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  •  from the Newshour... (none)
    it sounded as if (at least per what the older reporter was indicating) that she (the older woman) had gotten a call on her cell phone from Ms. Armstrong about the incident and was the first contact from the Armstrong ranch. She received the call on Sunday morning. She then got on the road back to Austin to file the report and also was on the cell phone back to a fellow reporter at the newspaper who was tasked to get additional details and follow up on additional sources. This may be the younger reporter who Olbermann mentioned on his show - not sure because I missed most of what was said on his show.

    The initial reporter (the one interviewed by Suarez) said that she had a good "working" relationship (my emphasis) with Ms. Armstrong's parents and thus had been the one called to report the story.

    For what it's worth...

    Every man has three characters: that which he shows, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has...Alphonse Karr

    by exmearden on Mon Feb 13, 2006 at 10:11:33 PM PST

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    •  Not really true (none)
      According to the young reporter on Olbermann, she was in the office and got the initial call from Armstrong who was looking for the older woman reporter who was a "close personal friend" of hers.  Armstrong and the reporter on the NewsHour do not have the normal reporter-source relationship - they are buddies.  And that's why she was looking for that woman, because she could be relied on to spin the story correctly.  But there's no reason for Armstrong to even be talking to the younger reporter at all if she'd already found her friendly older woman reporter - so my impression is the younger woman just happened to be at the right place in the right time to accidentally get the story - Armstrong didn't really intend to speak to her, it sounds like, but she ended up giving her the story.

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