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The Clueless National Republican Congressional Committee PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chet   
Friday, 23 August 2013 19:57

BergChris1A couple days ago, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) posted a video clip on its official blog and YouTube page.  The caption under the video on YouTube says this:

Published on Aug 21, 2013

A local TV news anchor ripped Collin Peterson yesterday for not responding to multiple interview requests. He said that Peterson may think he owns the seat, but he works for the people.


The video is of Fargo's ValleyNewsLive right-wing opinion blow-hard Chris Berg criticizing Minnesota Representative Collin Peterson because he didn't return calls from the right-wing opinion blow-hard's secretary. The NRCC thought this was worthy of their NRCC Communications page so they posted it on the series of tubes.

But the NRCC's description of the video clip, and the description, are just stupid. The title they put on the video is this:

KXJB-TV – Local News Anchor Rips Collin Peterson: “Guess What? You Work For The People”

So what's the problem?

The problem is that Chris Berg isn't a "Local News Anchor."  ValleyNewsLive has all five of their anchors listed on their website, and Berg ain't one of them. 

You might remember Chris Berg's name from when he arbitrarily started comparing North Dakota's Democratic House candidate, Pam Gulleson, to Hitler last year. Yeah, he's a special breed of crackpot; the kind of guy you're justified in never calling back if someone from his show calls you.  So that guy is obviously not someone to be taken seriously, and he's also clearly not a "news anchor."

There's a subtle difference between "news anchor" and "right-wing opinion blow-hard."  You'd think a communications professional working for the NRCC would understand the difference.  

Calling Chris Berg a KXJB "news anchor" is like calling Baby Ruth the star of the movie "Caddyshack."

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j5mc said:

Take it on the road, Chris
To be entirely fair, 6:30 Point of View is a show under the "News" column at ValleyNewsLive.com.

I've never been a frequent viewer of the show, and I haven't caught much of 630POV at all since the elections. I definitely don't envy someone who has to fill multiple half-hours a week on public affairs when all the legislatures are out. So half the time he's up there thinking he's Sean Hannity or something. Can't say I'm a fan in that case.

Despite this, it's a bit uncouth for a Congressman not to engage with the media. Since it doesn't take much for an intern to fire off boilerplate, there's something going on. It might be that e-mails from Fargo are being marked as spam somehow. Or it may be disinterest, like Berg claims.

There's nothing stopping Chris Berg from doing some old-fashioned flatfooting and catching Colin at an event. Or if no one can be bothered to leave the office, having someone call one of Peterson's offices from a 218 number.
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