough employment after an Anchorage town hall meeting, with the private security firm alleging that the reporter was hounding Miller and had shoved someone.

Alaska Dispatch founder and editor Tony Hopfinger sits with his
hands cuffed in a Central Middle School hallway after being arrested
by private security, left, while he was trying to ask US Senate republican
candidate Joe Miller questions as Miller was leaving a town hall meeting
on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010. An APD Officer, second from right, gathers
information from the scene.

Whitaker said Miller resigned in September 2009 right before he was to be fired. Whitaker said he didn't know why Miller was about to be fired at that point and that the borough attorney had the discretion to let him go. Borough Attorney Rene Broker has said she's not able to discuss the matter.

Miller told CNN that the "event" for which he was disciplined by the Fairbanks North Star Borough happened over his lunch hour. He described it as a petty issue that's come out as a result of a "real effort here in Alaska to basically take away from the Alaskan voter the opportunity to see the issues that are before them ... they aren't things that have anything to do with where we are as a state."

A Republican activist from Kodiak said Miller's father, Rex Miller, told him last week that Miller was caught using other borough employees' computers for online political polling. He said Miller emptied the caches on the computers of his borough colleagues "so the users wouldn't know what he had done."

The Miller campaign won't confirm or deny that. But the account by Mike Rostad, the Republican activist, matches Miller's statement on CNN that this happened over a lunch hour.

Rostad said he received the phone call from Miller's father after Kodiak Republicans asked him to find out what happened at the Fairbanks borough. Rostad forwarded the results of the conversation to a number of Republicans in an e-mail sent Thursday night.

Rostad wrote in the e-mail that Rex Miller told him there was a poll being conducted as part of the effort to oust Ruedrich as state Republican Party chairman.

Here's how Rex Miller described what happened, according to Rostad's e-mail:

"One noon hour, on his own time at the borough, Joe participated in an online poll voting against Randy. He used four office computers in the office to do it, thinking this was his chance to boost numbers to get rid of Randy. He emptied the cache files on the computers so the users wouldn't know what he had done. When the users asked what had happened to their caches, (Miller) admitted to what he did. He was reprimanded and docked in pay for several days, but was not suspended or fired."

"Rex told me that his son called him that same day and admitted that he did a stupid thing. He said he was sorry. Joe was 'never in danger of being fired at any time,' Rex said," Rostad wrote in the e-mail.

Rostad told the Daily News in an interview that the e-mail is "pretty self-explanatory and I would really urge you to get ahold of the Miller campaign and talk directly to them."

He said he was aware, though, that the Miller campaign won't talk about it with Alaska media.

Source: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/10/19/102229/alaskas-miller-admits-he-violated.html


  1. Sounds like Miller's "qualified" to be president. Has all the qualities needed

  2. This miller punk sounds just like what the pea tardy and para salin represent. You tea party idiots are something else. Hey! lets give the same people who are screwing us royally, a new name, and keep doing the same thing and hoping for a different outcome. No wonder amurika is a laughing stock of lesser countries.

  3. This clown Miller is what happens with a President's popularity in the toilet.
    If President Obama would have kept his promise and gotten out of Iraq we would not be looking at an electoral massacre. If he had gotten out of Afghanistan too he might have picked up seats. Someone must have some pictures...the Prez is obviously a blackmail victim.

  4. The video is quite disturbing. First, whatever happened earlier, journalists attempting to cover an arrest and an interchange between a police officer and a handcuffed citizen is very much not "a private event." Second, we see Miller's security people trying to block journalists, repeatedly, from covering that event. Finally, and the thing I find most disturbing, we have the security people assaulting the female reporter, and, when she tells them to stop, have the security forces claim that she's the one assaulting them.


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