Opponent Frustrated With Governor's WCCO Show
July 10, 2009 at 7:46 AM (PT)
"Expressing frustration with political misinformation that he claims MINNESOTA Gov. TIM PAWLENTY regularly spreads on [CBS RADIO Talk] WCCO radio, Senate Majority Leader LARRY POGEMILLER is asking the radio station for some time to air rebuttals, reports THE STAR TRIBUNE.
"We are requesting your station provide a periodic segment following the governor's show for lawmakers of the opposing party to provide a different point of view," wrote POGEMILLER, DFL-MINNEAPOLIS, last week in a letter to WCCO GM MICK ANSELMO.
"In an interview, POGEMILLER said that he's not seeking equal time and that he has no quarrel with WCCO granting the governor a weekly talk show, which began with former Gov. JESSE VENTURA in 1999 and typically runs an hour FRIDAY mornings. But POGEMILLER said PAWLENTY, a REPUBLICAN, often uses air time to distort the positions of his DFL opponents. And he complained that WCCO had the governor fill in a few times as an afternoon host during the contentious legislative session without providing for opposing views.
"TIM PAWLENTY's got FOX NEWS he can be on. He doesn't need to spew this stuff on WCCO," which is a MINNESOTA institution and enjoys special credibility among listeners, POGEMILLER said."