Media outlets outside Alabama are noting the black eye that WHNT-TV in Huntsville gave itself when it did not show the majority of the 60 Minutes segment on Don Siegelman in its regular Sunday night time slot. The New York Times (here and here, and first here on its blog The Lede), Reuters, and Associated Press are among those who have taken notice.
The state Democratic Party is not only calling for a special prosecutor for the allegations of political prosecution of Don Siegelman, but state party chair Joe Turnham is also calling for an FCC inquiry into the Sunday evening blackout.
Why do people believe conspiracy stories? We know. Conservatives don’t trust the “liberal drive-by media” and liberals don’t trust the “Republican spin machine.” No one trusts big media owners, and not many trust the Justice Department.
People also like to believe things don’t just happen. In a weird way, they’d rather believe evil forces control the agenda than believe machines just fail at the worst possible time.
No doubt that the 60 Minutes segment has gotten more attention than it would have had WHNT aired it in its normal time.