Jan 1, 2009

BUSTED: On Philip's Credibility

Just before 9:00 pm last night, Philip R. Klein posted this article on the Southeast Texas Political Review (enphasis is mine - note the time stamp as well):

Last Publish : Wednesday, December 31, 2008 08:51:34 PM

Nope

Sources close to Time Warner tell the Review on this New Years eve that no deal is done between the ABC and NBC affiliate McKinnon Broadcasting.

When asked if a deal was done for no black screens at midnight - the answer was an abrupt "Nope."

Rumors that a interim deal was not commented by the Time Warner group.

Meaning? Black Screens with a nasty Time Warner Message.

Philip first attributes his spurious information to a source "close to Time Warner," then states that the Time Warner group had no comment, but perhaps this is because Philip has so many sources that he has a hard time keeping up with all of them.

Ironically, Philip's sources (whoever they were) didn't know that an agreement had already been reached yesterday afternoon.  Note the time stamp on the story from KBMT's own website (emphasis is mine):

Story Created: Dec 11, 2008 at 11:40 AM CST
Story Updated: Dec 31, 2008 at 4:30 PM CST

KBMT Time Warner Come To Terms On Re-Trans Agreement

KBMT TV Channel 12 and the Time Warner Cable service have come to terms on a new carriage agreement. KBMT-NBC will be seen on Time Warner Cable Channel 14. KBMT Channel 12 will, of course, continue to be available to you free over the air. KBMT-ABC will continue to be seen on Time Warner Cable Channel 5. In addition Southeast Texas viewers can still watch both our NBC and ABC signals.

Here's the same story from the  Port Arthur News - note the time stamp (emphasis is again mine):

Published December 31, 2008 05:09 pm

KBMT, Time Warner come to agreement

Time Warner Cable and KBMT have an agreement in principle in place allowing the cable company to continue providing customers with uninterrupted delivery of ABC and NBC programs, Gary Underwood, Vice President of Communications, Time Warner Cable North Texas Division, said.

Note that came from a VP of Communications for Time Warner, who apparently had no problem commenting on the issue. After Philip discovered his error, he posted this correction about less than an hour later (note the time stamp again):

Last Publish : Wednesday, December 31, 2008 09:50:27 PM

Yes

A deal was reached late this evening between all parties. KBMT ABC will broadcast on cable 5 and NBC will broadcast on 14.

And we all said - lets watch football!

Philip expects his readers to believe that even though the rest of the media reported a settlement yesterday afternoon, the parties involved didn't reach an agreement until after 9:00 PM on a New Year's Eve night.

We stand up and say we are wrong when we are wrong.

Welcome to 2009, Philip - any comment on those purported "sources ?"

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