KSFY Rebuts Billion claims that Rounds ducked the KSFY debate.

A couple of days ago, Jack Billion had put out a press release making the claim that Governor Rounds was less than eager to debate him:
Governor Mike Rounds made a decision last night to duck out of the Nov. 2 gubernatorial debate on KSFY, only minutes after a dismal debate performance on South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

The announcement from KSFY that Rounds ducked out the Nov. 2 debate arrived 40 minutes after Rounds’ weak showing against Billion on the South Dakota Public Broadcasting debate Thursday evening. On Sept. 25, KSFY had announced that all of the candidates for governor, including Rounds had confirmed their commitments to participate in the debate. A couple weeks later, Rounds’ staff told KSFY that a staff member “had made a mistake” with the Nov. 2 date, yet the date was accepted by the Rounds’ organization. Last night, KSFY announced Rounds’ decision to duck out.

“Mike Rounds has decided he can’t defend his record of poor leadership for the last four years,” Billion said. “He has little to show for four years in office, so his natural reaction is to hide from accountability and reality.”
Somehow, I doubted it was the case. And lo and behold, KSFY themselves came out and shot Jack's claims out of the sky. KSFY issued the following note to everyone involved with the ill fated KSFY debate that Billion was saying was scuttled by Governor Rounds. Nothing like someone mischaracterizing events to get the media to put their foot down and clear everything up:
Thank you for your concerns and comments over the Augustana/League of Women Voters/KSFY debate. To clear up any misconceptions caused by erroneous press releases, the debate was not cancelled due to the lack of participation of one candidate but the failure of the candidates to agree on a date and time for a forum. Mike Rounds asked for alternate date, Jack Billion rejected that date and proposed other options that Rounds rejected and so forth and so on.

After two weeks of working with the campaigns to find common ground the three sponsoring partners in the debate decided it was counterproductive to continue trying to find a date that worked for all candidates. The League of Women voters has a very specific list of criteria to meet for their sponsorship requirements including one that states no one candidate can be put at an advantage or disadvantage because of the debate. Representatives from all three sponsoring organizations agreed that was the case here and it would be all or nothing and the decision was made to call off the event.

We, like you are disappointed the debate will not happen.

Mitch Krebs
News Director/Anchor
KSFY Television
So, Billion accused Rounds of ducking out of a debate THAT BILLION HIMSELF REJECTED A DATE ON. But, instead of just saying "we couldn't work out a date" Billion decided to take the low road and turn it into an accusation.

Pathetic.

Comments

Anonymous said…
It is pathetic. Billion is obviously very desparate because his campaign is floundering. He keeps claiming that Rounds is "afraid" to debate, even though they have debate like 6 or 7 times. In that case, Stephanie must be "extra afraid" of Bruce Whalen!

It is also pathetic how, after every debate, Billion puts out a press release declaring that he was the clear winner. That is just idiotic. Let the voters watch and make an informed decision. I've seen several of these debates, and I think it stretches credibility to say, as Jack did after the KELO debate (for example), that Jack "took Rounds to the woodshed."

Someone at Billion HQ needs to lay off the caffeine.
nonnie said…
I listened to the debate tonight, and IMHO Rounds took Billion to the cleaners.
Anonymous said…
noinne,
How's the koolaid?
Anonymous said…
I've counted 7 debates thus far. Can anyone tell me if there have ever been more debates in a Gubernatorial election? Or any othe race for that matter?
Anonymous said…
PP, do you work for Rounds?
Anonymous said…
What I read in the release is that rounds wanted to change the date that had been accepted. I think this is being soft-peddled by Shantel Krebs hubby.

I watched three debates and give Billion the v in each.

What's with the smiling and chomping Rounds does?

It's telling PP, that rather than get into a discussion of the issues debated, you go with three negative posts on Billion. You at times want to be viewed as a credible quasi-journalist as in Pagegate, but then you readily fall back into partisian hatchetry. So what is it? Are you legit, or a partisian hack? Or a legitimate partisian hack?
Anonymous said…
"a bunch of rambling nonsense from a smart aleck Republican"

I think the header says it all.
Anonymous said…
to 9:24 and 10:54
You should ask the partisan hacks at other blogs why they don't provide links to this one. This blog has links to pretty much everybody. (P.S. I don't know "PP", didn't even know what the initials stood for until I read the "why you should advertise" message. I'm just someone who reads this blog and comments now and then. By the way, just out of curiousity, your profile says you work for the government..what do you do PP?)
Todd Epp said…
9:42 a.m.

Mitch Krebs is an honest and fair journalist. Shantel doesn't tell him how to run the KSFY newsroom and he doesn't tell her how to be a legislator. If any of you are married, I think you'll understand that we are not clones of our spouses, especially not the Krebs'.
Anonymous said…
Rounds chomps and bites every time Billion lies and he's just biting his tongue, trying not to outburst what a flippin idiot Billion is.

At least that's my prognosis.

Some of these debates are making me feel sorry for Billion.
PP said…
12:09, it's been mentioned here and there on the website from time to time.

I'm currently doing recap/post event stuff for the vietnam dedication. Otherwise, I'm not managing/working anyone's campaign this fall, but I am doing a few special projects here and there for those that I like.

I may even recap a few of them after the election, and beat myself up, because I'm my own worst critic.
Anonymous said…
Mitch Krebs is a boob and a hack. Never seen such and GOP suck up in all my life.

Rounds is a coward!
Tom Gerber said…
I received an email from KSFY telling me that the November 2 debate date was accepted by all four candidates. (I will mail you a copy of this email, if you need it to be convinced of the
truth.) Billion, Willis, and I
discussed this, and none of us backed out of the KSFY debate. So who does that leave as the wimp who backed out?
Tom Gerber, Libertarian candidate
for governor.
Tom Gerber said…
I received an email from KSFY telling me that the November 2 debate date was accepted by all four candidates. (I will mail you a copy of this email, if you need it to be convinced of the
truth.) Billion, Willis, and I
discussed this, and none of us backed out of the KSFY debate. So who does that leave as the wimp who backed out?
Tom Gerber, Libertarian candidate
for governor.

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