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Pulitzer prize-winning reporter reprimanded during interview

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reporter Reprimanded During Interview

Taking notes during interviews can be a tedious practice, but it's better than being called out for just pretending to take notes.

That's what happened to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nigel Jaquiss during a panel interview for Portland's Willamette Week. He was called out by Mark Callahan, an Oregon Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Jaquiss wrote down "blah blah blah" when another candidate's response got a little lengthy.

"He got nabbed by another candidate. 'You want to talk about disrespect?'"
"You just wrote down 'blah blah blah blah blah' after everything that Jo Rae said."'

But that's not where the feud between Jaquiss and Callahan ended. Things only seemed to get worse over the next couple of minutes, even after they tried to move on. Here's Willamette Week:

'Climate change, do you believe it's a myth or a reality?' 'It's a myth.'
'Where are you on the Easter Bunny?' '
'How about you ask a serious and respectful question?'

It's safe to say Callahan wasn't enjoying the interview, and he was asked to leave not long after.

On his Facebook page, Callahan posted the video of the interview and defended his actions saying, "I stand by what I did as being the right thing to do." He also called the interview panel "disrespectful, thin-skinned liberals."

Jaquiss confirmed he wrote 'blah, blah, blah.' He told the New York Daily News, "When Ms. Perkins then insisted on answering a question about the Affordable Care Act, I found her answer non-responsive - she veered off ... and I did write 'blah, blah, blah.'"

Willamette Week posted the entire interview for all to see. The publication defended its actions and joked that when it asked Callahan to leave, "our 'thin-skinned liberal' editors helpfully pointed the direction in which Callahan might find the door."

And believe it or not, Willamette Week, which planned to endorse a candidate after the interview, gave it to a different Republican. Who would've thought Callahan wouldn't be their guy?

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mtfuhrer May 07 2014 at 5:02 PM

Please, if you are going to aspire to a professional reporter, and report on a story for an area which you are not familiar, at least try to use proper pronunciation of the area: it is Willamette (will-am-it). It pains me almost as much as folks who say (Ory-gone) instead of (Ory-gun).

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nama holston May 07 2014 at 10:43 AM

Callahan probably knew from watching the reaction of the committee who they would or would not endorse as a candidate. Journalist, in the eyes of the public, have NO credibility in their profession, their personal lives, or the lives of the people for whom they supposedly report the NEWS (?)! When you analyze the people whom we are to look up to, ie. representatives (political), sports athletes, actors, lawyers, teachers, bankers, etc. there is a miniscule few who stand out as respectful role models.

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Robert May 07 2014 at 11:59 AM

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nigel Jaquiss
Yeah, right.
I guess Politzers don't mean what they use to.

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momsname17 May 07 2014 at 12:12 PM

Guess he didn' kiss ther butt

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Innkeeper May 07 2014 at 12:26 PM

From the way this article is written, it's hard to understand who said what--and no, I don't want to watch the video!

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rrarizona May 07 2014 at 12:50 PM

Be reminded that a Pulitzer is the publishing equivalent of the gold star recieved for not crapping your pants during naptime in kindergarten. The only Pulitzer of value was Roxanne and her trumpet.

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Who Me May 07 2014 at 12:54 PM

Well if it was as boring as I expect then BLAH,BLAH,BLAH, was appropriate

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crarob Who Me May 07 2014 at 1:22 PM

You mean as when zero is lying, uh, I mean speaking.

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imd89 May 07 2014 at 12:57 PM

He was intelligent enough to win a pulitzer & left his note pad in such a way that it could be seen by one of the other parties!! What he did was to set a trap knowing the results it would bring. Point being he showed what he really is a journalist unworthy of the PULITZER.

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notapclib May 07 2014 at 12:58 PM

Gee... an ultra far left "newspaper" got their nose out of joint for being told they were disrespectful, arrogant, living personifications of the southern end of a northbound democrat logo for insulting a REPUBLICAN candidate.... I'm shocked. It also goes to show being "awarded" a "Pulitzer Prize" is no longer worth the ink to print the names of those awarded the "distinction" by their peers.

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tiger May 07 2014 at 1:18 PM

I agree with you about the Pulitzer Price (BO won one after being in office 3 months) but after I read the headline I thought he was interviewing BO>

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