New York, NY - In her "Fox News Sunday" appearance with Chris Wallace Sunday morning, former Alaska governor and current Fox News Contributor Sarah Palin accused CBS Anchorage affiliate KTVA of trying to link candidate Joe Miller, R-Alaska, to sex offenders.
The former vice presidential candidate was referring to an audio recording in which reporters at the local Alaska TV station were apparently discussing an upcoming Joe Miller rally and possibility of news-making incidents that might occur.
The Miller for Senate campaign says the recording was left on campaign spokesman Randy DeSoto's voicemail accidently after a KTVA employee called him and failed to hang up his phone after leaving a message.
A reporter can be heard saying, "We know that out of all the people that will show up tonight, at least one of them will be a registered sex offender."
Watch Fox's Chief Political Correspondent Carl Cameron's report on the incident:
Moments after this report, KTVA General Manager Jerry Bever put out an official statement:
"While the recording is real, the allegations are untrue,"
"The Miller campaign's analysis of the recording is incorrect in many material ways ranging from personnel involved in the conversation, the interpretation of conversation snippets and the reported transcript of the perceived garbled conversation."
"The perception that this garbled, out of context recording may leave is unfortunate, but to allege that our staff was discussing or planning to create or fabricate stories regarding candidate Miller is absurd. The complete conversation was about what others might be able to do to cause disruption within the Miller campaign, not what KTVA could do."
"The recording was the result of a cell phone not being hung up after a call was placed to Randy DeSoto, Joe Miller campaign spokesperson, Thursday afternoon to discuss Joe Miller's appearance on that evening's newscast. That phone call was placed near the end of a coverage planning meeting in our newsroom regarding that evening's Miller rally in downtown Anchorage. The group of KTVA news personnel was reviewing potential "what-if" scenarios, discussing the likelihood of events at the rally and how KTVA might logistically disseminate any breaking news."
"Have we had internal discussions about the level of professionalism we need to bring to our conversations, internally and externally? Of course we have, this is a lesson to learn from."
Miller is facing off against Democratic nominee Scott McAdams, and write-in candidate incumbent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski.