News Roundup for 10/27/10

I'm sorry you're such a dick, Tim Profitt

-Headline of the Day-
"Kentucky Stomper Wants An Apology From Woman He Assaulted."

Say what you will about Kentucky headstomper Tim Profitt, but you've got to admit his got balls. After being identified as the guy who put the boot to MoveOn activist Lauren Valle, Profitt sat down with a local TV reporter to tell his side of the story.

"I don't think it's that big of a deal," Profitt says. "I would like for her to apologize to me to be honest with you." Unfortunately for both Profitt and Valle, it is a big deal, since she suffered a concussion and shoulder sprains from the attack. He's facing an assault charge because of it, so police seem to think it's a big deal as well. Still, everything is all Valle's fault, because she's a leftist agitator.

"She's a professional at what she does," Profitt added, "and I think when all the facts come out, I think people will see that she was the one that initiated the whole thing."

"Just so we're absolutely clear, the guy who stomped on a defenseless woman's head wants her to apologize to him," writes Steve Benen. "Maybe she smudged his shoe or something." (Talking Points Memo)

-This interview never happened-
Spooky Delaware witch Christine O'Donnell made an appearance on WDEL's The Rick Jensen Show and, according to the station, "answered a variety of questions from listeners as well as the host." Pretty much your normal old campaign stop, really. And then things got weird...

According to the report, "At the conclusion of the interview, a representative from the campaign who had been in the broadcast studio with O'Donnell asked that the video be turned over to the campaign and not released. He stated that the videotaping had not been approved by the O'Donnell campaign."

"O'Donnell also told show host Rick Jensen that she would sue the radio station if the video was released," WDEL reports. Here's the thing; O'Donnell wouldn't have a legal leg to stand on. See, videotape, audio, and photos are covered under two different licensing laws -- commercial use license and editorial use license. Commercial use would be like an acting or modeling gig and you've got to get a signed release from the people featured in the work, while editorial use is newsy-type stuff -- like, say, an interview with a major party candidate for the US senate -- and you don't need any release for that. It's all very complicated and legal and boring, which is probably why Christine didn't know about it. After all, she's running for a law-writing job, not a law-reading job.

Anyhoo, Christine's campaign manager said they'd "crush" the station if they posted video of the interview, which didn't go very well for her. The station, being both the creator and copyright holder of the work, responded with something along the lines of "blow me" and went ahead and put the video on their site.

"After seeing the video the attorney for the O'Donnell campaign contacted WDEL's counsel again to apologize for charges made by their campaign manager," the station reports. "The attorney agreed that there was no legal issue with the video and expressed regret for the incident."

You know, for someone who's all "the Constitution this" and "the Constitution that," Christine O'Donnell's grasp of the concept of press freedom seems a little tenuous. (WDEL, Talking Points Memo)

-Bonus HotD-
"Sarah Palin Takes Twitter Gibberish To Whole New Level."

Actual twitter quote: "@ExaminerOpEdsgggg d}.}" No, really. She probably sat on her blackberry or something. It happens, no big deal.

But you know what's really sad? It's been retweeted by 47 teabaggers so far, because everything Sarah Palin does is automatically brilliant. (Wonkette)

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