Monday, April 24, 2006

TV station catches gaffe by McKinney

AJC reported Unfortunately for McKinney, a DeKalb County Democrat who is running for re-election in the 4th Congressional District, a TV microphone she was wearing picked up her indelicate grumbling. "Crap!" an irritated McKinney is heard saying after ending an interview with CBS 46 in which reporter Renee Starzyk repeatedly asked about the fallout from the police dust-up. "You know what? They lied to Coz and Coz is a fool."

Open mouth, insert foot.
McKinney, apparently realizing her blunder, then returned to face the camera and tell the reporter that comments about her communications director, Coz Carson, were off the record. But the TV stationed aired the footage Saturday and the story later was picked up by CNN.
If you want something to be off the record, you need to establish that BEFORE you open your big mouth.
.... Carson said he was present for Saturday's interview, which took place during a community meeting with constituents, but declined to say what led to the rebuke. He also demurred when asked if he had spoken to McKinney about the "fool" comment. "I'll just say I look forward to getting back to work tomorrow," he said.
That should be interesting. He does not need to worry about being fired, because surely the people of Atlanta are not going to be stupid enough to reelect her.
Political observer Merle Black of Emory University got a chuckle out of McKinney's latest gaffe. But he said he wasn't surprised by her behavior, even in an election year. "All of this is consistent," Black said of the way McKinney has handled the attention, including her charges that the police incident was racially motivated. "She doesn't act the way most Congress members act."
She acts like a spoiled black congresswoman who thinks she is better than everyone, when there are few that she is better than.

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