By Adrian Duyzer
Published November 24, 2011
This blog entry has been updated.
In an interview with Laura Babcock on Chats from the Lair, Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina blames former mayor Fred Eisenberger for the infamous incident where he threw a pen during a council meeting.
"Part of the reason for things like pen-throwing was lack of control by the chair, and, the chair of that meeting was behaving improperly, and that happened to be the former mayor," Bratina said, in a comment that went unchallenged by Babcock.
Bratina also complained that his comments are often taken out of context.
Babcock: "Do you think people misunderstand you because of the way things are clipped, and you know, woven into other narratives?"
Bratina:"Well, my story's not getting told, that's for sure."
Babcock: "So tell us, what are we missing?"
Bratina: "The truth...over and over again, I mean, I've given up trying to correct the famous accuracy newspaper, because then they tell me I'm thin-skinned."
I'm sure my pointing out his shifting of responsibility for hurling a pen from himself to Eisenberger would qualify, in Bratina's books, as taking him out of context. But the point is, he said it, and if you want the context, I'm embedding the entire interview below.
I have to warn you, however, that I'm only 15 minutes into this interview, and it's already a total love-in, characterized by a cozy atmosphere devoid of any challenging questions or critical remarks.
You may find that frustrating, just as I'm finding, and I haven't even gotten to the point where, as Babcock writes on her website, "His loyal Chief of staff and former journalist Peggy Chapman joins the chat spontaneously to defend the Mayor and set the record straight on why they handle the media the way that they do."
Update: In response to my criticism, Laura Babcock explained (via Twitter) that the format of the Laircast is a "relaxed", "casual & interesting chat". She says she started the show to "provide alternative environment for conversation with lots of laughter" and that the "format is not to everyone's taste". [NOTE: I edited her comments slightly to "de-twitterfy" them.]
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