Friday, October 26, 2007

The Breck Girl's stupidity and hypocracy

Grew to even more massive levels with this:

A UNC-Chapel Hill professor says John Edwards' staff tried to kill a student's video story.

The professor, retired political reporter Leroy Towns, writes on the journalism school's Talk Politics blog that the Edwards' campaign demanded a student journalist take down the video she had posted on YouTube.

The video focuses on Edwards' campaign headquarters in Chapel Hill's affluent Southern Village. It includes an interview with a columnist for the Daily Tar Heel, the UNC-CH student paper, who criticizes the location as contradictory to Edwards' advocacy for the poor.

The segment had been produced for the school's Carolina Week television program, but student Carla Babb posted it online as an entry in an MTV contest.

Edwards staffers then tried to persuade the professor to kill the story, Towns writes. He declined.

Towns writes the experience was instructive:

"The Carolina Week staff learned the importance of standing their ground against a disgruntled source, even when that source is a candidate for president. PR students saw firsthand how a public relations mistake can turn a small non-story into a potential national story. Very instructive."

Here is the offending video:

You litterally can't make this stuff up. Once again the candidate running on the "I know what it is to be po'" platform can't pry himself away from the most exclusive, elite and snooty section of the most upper class enclave he can find.