Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Paul Morrison Melt Down


The Morrison Meltdown by raubin
October 24th, 2006
Audio of Paul Morrison’s meltdown. I am still astounded that after 7 minutes Paul Morrison ripped the headphones off his head, slammed them on the table, then spun around and stormed out of the casino.For those of you that heard it live, or stood by with your mouths gaping (some 20 broadcasters witnessed the incident), or in my case sat in front of Mt. Saint Morrision, it was certainly a moment to remember. I felt a little like Tom Cruise (back when he wasn’t an alien, jumping on Oprah’s couch) in A Few Good Men, only I am not sure what actually happened to cause the Chernobyl like event.

We did not “waylay” or ambush him as a caller and a few emails have claimed, it is true Megan and I have disassembled many double talking politicos and government functionaries, occasionally for sport, but more often than not to hold them accountable for their actions or inaction in their capacity as a leader, but this was much different. He has nearly 26 years in the Johnson County DA’s office and about 100 jury trials, plus he is running for Kansas Attorney General. SO he may have been born at night, but it was not last night.His campaign attorney sent a letter last week to the broadcasters in this state threatening their broadcasting licenses if they continued airing a commercial that is critical of him.He arrives to debate Phill Kline at the Kansas Association of Broadcasters annual convention and a week prior agrees to do an interview after that debate with our show.
Preparation is everything, I passed on covering myself in camouflage paint and instead dawned my urban warfare motif consisting of a red long sleeve shirt, black khakis and of course what all the young terrorist are wearing, black Crocs. After seducing him into our lair with our warm welcome, which elicited nothing more than a grunt response, we toss a softball, how was the debate?
Seriously though, if asking him an obvious question about the threat he leveled against broadcast stations, at a prearrange live interview, at the annual convention of the people he threatened is an ambush, I am guilty as charged. (mental note: add Johnson to the list of counties not to get arrested in) This man acted like a bully from the onset of the interview, at one point even winked at me to drive home some sort of Machiavellian intimidation tactic. (mental note: Move Johnson to the top of list of counties not to get arrested in) I believe the audio speaks for itself all seven minutes of it, with a crescendo ending as he slams down his headset and storms off in the most astounding meltdown I have seen or heard in my 5 years of doing this show or in my 15 years of broadcasting. Can you imagine this man under real pressure?
ADDED: Mr Morrison chastise me on the Kansas Supreme ruling,HERE,After review it is clear again that Paul Morrison is not interested in the truth. In relation to Phill Kline, invading the privacy of patience it is spelled out clearly here:“Judge Anderson’s order also provided for certain precautions to guard against unnecessary disclosure of sensitive, confidential, or irrelevant information in the patient files:(1) The files were to be deposited in the district court and would not be disclosed to anyone, including the attorney general or his agents, until further court order;(2) the court would select special counsel to conduct an initial in camera review of the files and to assist in identifying sensitive, confidential, or irrelevant information; and(3) the court would require the attorney general to “nominate one or more licensed physicians to examine medical records” and to explain to the court the relevance of any document designated for photocopying. Judge Anderson also stated that the redaction of patient-identifying information would be considered before any copies of the files would be released. Finally, petitioners were to be given an opportunity to make suggestions regarding the management of the records to cause no broader intrusion into the patients’ privacy than necessary.”He then contends the KSC found it troubling that he wanted the private information, this too is a misstatement of what the court said. In fact the word troubling appears only twice in the entire ruling, and are in the same paragraph dealing with a gag-order place on the case:“Kline’s initial responses were troubling. He admitted that he attached sealed court records to a brief he knew would be unsealed; that he did so knowingly because, in his sole estimation, he believed it to be necessary to further his arguments; that he held a press conference on this criminal matter merely because he determined that petitioners had painted his previous actions in an unflattering light; and that he later permitted his staff to provide electronic copies of the sealed transcript to anyone who requested them. In essence, Kline has told this court that he did what he did simply because he believed that he knew best how he should behave, regardless of what this court had ordered, and that his priorities should trump whatever priorities this court had set. Furthermore, although there is conflict between the parties on exactly what was said in the press conference, i.e. whether the actual content of the sealed documents was discussed, Kline’s stated reason for holding the conference — to combat what he saw as unflattering earlier press coverage — does not appear to be among the permissible reasons for an attorney in his position to engage in extrajudicial statements under Kansas Rule of Professional Conduct 3.6 (2005 Kan. Ct. R. Annot. 473). This too is troubling.”
The media in this state has continued to allow Paul Morrison to continually misstates facts because of either sloth reporting or a bias against the current AG. This must stop, and I will continue to demand honest answers from people either seeking or holding public office on this program. It may be uncomfortable for some, but it is my duty to you and other listeners to bring these inconsistencies to light.


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