Humbly submitted for your approval, dismissal or snickers and chortles of derision, is the following HOT DOCUMENT. It’s an email from Larry King Kane to the Obama Pa. campaign — mistakenly sent out to the press — wherein Larry makes a full-court press for the ultimate Philly ‘get’: A one on one with Senator Barack Obama. It would get ‘super wide play because I am involved,’ he assures the Obama folks. Larry Kane the great and powerful Philly Media Oz? Maybe once upon a time, but these days? At a certain point we all gotta look in the mirror and ask ourselves: What’s the frequency, Kenneth?
>Subject: Re: Obama PA Daily Digest – Monday, March 31
> Larry Kane here==
> do you have a list of unions that have endosed
> Barack. Also.. several other things
> janet Tegley is in touch with you concerning getting
> Barack on Lynn Doyle‘s show. I work with Comcast
> (have my own show) and want to tell you that this show
> reaches ALL 67 counties in Pa…
> ITS A GREAT ONE
> Secondly : I would like a 15 minute one on one with
> Sen Obama for KYW Newsradio. Anytime. Easy to do.
> Let me know… This will get super wide play because
> I’ll be involved.
> Once again. don’t forget the union endorsements,.
> this is for a commentary I’m doing tomorrow
WIKIPEDIA: Kane was born in Brooklyn, New York to Jewish-American parents as Lawrence Kanowitz. He changed his name as an adult, began his career in broadcast journalism in Miami, Florida, first at WQAM and later at WAME and WFUN. While working at WAME, Kane became the first U.S. news correspondent to break the story of the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961. In 1966 he came to Philadelphia as an anchor for WFIL Radio and a general assignment reporter for its sister television station, which in 1970 would change its call letters to WPVI after Capital Cities purchased WFIL-TV. In 1970 he was a part of the launch of the Action News format on WPVI-TV, the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia, where he coined the phrase “Big Story” – something WPVI’s Action News still uses to this day. He is most noted for his coverage of Frank Rizzo, as mayor and as a subsequent mayoral candidate. Kane noted that after he anchored coverage of the funeral of Frank Rizzo, in a lavatory he broke down and cried. Since his recent retirement, he has been serving as a broadcast and strategic consultant to private corporations and public media companies, as well as writing a book on his experiences on traveling with The Beatles. He is currently doing consulting work for Comcast and occasionally records special reports and commentary for KYW News Radio 1060, Philadelphia‘s all-news AM radio station that serves as a sister station of KYW-TV. Kane was known as the “dean of Philadelphia TV anchors.” He likes to golf.
FRANK RIZZO: “I’ll make Atilla the Hun look like a fag.”
REALITY CHECK: Obama & Oil Company Campaign Contributions
NPR: In a recent ad that aired in Pennsylvania, Sen. Barack Obama made the following claim:”Since the gas lines of the ’70’s, Democrats and Republicans have talked about energy independence, but nothing’s changed except now Exxon’s making $40 billion a year, and we’re paying $3.50 for gas. … I don’t take money from oil companies or Washington lobbyists, and I won’t let them block change anymore. They’ll pay a penalty on windfall profits. We’ll invest in alternative energy, create jobs and free ourselves from foreign oil.”
The Clinton campaign accused Obama of “false advertising” for the ad. “Senator Obama says he doesn’t take campaign contributions from oil companies but the reality is that Exxon, Shell, and others are among his donors,” Clinton spokesman Phil Singer said.
Well, not exactly Phil. Here what an Associated Press Fact Check has to say on the issue. It is true, Obama does not take money from oil companies. No one does — it’s illegal. It’s sort of like Obama saying “I don’t rob banks to finance my campaign” – that would be illegal too. But he also does not take money from oil company political action committees (PACs) or lobbyists.
But boy, he sure does take money from people who work for oil companies. A lot of money. Not as much, however, as Clinton and Sen. John McCain do. “As of Feb. 29, Obama’s presidential campaign had received nearly $214,000 from oil and gas industry employees and their families, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Clinton had received nearly $307,000 from industry workers and their families and Republican Sen. John McCain, the likely GOP presidential nominee, received nearly $394,000, according to the center’s totals.”
And two of Obama’s fundraisers are oil company executives: Robert Cavnar, the chairman and chief executive of Houston-based Mission Resources Corp., and George Kaiser, the president and CEO of Tulsa-based Kaiser-Francis Oil Co. So this is one of those cases when the candidate is telling the truth but basically ignoring the deeper issue that people really want to know about: could you be influenced by oil company money in some way? That is a question as yet unanswered. [via NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO]
HOT DOCUMENT: The Latest Delegate Count
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