Reporter writes 'blah, blah, blah' in notepad, upsets Senate candidate
Updated On: May 05 2014 09:18:35 AM CDT
The Willamette Week booted a U.S. Senate candidate out of its endorsement interview this week after he became upset a reporter had written "blah, blah, blah, blah, blah" in his notepad.
Republican hopeful Mark Callahan did not take kindly to the scribbling of reporter Nigel Jaquiss while Callahan's fellow candidate Jo Rae Perkins answered a question from the newspaper.
"You want to talk about disrespect? I see what you're writing down there. You're writing '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?" Callahan said.
The interview moderator eventually moved the interview along, but Jaquiss, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for his reporting on ex-Oregon Gov. Neil Goldschmidt, set off Callahan again during talk of climate change. When Callahan said he considered climate change "a myth," Jaquiss asked where he stood on the topic of the Easter Bunny.
"How about you ask a very serious and respectful question instead of asking a little childish question?" Callahan said.
After more back and forth, Callahan was then booted out of the endorsement interview by Willamette Week's editors.
Callahan wrote about the exchange on his Facebook page Thursday, and said he was "defending the honor and respect of another fellow candidate."
"I stand by what I did as being the right thing to do," he wrote.
The Willamette Week did not endorse Callahan. Instead, they went with Jason Conger in the upcoming Republican primary.
See below for video of the incident, starting at the 1:06:15 mark.
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