Tuesday, February 22, 2011

CLARIFICATION - Douglas Republicans Support Governor Sandoval in His Budget Efforts

This morning, Jim Degraffenreid of the Douglas County Republican Central Committee, as well as other members, were alerted to a segment that ran on the KTVN (Reno Channel 2) evening news.  This segment portrayed Republican Party participation inaccurately.  Below is an email sent to the producers at KTVN, as well as their response.

"Last evening KTVN Television reporters Bill Brown and Kristen Remington aired a story about the protest at the capitol, stating that “groups ranging from Planned Parenthood to the Douglas County Republican Central Committee...all rallied against a plan...”, indicating that the Douglas County Central Committee (DCRCC) supported union workers in their protest against the Governor’s budget proposal.  This is not the case.
As far as I know KTVN didn’t cover our demonstration, and the information is inaccurate. I’m a member of the Douglas County Republican Central Committee, and was present at the rally yesterday. We were with a group from various political parties, organizations and areas around Nevada showing our support for the Governor’s budget. The Governor has submitted a budget that lets Nevada government live within its means, fairly apportioning the spending reductions required among all Nevadans. We were concerned that state workers and other special interest groups would demonstrate that they’re unwilling to do their part to help Nevada be responsible, and felt it was important to show our support for Governor Sandoval.

I request that you broadcast a retraction during all of your broadcasts today, and tomorrow morning if necessary, to clarify that the DCRCC supports the Governor’s budget proposals. I appreciate your station's continued efforts to accurately report news that is important to all Nevadans."

Jim Degraffenreid
Douglas County Republican Central Committee

Shortly after the message was sent, KTVN replied with this e-mail, retracted the story and video from their website and posted this statement: http://www.ktvn.com/Global/story.asp?S=14076820

Thank you for your e-mail and for pointing out this error!  We apologize for the misinformation.  We will be airing a correction in our newscasts tonight as well as posting one on our website.  We always strive for accuracy and we are embarrassed by and apologize for this error.

Thank you again for your e-mail.  I hope you will continue to watch Channel 2 News!

Jason Pasco
News Director


The Douglas County Republican Central Committee appreciates the prompt and professional efforts of KTVN staff to correct this story segment once contacted.  We encourage readers to forward this post to friends and associates to ensure clarification of DCRCC's position as well as to acknowledge KTVN's corrective efforts.

Shawn Meehan, Duty Editor
DCRCC Editorial Board

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