Joe Keating blows off Outlook Portland with Nick Fish

Here at BlueOregon HQ, we've just received the following note from Nick Fish - host of Outlook Portland.

KRCW offered all five candidates for governor, including the minor party candidates, the opportunity to appear on Outlook Portland to discuss their respective visions for Oregon.

Pacific Green Party candidate Joe Keating accepted our invitation and scheduled a taping for this week.

KRCW then promoted his appearance on BlueOregon, and in other venues. Mr. Keating subsequently failed to appear for his taping. This Sunday, we'll be airing a Best of Outlook Portland show. We regret any inconvenience to our audience.

Next week, we look forward to hearing from Libertarian candidate for Governor, Richard Morley.

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  • Mister Tee (unverified)
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    Let's hope he was out planting trees...Or converting his Jetta to biodiesel....Or something really important.

    At least he didn't no-show a live appearance.

  • Aaron V. (unverified)
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    I would just use the first three words of the headline.

    Fortunately, he won't do to the Dems what Tom Cox did to the Rethugs last time around...

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    That's a little over the top, Aaron. Joe is a personal friend of mine and I can attest to the fact that he is a fun guy, level-headed in a crisis (we both do security work at the Oregon Country Fair, so I have some basis for saying that), and a consummate host. I don't agree with his run for governor, but he's a fine person.

    (The reason I don't think Joe should be running for governor is the same reason I didn't think Nader should be running for president: it's totally in contradiction to the decentralist, ground-up philosophy the Green Party is supposed to exemplify. It seems to me like Greens would, if they were living that philosophy to its fullest, start by focusing on city and county and state legislative races, and slowly build up a stable of talented candidates with governmental experience. Marquee races only soak up time and money that could better be spent on small-scale, winnable contests.)

  • Tony (unverified)
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    So, I wouldn't have thought that Keating would have mattered much in this election seeing as Starett was polling higer then him leaving her the bigger spoiler. But in the latest poll numbers <href=http: www.eastoregonian.info="" main.asp?sectionid="13&amp;SubSectionID=48&amp;ArticleID=55321&amp;TM=13127.18">this is blueoregon, Saxton is up 39% to 37%. I realize this a statistical dead heat, but Kulo has been up big for a while. Is the Riley Institute legit?

  • Tony (unverified)
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    So evidently i dont know HTML at all. Here is the link http://www.eastoregonian.info/main.asp?SectionID=13&SubSectionID=48&ArticleID=55321&TM=13127.18, and disregard the "this is blue oregon". sorry

  • Dave Lister (unverified)
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    Perhaps Keating had to make a decision between the taping and another event which was more important to his campaign. Nick has a good show, but airing at 6:30 AM on Sunday I doubt if it reaches that many people.

  • portland progressive (unverified)
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    6:30 on sunday is way to early. fish would do much better just putting his stuff up on youtube or something.

  • Aaron V. (unverified)
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    Bear Wilner-Nugent: Your comments are exactly why I made my comment. There's no upshot to Keating's candidacy, with a spoiler and "perfect is the enemy of the good" possibility as well, not to mention Rethug chicanery, like they attempted with Nader in some states and in the PA Senate race.

    I have met Joe Keating, and he seems all right, but his gubernatorial run is foolish in the extreme.

  • Anonymous (unverified)
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    Is this really worthy of coverage on Blue Oregon. I mean really...who gives a shit?

  • Tamerlane (unverified)
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    I definetly agree -- Mr. Fish would be better off putting his show on "youtube or something." There's simply no chance that I'm ever going to see his show, given the hour; but, made more available, I'd watch each week. Oh, and about the Green guy not making the taping? (Insert marijuana joke here.)

  • Nick Fish (unverified)
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    I like the idea of a better time slot, youtube, podcast, even rebroadcast on Comcast cable. I will follow-up with the powers that be at KRCW.

    The Keating campaign confirmed that the taping was on his schedule.

    Mr. Keating and other minor party candidates complained about being shut out from the debates, and receiving limited media coverage. We agreed that it was unfair and offered each candiate thirty minutes to make their case. Then he failed to show up for the taping.

    Next week: the Libertarian Party candidate.

    Coming soon: Andy Stern, President of the SEIU.

    Nick Fish

  • Mister Tee (unverified)
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    If Citizen Keating wasn't attending the birth of his child, not showing up for 30 minutes of FREE TV is Darwin Award severity stupid.

    I don't care if it was 30 minutes on the Shopping Channel or Spongebob Squarepants: TV exposure is something the Greenies aren't accustomed to getting for free.

    Nick's show is worth getting up early for: he's able to get his guests to relax and open up, and he has no competition for local public affairs programming (unless you count OPB Radio's Oregon Considered, which has no guests).

    Clearly, the show would attract more viewers with a Sunday evening time slot, but you go to the remote control with the programming schedule that you have (right Rummy?). Plus, you'd be competing with Antiques Roadshow, Big Brother All Stars, Desperate Housewives, or 60 minutes, and local programming gets crushed when going up against the bigs.

    Keep up the good work, NICK. I'd love to see more local politicians on your show: how about a debriefing with Dianne Linn? Or maybe a few of the most entertaining/engaging educators from Portland area colleges (Jack Bogdanski comes to mind)?

  • Nick Fish (unverified)
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    Mister Tee--

    I love the idea of a "debriefing with Dianne Linn" followed by a meet Ted Wheeler show. I'll try to schedule both shows in December.

    I'd settle for 8 or 9am on Sunday.

    As for the paucity of public affairs broadcasting in Oregon, I think it is disgraceful.This is an issue we should raise when local stations seek renewal of their licences from the FCC.

    The print media isn't much help either. The Oregonian runs a free listing of the Sunday national news shows in its Saturday edition. When Senator Gordon Smith appeared on my show, I inquired whether we could join the listing. My argument was that if the paper advertised his appearance on CNN, why not on a local station. The response I got was not unexpected, and was flavored with condescension. The short version: The national news shows matter, the local shows don't.

    Thanks for the feedback.

    Nick

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    Thanks for the feedback.

    To give you mine, thanks to TIVO, I haven't missed a show. I especially like when you have Anna Griffin (Oregonian) and Nigel Jaquiss (Willamette Week) on, the interplay is very interesting. I'd have them on more...

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