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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:29 PM
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WHNT-TV (Huntsville AL) APOLOGIZES FOR SIEGELMAN BLACKOUT...
We apologize that you missed the first segment of 60 Minutes tonight featuring "The Prosecution of Don Siegelman."

It was a techincal(sic) problem with CBS out of New York. We are working with them right now to see if we can re-broadcast the segment.

Please be patient with us during this time. We are doing our best to correct the problem.

http://www.whnt.com/Global/story.asp?S=7918345


What a coincidence!
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:29 PM
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1. rat bastards!
:grr:
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Olney Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:30 PM
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2. Only in Alabama? Hummmmm
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:35 PM
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7. Reports out of Florida, too, according to Hissyspit's thread. n/t
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:30 PM
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3. Rebroadcast when?
1am in the morning when no one is watching?

So sorry for all the AL folks who wanted to see this.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:30 PM
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4. They must have gotten LOTS of complaints. I hope it's reaired. nt
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:32 PM
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5. These bastards are so busted. n/t
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thunder rising Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:34 PM
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6. Ha Ha, the rest of the NATION didn't have trouble with "CBS out of New York"
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:36 PM
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11. I guess they hope that their viewers won't know that the rest of the country...
saw the segment just fine...
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:42 PM
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14. We've still got 90 minutes before the airing out here. n/t
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:35 PM
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8. ABSOLUTE BASTARDS
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Kansas Wyatt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:36 PM
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9. Who wants to guess it will be re-broadcast at 3 am?
If it actually is re-broadcast.
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:36 PM
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10. It was a techincal problem with CBS out of New York.
Ah no .... all the other stations got the network feed just fine.
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:39 PM
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13. No, it was a "techincal" problem....
I guess that's shorthand for technician in California :shrug:
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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 09:03 PM
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23. Botany - What you don't understand is that
there are teeny-tiny magical creatures in the air around the Huntsville station that sometimes block reception from NY -- and the same creatures sometimes hang out in cables and internet tubes, too.

Yep. Thas it. Fer sure. Rlly.
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 09:10 PM
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26. Station owned by a friend of the Bush Family
WHNT is owned by Oak Hill Capital

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak_Hill_Capital

The company is headed by Robert Bass. The Bass family has close ties to George W. Bush.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Bass

*******************

Bush Cheney 101

The NSA does the spying
The Dept of Justice is the muscle
The U.S. Attorney are the button men
And the media plays along w/ the lie that W was elected.
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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 09:16 PM
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27. And the media plays along w/ the lie that W was elected.
And the fact that the Siegelman story is about Don Siegelman's election win being stolen out from underneath him just hours after he had gone to bed after being told he had won -- that is why this is such a very sore spot for the Bushies.
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:38 PM
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12. If the station has never had a problem airing "60 Minutes" before,
...then it's a helluva coincidence for a story about their ex-governor being railroaded to be the first time.
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Phoebe Loosinhouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:46 PM
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15. EXACTLY what was the "technical problem"
that affected just that area of just that segmant of just that broadcast?
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 09:03 PM
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22. Someone doesn't want to do jail time? n/t
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:46 PM
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16. kick
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:48 PM
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17. WHNT is owned by a family friend of Dubya...
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:50 PM
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18. This newfangled TV technology is still buggy
It's a wonder that we even get to see Britney news without a major failure.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:52 PM
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19. A friend in Louisiana said it was blacked out in her area, too
I guess the owners of southern TV stations don't want people to know how corrupt the Alabama GOP is.

For those on the left coast, it's the first segment and they did a good job of it.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 08:52 PM
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20. The VIDEO is online at:
http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/60minutes/main3415.shtm...

Please HELP build a great Birthday thread HERE:

***** Happy Birthday Gov. Don Siegelman ***** Official SHOUT OUT Support Thread *****
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 09:01 PM
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21. I live 50 miles from Huntsville -- no technical problem here.
What bullshit. Of all places, I'm surprised it happened in Huntsville, which is one of the more progressive communities in Alabama.

Of course, considering the alternative ...., that's not saying much.
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 09:05 PM
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24. WHNT is owned by Lee Bass.....

To finance the Bahrain venture, Harken got $25 million from the oil-rich Bass family. Two of the Bass brothers were part of "Team 100," the elder Bush's elite 1988 fundraising squad that was the model for the younger Bush's more ambitious fundraising "Pioneers" (Lee Bass also is a Pioneer).

Bass money and Bush connections did not lead Harken to oil in Bahrain. The company's stock tanked after it reported huge losses in August 1990. (Multinational Monitor)

http://multinationalmonitor.org/mm2000/00march/wheat.ht...


http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0210/S00178.htm
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 09:58 PM
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29. Thanks for posting. It's nice to know that SOME of Alabama
got to see it!
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 10:07 PM
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34. I'm in south-central Tennessee, so I watched a Nashville station.
In Alabama, ignorance is bliss.

Until, that is, it isn't.
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pepperbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 09:07 PM
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25. yeah, the technical difficulty was that someone flipped the off switch. n/t
Edited on Sun Feb-24-08 09:12 PM by pepperbear
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 09:54 PM
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28. Well, it's THREE HOURS later....
Have you geniuses sussed out that glitch yet?
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 09:59 PM
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30. Wow!! that is some major douchebaggery. Unreal.
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originalpckelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 09:59 PM
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31. It will be re-broadcast at 2 AM probably...
when no one's watching. :P

You know that's what's going to happen. The ratfuckers!
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 10:03 PM
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32. Kiss My "Techincal(sic)" Ass
Accessories to a cover up. Anybody got Karl Rove's cell phone log?
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 10:06 PM
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33. No, but I guarantee you he has access to yours..
Transcripts too.
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 11:08 PM
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35. UPDATE:
February 24, 2008

We apologize that you missed the first segment of 60 Minutes tonight featuring a report titled, "The Prosecution of Don Siegelman."

NewsChannel 19 lost our program feed from CBS. Upon investigation, WHNT has learned that the CBS receiver that allows us to receive programming from CBS failed. WHNT engineers responded as quickly as possible to restore the feed at 6:12 p.m.

Our sincere apologies to our viewers across the Tennessee Valley.

To correct the problem, we will re-air the broadcast of that segment during NewsChannel 19 at 10 Sunday night.

You can also watch the interview on the CBS website.

http://www.whnt.com/Global/story.asp?S=7918345

I don't know when they put this message up, but I checked at 9:55 PM, and it wasn't up. So the 10:00 PM rebroadcast (if it happened) was for all intents and purposes, unannounced.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 11:15 PM
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36. Do these cretins actually think they can stop this information
with their pranks and their lame excuses?

Pathetic.
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Kat45 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 11:20 PM
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37. It was on here in Boston.
Quite a story. I hope something is done about it now. This man does not deserve to be in prison at all, meanwhile all the republicans doing various illegal things are untouched, free to go about spending the money they've stolen from others.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 11:24 PM
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38. It's even worse than that. Their cronies are gettig gov contracts
and they are moving up the ladder to nice spots like Federal judgeships.
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DogPoundPup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 11:28 PM
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39. They are lying ! Scott Horton @ Harpers double checks with CBS
Off the Air in Alabama
I am now hearing from readers all across Northern Alabamafrom Decatur to Huntsville and considerably on downthat a mysterious service interruption blocked the broadcast of only the Siegelman segment of 60 Minutes this evening. The broadcaster is Channel 19 WHNT, which serves Northern Alabama and Southern Tennessee. This station was noteworthy for its hostility to Siegelman and support for his Republican adversary. The station ran a trailer stating We apologize that you missed the first segment of 60 Minutes tonight featuring The Prosecution of Don Siegelman. It was a techincal problem with CBS out of New York. I contacted CBS News in New York and was told that there is no delicate way to put this: the WHNT claim is not true. There were no transmission difficulties. The problems were peculiar to Channel 19, which had the signal and had functioning transmitters. I was told that the decision to blacken screens across Northern Alabama could only have been an editorial call. Channel 19 is owned by Oak Hill Capital Partners, who can be contacted through Rhonda Barnat, 212-371-5999 or rb@abmac.com . Oak Hill Partners represents interests of the Bass family, which contribute heavily to the Republican Party. Viewers displeased about the channels decision to censor the broadcast should express their views directly to the station management or to the owners.
http://harpers.org/archive/2008/02/hbc-90002487
READ the entire article! MUCH, MUCH MORE CONTAINED THEREIN YOU NEED TO KNOW!
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 11:33 PM
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40. Could you post this in a new thread....n/t
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DogPoundPup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 11:35 PM
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41. IF YOU'D LIKE, YOU ARE WELCOME TO POST IT
I'm not a $ donor here yet so I can't.
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 11:37 PM
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42. You don't have to be a donor....
Edited on Sun Feb-24-08 11:38 PM by Junkdrawer
There's a minimum post (used to be 18) requirement, but at 65 posts, you should be good to go.
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DogPoundPup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-24-08 11:41 PM
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43. Thanks for the info!
But nevertheless, If someone wants to post it...GO FOR IT! I'm just not familiar with posting here yet and would rather it get done correctly to get the word out.
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