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Monday, March 02, 2009
Tommy Christopher - imaginary journalist
REAL MAN OF GENIUS
I've never heard of Tommy Christopher, but he claimed to be working for "AOL News" at CPAC this past Friday when Stevie B and KMC were working our Book Signing.
Several polite media members had asked if they could come over and do impromptu interviews with us during the signing and we had declined all of them -- choosing instead to really enjoy the time with the 200 or so in line that showed up for us.
As we were finishing up and already late for an interview itinerary that was to be executed in very tight time-slots of like ten minutes each: The Washington Times, NRA News, HotAir.com, PJTV, Steve Gill Radio, Don Kroah Radio, Take a Stand Radio, we had other media waiting for us with their runners standing politely outside the roped off barricade surrounding the book signing area.
Thus when a guy shows up ruffled and as unkempt as a childmolesting uncle and throws the camera on us AFTER we had repeatedly told all of the respectful media to wait their turn and we would get to them... well it was just not going to happen.
BUT as it turns out - the guy lied to us anyway... claiming to represent AOL News, (which he does an occasional cross posting for) he instead only posted the video he shot - without permission on his personal blog which didn't even ding the lowest bell on Alexa web ratings when checked into.
Then he makes me out to be the bad guy - because I knew that he was slinking around (could tell by sizing him up in three seconds) - to try to get Stephen to say something about a speech/comment made by RNC Chairman Michael Steele that I KNEW Stephen had not seen. (Because Tommy is a homosexual? Why else would he be "asking everyone at CPAC" their opinion on such an insignificant quote?)
Which made him not only a punk but a coward.
Look if you're intention is to get a thoughtful response for fair usage by a celebrity saying something on the most volatile political issue of the day... let the celebrity have the courtesy of seeing the footage, hearing the quote, and giving the guy a minute to think about it.
REAL MAN OF GENIUS: Tommy Christopher... instead chose to do absolutely everything wrong.
**VIDEO - See it for yourself, leave him a note, and get back to me on if I handled it correctly.**
My instinct says I did.
UPDATE: Tommy Christopher
lies on top of other lies he's already told hoping that there will be so many lies no one can catch them all
here's the truth about the last round of lies Tommy Christopher--liar lives to tell
Tommy's claim: "There was no one waiting for Stephen and I"
TRUTH: There were runners for the Washington Times (a lovely young lady in a green dress), Pajamas Media (Roger Simon), and for HotAir as well as NRA News (David Nammo) -- waiting for us to wrap the book signing and to escort us to the next stops for the afternoon.
Tommy's claim: "Stephen's 'd*ckbag buddy' made (Stephen) nervous, and so (Stephen) didn't want to comment any further."
TRUTH: Creepy unkempt Tommy Christopher made Stephen highly suspicious of him since he was running tape BEFORE asking permission to speak to us. Stephen and I were there together to promote our radio show - now on in 164 markets. Christopher wished to score a cheap piece of tape to make Stephen look dumb. He wished to do so by catching him off guard and then publishing it without Stephen's permission. Since Stephen and I own the media company together -- I had every right to set the agenda for the afternoon. Tommy Christopher never asked permission, acted like a total tool while there, and was mad at me because I put an end to his fishin expedition.
Tommy's claim: "Kevin asserts Tommy is a homo"
TRUTH: I said he looked unkempt (like a creepy uncle). And I asked two questions in the above post that postulated why he was asking those at CPAC about such an obscure quote by Steele. Usually those who walk around wanting to know everyone else's thoughts on homosexuality do so for other reasons than just pure intellectual curiousity. If asking the guy a question about his motivation asserts anything... I'm at a loss as to explain how. One thing definitely asserts such however... RESPONDING to the question.
Tommy's OH SO ORIGINAL claim: "Kevin's a homo bc he said homo"
TRUTH: Tommy's an angry boy, who knows very little about manners and even less about journalism. Listeners to our show know well the love and affection I have for my Lovely Bride. It's intellectually lazy to accuse someone of being a repressed homosexual. But intellectually lazy describes Tommy Christopher pretty well. He's had some fun at my expense bc I asked him who he was and what he wanted to talk to Stephen and I about. (It was a joint appearance and Stephen wasn't doing one on one interviews... neither was I... we were promoting our show.)
Tommy Christopher has been proven false on four claims in his most recent update to this story. He uses language that is profane and vulgar because he lacks either the imagination or the vocabulary to make his point without it. He's angry... he's ticked... and he's rude.
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