Vote Kennedy… (Friday) Five Nights A Week

1. Did you vote in your last elections?
Sure did. Have voted in every election since I became of legal voting age. The only elections I’d miss would be for some “piddly” races (elections only for school board, tax assessor, dog catcher, etc. — as opposed to biggies like governor, senator, mayor and the like).

2. Do you know who your elected representatives are?
I do and I should. I work as a TV news producer.

3. Have you ever contacted an elected representative? If so, what was it about?
Yes. Most recent contact was for a live morning show appearance at the TV station — outside of an election season, per newsroom policy.

Now, let me take a moment to clarify. True, if we had a live, sit-down interview with one candidate — for, say, U.S. representative — within the last few weeks, we have to extend the same courtesy to his/her opponent(s). But, let’s say we did have all the U.S. rep candidates on the air live and then candidates for, say, school board member or tax assessor or even dog catcher want to come for a live interview (those “piddly” races I noted earlier). It’s a flood gate we don’t want to open.

No offense. But, the morning show door’s open to politicians outside of campaign stumping. When it comes to political news, it’s better left to regular news coverage and election returns.

4. Have you ever participated in a demonstration?
Nope. Given the fact I now work in TV news, I shouldn’t.

5. Have you ever volunteered in an election? What was the result?
See answer to question 4. 🙂 A former nighttime radio jock wanted me to manage his campaign for mayor of Petal. I politely declined because, as I recall, lots of folks were in the running. So, if I accepted his offer to run his campaign, I’d have to give up my TV news gig (and maybe radio); if he lost (which ended up being the case), what then for me?

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  1. Golly Gee, a newsperson with ethics. Not like some of the Nationally known — Dan R. for example.

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