KBCI TV Sunday morning talk show host Walt Baker didn’t help the station’s reputation for “fair, balanced, accurate, we report-you decide,” news coverage when he interviewed Boise city council candidates Jerome Mapp and Jim Tibbs on his October 16 broadcast.
Walter Baker is a long time supporter of Jim Tibbs and even made a cash donation to the former interim police chief’s campaign fund. Mapp said he didn’t like the scripted questions before the show, but relented prior to taping.
Channel 2 (8 cable) has a slogan “The Difference is Local.” Right, the network boys would have told you up front if there was a conflict–like helping finance a candidate you interview. In fact, during the October 23 SIXTY MINUTES story about Michael Jordan’s new book, the network mentioned the publisher was owned by the CBS parent company.
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