Friday, April 25, 2008

Dennis Richmond disgusted with election

"The Democrats are just handing this election to the Republicans." Dennis Richmond tells columnist Bill Mann. "Rev. Jeremiah Wright wounded him [Obama] greatly. I'm terrified of a McCain-Clinton campaign. Both are consummate politiciann."

Richmond told Mann he didn't like ABC anchor Charlie Gibson's handling of last week's Democratic debate: "He's a field reporter, not an anchor. He only got the ABC anchor job when that guy [Bob Woodruff] was shot in the head."

Richmond, who is retiring next months after 40 years behind the Channel 2 anchor desk, said he has tried to keep his personal opinions off the air. But he adds, "The whole process is starting to disgust me ... No one is talking about the issues."

Mann notes that Richmond's successor, Frank Somerville, has paid his dues over the years. Mann writes, "When he was working in the low-paying news department up at Channel 50 in Santa Rosa, Berkeley High grad Somerville once told me, he and his wife lived in a camper on his sister-in-law's lawn in Santa Rosa."

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Richmond wanted the hopium. What a surprise.

Robert Holmgren said...

It ain't the issues Dennis, it's the answers that give voters the willies. Take the issue of taxes; Obama so muddled the issue in Philadelphia that no one knows what he wants to happen. And how many times does he get asked about the alternative answers given by his advisors. If Obama wanted to talk issues you'd think he'd welcome chatting it up with reporters instead of stiff arming them over waffles or refusing to debate in North Carolina.

Anonymous said...

True leftiest color displayed even before his time is up. Anyone who is not in line with his candidate is disgusting him. Do we see how deep the 'race' issue is running into?

Anonymous said...

Richmond told Mann he didn't like ABC anchor Charlie Gibson's handling of last week's Democratic debate: "He's a field reporter, not an anchor. He only got the ABC anchor job when that guy [Bob Woodruff] was shot in the head."

Dennis, that's harsh.

Anonymous said...

I tend to agree Dennis is a bit out of line here. I like him, but I wouldn't say he's Mr personality on the air. All these guys are paid to do 1 thing, read the news! Maybe he needs a radio show like Ronn Owens if he wants to vent this way? I don't see McCain as a "politiciann" as he said. McCain has pissed off many many Republicans with his views on things. Plus, he has reached across the aisle more then most to get things done.

Plus, Woodruff didn't get shot, he got hit by shrapnal if I recall??? Charlie got the job because he plays up to the people that watch Network News...Older middle west folk....

Anonymous said...

I don't think his comments indicate any personal preference for a candidate. Rather he's commenting on how the campaigns are being waged.

Anonymous said...

"hopium"! (giggle)