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GinaMaria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 11:05 AM
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Action Alert - FAIR Dennis Miller's new show
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Conflict at CNBC's New "Dennis Miller" Show
Producer works for California governor

January 22, 2004

Dennis Miller's new CNBC political talk show hasn't even debuted yet, but
it's already mixed up in a serious conflict of interest.

The conflict-- brought to our attention by weblogger Roger Ailes (no
relation apparently to the Fox News chief)-- began with the show's hiring
of Mike Murphy as a consulting producer. The problem isn't that Murphy is
a well-known Republican campaign consultant whose past clients have
included John McCain, Jeb Bush and the 1992 Bush/Quayle campaign; the
problem is that Mike Murphy already has a job.

Murphy, who was a key political advisor in Arnold Schwarzenegger's 2003
campaign for governor of California, still works for Schwarzenegger.
Currently Murphy is a leader of Gov. Schwarzenegger's California Recovery
Team and Californians for Schwarzenegger, two groups created by the
governor to maintain his political image, raise money and promote his
policies (AP, 1/2/04). Indeed, Murphy has become so identified with
Schwarzenegger that a January 21 Los Angeles Times article referred to him
as "Schwarzenegger's chief strategist." The website of Murphy's political
consulting firm, DC Navigators, lists the California Recovery Team (which
has been in operation for less than a month) as a client.

CNBC has dismissed the idea that Murphy's political work poses a conflict
for the show. In an article in Television Week (1/12/04) that described
his ongoing work with Schwarzenegger as Murphy's "most recent gig,"
reporter Michele Greppi noted that NBC is grappling with the
conflict-of-interest questions posed by Schwarzenegger's wife, Maria
Shriver, working for the news program Dateline. But, Greppi reported, "At
CNBC no such questions are being considered, because Mr. Miller has made
clear that his show, however political, will not be partisan."

But having a producer for a political talkshow working as a political
operative is a clear conflict of interest. As if to demonstrate what's
wrong with this arrangement, the first edition of the Dennis Miller show
(1/26/04) is scheduled to include, along with Republican Sen. John McCain
and former Republican New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, California's
new Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

According to Washington Post reporter Howard Kurtz (1/19/04), "The bagging
of the California governor and Arizona senator is the handiwork of former
Schwarzenegger and McCain strategist Mike Murphy, who now has a place in
the Hollywood hills and is Miller's consulting producer." Kurtz was
apparently unaware that Murphy still works for the California governor.

While one has to be impressed by the professional zeal of a political
consultant who gets himself hired by a talkshow in order to book his boss
on that show, it's clear that if you're in the business of news rather
than political PR, the situation is completely unethical. CNBC needs to
address the fact that Mike Murphy has at least one job too many.

ACTION: Please write to CNBC and ask them what they intend to do about the
conflict of interest posed by Dennis Miller's producer working for a
politician who happens to be a guest on Miller's first show.

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muchacho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 11:27 AM
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1. Whores all
Hoooo man.

I knew these guys slept around (hello Dick Morris) but this is just obscene.

I'm writing my letter now...where did I put that tinted venom?
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 11:31 AM
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3. "his show, however political, will not be partisan."
Yeah, right.
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Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 11:31 AM
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2. Miller says his show will be political but not "Partisan"
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HawkerHurricane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 11:42 AM
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4. No conflict of interest...
Since the show will be Pro-Republican, anti Democratic Party, there's no conflict having a Republican operative producing the show on a Republican owned station starring a Republican mouthpiece...
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-04 01:01 AM
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5. Mmmm.
The Millipecker joins with the Schwinenpecker. What a country!
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