October 29th, 2010
11:13 PM ET
11 years ago

Angle campaign bars local station from election night event

Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) – The campaign of Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle has barred a local television station Friday from the state Republican Party’s election night event after it and another station staked her out at the airport.

During the stakeout reporters from the two stations pressed Angle to answer questions.

The Angle campaign said it has had problems with the reporting of one of the stations, KLAS, and added the station did not report accurately the interchange with its reporter Friday.

“They behave like paparazzi,” Angle campaign deputy communications director Ciara Matthews said of the two stations.

“We expect a certain level of journalistic integrity,” Matthews told CNN.

Local media said Angle has not made herself available for interviews, and many of her speeches have been closed to the press.

After its report of Friday’s encounter aired, the campaign decided to bar KLAS from the event. Matthews alleged the stations were doing the work of Angle's opponent, Sen. Harry Reid.

“There is not room at the victory party for Harry Reid’s lapdogs,” Matthews said. “The campaign staff reserves the right to manage the campaign in whatever way we see fit.”

In a statement to CNN, KLAS news director Ron Coming said it was trying to do its job.

“The reason we arrived at the airport was an attempt to interview Sharron Angle after repeated requests for interviews over the last several weeks,” he said.

“I cannot imagine that Sharron Angle or the Nevada Republican Party would deny the citizens of Nevada complete election coverage of their party on Tuesday night,” he added.

Coming said he is talking to state GOP officials about getting access.

The campaign said she has made about 150 media appearances since winning the primary nomination, including a number of speeches open to coverage, although a majority were interviews.

While Reid has at times avoided answering questions during the campaign, his staff has publicized the locations of most of its events to the media, and they have been open to coverage. Reid took reporters questions at an event on Thursday.

During the airport stakeout Friday, Angle said the people of Nevada are most concerned about jobs and the economy. But when the KLAS reporter told her, “If you want to be 1 of 100 U.S. Senators that are going to be deciding on war powers and ratifying treaties - which is what a senator has to do - you have to answer these questions.”

Angle responded, “Well certainly, and I’ll answer these questions when I’m the Senator.”

The reporter pressed why she wouldn’t answer now.

Her response was “because the campaign and this, the issues that Nevada are facing right now is putting Nevada back to work. We need our jobs, and our economy – those things need to be answered for us first.”

Matthews said the campaign has not made a decision about whether to allow entry to the event to the other station, KSNV, involved in the stakeout because it wanted to review how it reported the incident. But, she said she believed KSNV has been more accurate in its coverage.

At a Friday night get out the vote event with Angle and Sen. John McCain, all media were allowed to cover the event

- CNN Assignment Editor Janet DiGiacomo contributed to this story

Filed under: 2010 • Nevada • Sharron Angle
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Daniel

    What a clown this Angle is. It is unbelievable that the citizens of Nevada would consider electing such a hate-monger and idiot.

    October 29, 2010 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  2. bill stapp

    Freedom of the press does not mean that the press is free to do what it wants. Angle is correct that journalism has sacrificed its standards in order to get profits, and at times promote a specific agenda. This is true of both conservative and liberal commentaries.

    Journalism has merged with entertainment to become today's news narcotic. And if the little darlings are not treated with the respect they think they deserve, then they get tweaked and take it out on somebody.... thus proving that they are far less journalists and far more entertainers.

    October 29, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  3. joni

    This woman has people carrying Joe McArthy signs at her events.
    He was the guy who lost his marbles in the Senate in the 1950s and brought
    our country to moral ruin.
    Who in their right mind would vote for this crazy stupid woman?
    I will do everything I can to keep her from office.
    She is the devil dressed up as a maverick. Don't get fooled again.
    JONI in Elko

    October 29, 2010 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  4. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    I cannot believe the people of Nevada would vote to give up their Social security benifits and Department of Education. If you do...you reap what you sow Nevada...

    October 29, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  5. Former Republican, now an Independent

    These people (like Sarah Palin) embarass their party by their lack of comprehension, whenever interviewed by a legitimate news agency. They will only be interviewed in a controlled environment by non-news journalists with prepared responses like Fox.

    October 30, 2010 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  6. Trixie

    This lady is a nut job. She won't let the press interview her. What is she hiding.
    She is not fit to do anything but go home and bake if she can even do that.
    Her ideas are crazy and she is not good for Nevada at all.
    She will not bring jobs to Nevada she will only take them away like the Bush days.
    You think you have problems now just wait.
    You don't listen to what these tea parties are all about. None of them is what I want for this country.
    They are all insane. The republican party is no better. Wake up America before it is to late.
    They are hateful and insane.

    October 30, 2010 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  7. Julie in CA

    OMG....don't make her answer a question that hasn't been pre-screened! She goes on "tilt"; simply can't do it! How in the heck could anyone in their right mind vote for this idiot?

    October 30, 2010 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  8. stevetall

    All Fascists want to control the media. A vote for this drip is a vote for the end of ouor civilization. Only in America could some half-smart right-wing freak displace the 3rd-most powerful man in the world. Sheesh! And some people think our education system is fine.

    October 30, 2010 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  9. George of the jungle

    she is using the sme tactic as Palin. If the voters don't get her to answere questions then they won't know how stupid she really is. Wake up Nevada. What happened to freedome of the press? the repos will change the constitution and take way all our freedoms if you let them Vote them out. Go to the polls and vote the repos out. we can make a difference lets keep moving forward.

    October 30, 2010 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  10. Jason

    If there was ever proof of the importance of education, it is this woman. Education develops critical thought and that can only happen when republicans talk to every facet of the media. If they can intelligently debate the "hard" questions, then they can be persuasive leaders. Otherwise, they have no depth and, almost certainly, no ideas!

    October 30, 2010 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  11. LouAz

    "lapdogs" ? This rhetoric sounds like North Korean politik talk. This cannot be the attitude of anyone that wants to be a US Senator. Man-o-man, what has happened to us ? I'm 68 and have never heard such anti American talk from any candidate.
    This is NOT any answer about how to govern or make any progress. This person Sharon Angle is really scary. But the most scary thing about her is how many apparent supporters she seems to have.

    October 30, 2010 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  12. CRG

    I find it hard to believe that Sharon Angle has any credibility with the people of Nevada. Her ideas predate the 1930s. That she may get elected as well as some others around the country just like her (Rand Paul comes to mind) makes me wonder if we have an epidemic of Rinoceritis in this country.

    October 30, 2010 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  13. La Piovra

    Damn, that's a classy Angle. I hope that election night party is her political wake.

    October 30, 2010 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  14. barry

    Senator Angle is a Great American she has retired Harry Reid. Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Obama have caused many American families to suffer. Senator Angle has taken Reid out, the House goes Republican so Princess Pelosi has no voice, the majority of Governors races go Republican which will end Obama from stealing another 4 years. Hopey Changey yes we can caused much suffering of American Families and that's why we eliminate the incompetent people responsible. We need Hillary to run and clean up this disaster Obama has made.

    October 30, 2010 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  15. Anonymous

    This woman can't talk to the press, she has no answers. and can you imagine what she will be like in office if she doesbn't like a question. What are conservatives thinking by backing this woman?
    Wake up before it's too late!

    October 30, 2010 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  16. Edwin

    Amazing. She wants to be elected to make things better. But she says she won't tell us how unless we elect her...

    October 30, 2010 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  17. josh

    They won't answer any questions when they get elected, get used to it, only FOX will have the pick of the litter. Thanks to CNN, who bent over backwards to legitimized these Tea Party people.....why did CNN follow FOX and try to put Tea Party in power, that is a good story to investigate....bet there are some snakes in that barrel.

    October 30, 2010 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  18. Moosehead

    Angle is a piece of garbage,.. Nevadans need to wake up, and reject this dangerous, totally unqualified and obnoxious woman.

    October 30, 2010 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  19. Marry

    Angle responded, “Well certainly, and I’ll answer these questions when I’m the Senator.”

    My dear friends, if what Ms. Angle has said during her campaign is any indication, you will get a Senator without any conviction you could support. She already is trying to cut deals behind closed doors that the public should not know about. Why are you not offended by someone wanting your vote, without explaining to you for what? And the little she has talked about is so littered with misinformation, lack of knowledge, disregard for the needs of the public – it is an insult in itself.

    Please go out and vote! But, vote informed, responsible and smart! Don’t be fooled or scared to vote against YOUR interests.

    October 30, 2010 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  20. KathyC in Minnesota

    This is one ARROGANT and DANGEROUS woman!

    "I will speak to the Press only AFTER I am elected." Which translates into.."I can say whatever I want, and you can't hold me accountable." People running for office are subjected to scrutiny by the press and the people.

    My Mother lives in Nevada and I have pleaded with her NOT to vote for Sharron Angle. I said to my Mother, "This woman opposes everything you stand for. Safe and Legal Abortions, a decent wage, Social Security and Medicare for Seniors, and so forth."
    I have to call her this weekend.

    October 30, 2010 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  21. njemnu

    What article of the constitution was the Angle campaign protecting?

    October 30, 2010 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  22. Jake

    I'm in bordering Arizona so I catch an earful of this regularly. I'm independent, but cannot believe that this woman is even in the running no less leading in the polls. She hasn't said how she will vote as a Senator, but talks only about things that have nothing to do with the Senate. Are people in Nevada really that stupid? You can vote for 'none of the above' there.

    October 30, 2010 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  23. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    OK, so she is getting practice for dodging questions in case the folks of Nevada do not wake up from their drug induced comas and actually elect her. What does she have to hide? Will she only answer questions from Faux News folks (sorry, I really cannot call them reporters)? People with journalistic integrity like Sarah Palin?

    October 30, 2010 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  24. Darth Vadik, CA

    Bar that media you right wing wackos, because God forbid they expose your butt as a totally insane person that you are.

    Let me ask you Republicans one thing, what do you think of conservatives in Canada, Britain, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Japan, (God forbid) France, or any other industrialized nation in the world???

    If your answer is they are just like our Liberals, then the problem is YOU. You are too conservative.
    Only a crazy man looks at the whole world as crazy and themselves as sane, when the reality is the opposite, YOU are the insane one.

    October 30, 2010 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  25. frag

    Can you say "Freedom of the Press". Don't worry, if Angle gets elected she will then be then subject to removal from office. If she does anything too radical, the good people of Nevada will bring her home. The sad thing is, Nevada is going to need Federal funds to help it's economy get going again. Angle has about as many friends in Washington as I have fingers on one hand. They won't get any money. Oh well, live and learn.

    October 30, 2010 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
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