And the GOP Candidate, calling it a Myth, challenges Willamette Week's authority to ask him such "childish questions" -- before leaving/being kicked out of this interview, with one of Oregon's premiere liberal news outlets.
Here are those "conservative vs liberal" fireworks, that occurred just a few days ago.
GOP Senate Candidate Mark Callahan Scolds Reporter For Scribbling 'Blah Blah'
link to clip
Here's an extended and annotated transcript from another clip covering the WW Candidate event:
"You want to talk about disrespect, I see what you're writing down there," he said, pointing at a reporter at the table. "You just wrote down 'blah blah blah blah blah' for everything that Jo Rae said. Jo Rae is a respectable woman. Why are you not respecting her by writing 'blah blah blah blah blah' on your notepad?"
The moderator tried to get Callahan to "move on" and answer a question about whether climate change is a "myth or a reality."
Callahan said "myth."
Then, the same reporter, later identified by the newspaper as Nigel Jaquiss, asked him a follow-up: "Where are you on the Easter Bunny?"
"What's that?" Callahan said, and the reporter repeated the question.
The interview really went downhill from there.
"Are these really the questions that I was called here to answer?" Callahan said. "How about you ask a very serious and respectful question instead of asking a little childish question?"
The two sides continued to argue, and the moderator warned him he'd be asked to leave if they didn't move on, noting he had "two strikes."
"Who do you think you are?" Callahan asked.
"Okay, you may leave now," the moderator said. "Go ahead. You're done here."
Callahan then accused them of being "disrespectful, thin-skinned liberals."
Someone else in the room said: "There's the door." Walking out, Callahan told them he had "better things to do with my time."
The newspaper issued its own take on what happened after the video started to get attention online.
The newspaper wrote: "Our goal is not to provide equal time to all candidates, but to explore questions that we think matter most to our readers. Not everyone likes to follow the rules, and on rare occasions we have asked candidates to leave the endorsement interviews. That's what happened when Callahan came to our offices."
As for what touched off the argument, the newspaper said Jaquiss was writing "blah blah blah" when Perkins, "who was supposed to be talking about health care, was instead talking about eliminating the U.S. Forest Service."
Bravo! More please.
I for one, think that journalists, reporters, and bloggers should ask each and every Candidate, where they stand on Climate Change, just like that reporter did:
"Here's my question: Climate Change, Do you believe it's a Myth or Reality?"
Because the overwhelming scientific facts of the matter are decidedly on the Reality-side ... as I have meticulously tried to document here:
It's approaching 'Certainty' -- Climate Change is NOT a Myth
by jamess -- May 05, 2014
Let the GOP go on the record, for their "head in the sand" approach to humanity's perilous climate future. They are the Anti-Science Party (ASP™) afterall.
Let them own the label. They've earned it.
Mark Callahan is a Tea Party-Libertarian, and hopes to replace Oregon's incumbent Senator Jeff Merkley.