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As the infamous KMOV (my home DMA's CBS affiliate, owned by Belo) reporter Larry Conners interview with President Barack Obama (D) story has made huge waves, is Conners behaving like a neutral journalist, or a partisan right-wing hack? Take your guess, and it's the latter.
 Mitchell S. Gilbert at Addicting Info has the unbiased takedown of Conners:

So what does a nationally unknown TV reporter do when he’s given a chance to interview the President of the United States? If he’s a slug like Larry Connors of KMOV in St. Louis, he tries to take full advantage of the opportunity to promote himself. To hell with the President; to hell with reputable journalism.

Connors’ questions to the President were noticeably hostile from the outset. If you didn’t know he was a reporter for local TV station you might have thought you were listening to one of those “fair and balanced” professional demagogues at Fox Noise.

From the 04.12.2012 edition of KMOV's News 4 at 10:

Obviously, Right-Wing distortion artists (including Jim Hoft  and Dana Loesch  here locally) such as The Blaze, NewsMax, and WND are defending Conners's biased interview.

I think KMOV ought to consider firing Conners after such a biased and tasteless interview.

Deb Peterson at STLtoday.com has more on the Conners-Obama interview:

COMMANDO CONNERS: Erik Wemple, who writes an opinion blog about media and politics for the Washington Post, praised KMOV's (Channel 4) Larry Conners today for pressing President Barack Obama about his and his family's travel.
Wemple wrote on his blog that: "The tough-looking anchor for KMOV TV in St. Louis, Conners has been in the business for decades and was in no mood to coddle the president."

Conners said in his newscast that "The President asked me to the White House so he could push the Warren Buffet bill." Conners took the opportunity of the one-on-one with Obama to tell him that "viewers are complaining ... they get frustrated and even angered when they see the First Family jetting around different vacations and so forth, sometimes maybe they think under the color of state business and that you’re out of touch, you really don’t know what they’re experiencing right now."

This is not the 1st time that KMOV (or KMOTea) has been caught red-handed pandering to lying right-wingers.
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Comment Preferences

  •  Straight out of Weekly Standard. He (5+ / 0-)

    even pulled out the laughingly bogus "bullying the Supreme Court." Obama's reminder to him that the Supremes have life tenure appeared to go right over the doofus's head.

  •  I've Not Seen The Interview (2+ / 0-)
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    TomP, cotterperson

    I hate my local news. But the last few days KMOV has been running ads saying Larry would take Obama to task.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 07:40:18 PM PDT

    •  omigod! what an embarrassment! (0+ / 0-)

      that creep is disgraceful - with ALL the american people are concerned about in the economy, the "vacations" that the president has taken are the very LEAST of the issues!

      and where was sharp as a dull tqck connors when gwb was taking more vacations than any other president in history?

      what a maroon!

      an aging, bald (brains leaking out) maroon!  (i can say aging because i am aging and i recognize the creepy members of my own generation when they slime their way out of the ground.

      ugh!

  •  Yeah, that was pathetic (2+ / 0-)
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    TomP, cotterperson

    Too much to expect a little journalism from him?

    Mark Knoller has been keeping track of presidential vacations for a while, so we know Obama has already taken much less time off than Bush did at this point in his presidency.

    It's too bad Connors or someone else couldnt do someresearch about often First Ladies travel.

    Instead we get "some viewers are complaining". Wonder what the question would be if he based it off what "some" people on the news site's comment section were saying.

  •  I take it the President smacked this guy down in (2+ / 0-)
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    webranding, TomP

    the gentle "you poor thing" way that he does.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 07:53:39 PM PDT

  •  Dipshit seems to be the word of the night. (1+ / 0-)
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    cotterperson

    I'd rather have a buntle afrota-me than a frottle a bunta-me.

    by David54 on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 08:07:35 PM PDT

  •  That's why I don't watch KMOV (3+ / 0-)

    I tend to watch KSDK (NBC affiliate) here in St. Louis. They do some things that bug the hell out of me, like have a segment called I'm Just Saying where they give any old schmuck an opportunity to rant about stuff they know nothing about in front of a camera, they worship the ground the Catholic Church walks on (sent a team of reporters to the freakin Vatican when Timothy Dolan who's from St. Louis was promoted to Cardinals a few months ago) and cover crap that you know they wouldn't be covering if you replaced church with mosque or synagogue, and every so often in the mornings, they team up with a guy from the country radio station who goes by the name Cornbread to solicit opinions from ignorant callers on important issues (who takes a guy named Cornbread seriously? I don't). But all in all, their political coverage is at least somewhat decent and they try to keep it nonpartisan. If one of their reporters scored an interview with Obama, they'd probably be more likely to ask him if he thinks the Cardinals will win another World Series than lob any cheap shots at him.

    But I never did like KMOV. Something about them I just don't like. The network seems kinda like a "good old boy's" network. Something about it I can't quite put my finger on.

    Also saw Larry Conners once in a nice restaurant in a corner booth practically on top of his date, who looked young enough to be his daughter. For what it's worth.....

    "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

    by yg17 on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 08:31:31 PM PDT

    •  "some people say" (0+ / 0-)

      that Larry Conners was dating an underage minor.

      /FoxNews

      "Mitt Romney has more positions than the Kama Sutra." -- me "Social justice is love, made public." -- Cornel West

      by billlaurelMD on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 08:45:24 PM PDT

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    •  KSDK got a clip of Coach Marjerus at a Hilary..... (0+ / 0-)

      ralley in 2008.  They asked him why he supported Hilary.  He's pro stem cell research.  In his response he specifically stated that he was not speaking for SLU.  When they asked him what SLU's president Fr. Biondi would think he said he didn't know what Biondi thought.  He said that he was just the basketball coach.  The asshats at KSDK sent the clip to the DC affiliate and had them track down Arch Douche Burke who was on the mall at the annual right to life rally to play the clip for him.  Of course the Arch Douche could not miss the opportunity to damn somebody.  

      I feel dumber just for watching the Just Sayin' segments.

      I'll need some room for this...

      by duckhunter on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 10:06:59 PM PDT

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      •  Yup, that's my biggest complaint (0+ / 0-)

        about KSDK, sometimes they seem like the official propaganda network of the Catholic Church. When they're not doing that shit, they're usually OK.

        Every now and then someone who knows what they're talking about will show up on the Just Sayin' segments. But most of the time, it's this guy or one of his family members:

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        "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

        by yg17 on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 11:12:34 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Yet another reason I prefer KTVI to the other 2 (1+ / 0-)
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      news channels here in STL.

  •  Larry Conners (1+ / 0-)
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    showed utter disrespect for the president, which should be widely condemned. He would never have spoken to W. that way, of course. I guess it is expected at this time, but to me Conners came off as an ignorant jerk.

    In my 20 years in St. Louis, I was acquainted with a wide variety of people. Most of them were what I'd consider decent people, but the racism there runs deep, too. Damn shame in a fine city.

    It's obviously going to be a nasty campaign, but I wonder how many of those decent people will react against Conners. Time will tell.

    Thanks for bringing this her, JGibson.

    "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

    by cotterperson on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 09:13:16 PM PDT

    •  If A Person Wants To Be Interviewed... (0+ / 0-)

      and get to answer only "Softball" questions, he/she shouldn't be running for National Office.  Republican candidates get plenty of aggressive questions, and I have little sympathy for any candidate or officeholder who complains.

  •  That was a hack job abd to be expected (0+ / 0-)

    This won't be the first "reporter" who has bias in the game. They are lining up to try to make their reputation, er, be tough with the President. It will be interesting what type of questions Romney - whenever he decides to take them - will get when this patron of "journalism" asks him questions.

    The President didn't dodge the question and made his case. This is par for the course and I'm sure the President and his team are prepared for such hostility.

  •  they don't like the POTUS flying around (0+ / 0-)

    Because they can't accept the fact the Dubya was a failure on the diplomatic front, and they don't accept the fact that President Obama has been successful.   President Obama could bring back Jesus and that still wouldn't change their minds about him.

    When I'm stupid and incompetent financially, I get calls from collection agencies and higher interest rates. When the 1% are stupid and incompetent financially they get billions from the government.

    by tarminian on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 06:18:40 AM PDT

  •  since the kids are still in school, (0+ / 0-)

    i seriously doubt they or mom are "jetting about all over the country" with the president . there was a time, when my kids were younger, that i was going all over the country, for a week or two at a time, teaching. i'd have loved to have taken my wife and kids along, to the bigger cities, it would have been a great educational experience for them. unfortunately, most of it was during the school year, and so they couldn't go. i expect it's the same with the obamas.

    unlike the most recent previous oval office occupant, pres. obama rarely takes time off from what is the single most stressful job in the world. frankly, i don't begrudge him taking the wife and kids along on the occasional business trip. it's a positive experience for the children (and we can always use more well-educated kids) and, i think, serves as a good reminder of why he's doing what he's doing, for his and all of our families. i just don't see that as a bad thing.

  •  It looks pretty bad in context (0+ / 0-)

    Those who don't know the history probably would see this as good journalism.  But ignoring Bush spending less time in Washington than at Prairie Chapel?

  •  Tough looking? (0+ / 0-)
    Wemple wrote on his blog that: "The tough-looking anchor for KMOV TV in St. Louis, Conners has been in the business for decades and was in no mood to coddle the president."
    Really? I sat at a poker table with the guy once - he's kind of a goof.
  •  Conners audition for FOX complete (0+ / 0-)

    Please email him and KOMOV and ask Conners to provide evidence that the president is flying around on vacation 24/7.

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