Sarah Palin gave a speech last night at California State University-Stanislaus, which was carried on a live stream via FOX 40 in Sacramento. Since cameras weren't allowed inside the auditorium, the station had a camera shoot the speech, via a screen in a room with reporters.
What happened next, as seen in this video found at The Right Scoop, was that unidentified reporters in the room began to mock Palin, unaware that the camera in the room was carrying their idiocy nationwide.
FOX40 put up a half-assed statement on their website, saying it was no one from their staff responsible for the commentary.
"My God, I feel like I just got off a roller coaster. Raaaah! Raaaah! Raaaah! (laughing)."
"We've got to write a report."
"She didn't finish a statement, trying..."
"Right, it was worse than I thought."
"Did she make a statement? Cause I didn't catch that either." (laughter)
...following Sarah Palin's address from CSU Stanislaus, several reporters could be heard making comments about the speech that some viewers considered inappropriate and unprofessional. Day by day, television, newspaper and radio reporters are asked to cover stories involving mayhem and misery, and occasionally off-color comments slip out on-air and online. Honestly, it's happened on FOX40 News and on FOX40.com in the past during live presentations of news and events.
However, the comments overheard were made by reporters assembled from other newspaper and television outlets, and at no time was the voice of our photographer heard on the stream. It's very likely that those reporters and photographers were unaware, or simply forgot, that there was one television station with an open microphone broadcasting to the world.
Additionally, it should be noted that FOX40 reporter Andria Borba was not in the room where our signal was broadcast, and the voices heard delivering color commentary at the end of Sarah Palin's speech were male.
Unfortunately, there's no way to immediately identify the photographers and reporters making commentary following Sarah Palin's speech, and it would be inappropriate for FOX40 News and FOX40.com to apologize on their behalf.
As always, our phone lines and e-mail inboxes are always open to comments and criticism. Our news director Brandon Mercer can be reached at Brandon.Mercer@FOX40.com, our acting general manager Mike Armstrong can be reached at Mike.Armstrong@FOX40.com and I can be reached at Matthew.Keys@FOX40.com.
Misery & mahem? Maybe instead of rationalizing the unprofessionalism of these liberal journalists, FOX40 should have stated that the comments are unbecoming of a media which claims to be "objective."
I'm looking for news reports to find who may have been there. I did find this story written by the Turlock Journal about the speech. Was the Journal's reporter, Alex Cantatore, in the room, as were the Modesto Bee and ABCNews10?
Here's another video with better quality sound:
From Tammy Bruce's website. She's been on top of this story.