Sunday, October 09, 2005

Stewart Gets Ear Full at First Briefing

Source: Arkansas News Bureau This time when Alice Stewart read the news, someone talked back.

The former Little Rock television anchor and new press secretary for Gov. Mike Huckabee defended her calling of a news conference Friday as a way to make the governor's office accessible to the media while the governor was out of state.

Except Friday, Huckabee wasn't out of state and Stewart's inaugural briefing drew grumblings from several reporters.

Stewart said Huckabee returned to Arkansas on Thursday night from a trip to South Carolina, where he touted health initiatives as part of his role as chairman of the National Governor's Association.

"I thought you said you were going to be available to us when he was out of state," said longtime Associated Press correspondent James Jefferson.

"That's going to be the main focus of these press conferences, when's he out of town," Stewart responded.

"But he's not out of state today?" Jefferson asked.

"Right," said the former reporter and weekend anchor for KARK.

In another exchange, Jefferson asked why Stewart would hold the news conference when the information she provided could have been delivered by e-mail or fax.

"Why do we need these briefings?" he said. " ... You're standing there reading, essentially, a press release from the governor. Isn't that right?"

"Right," Stewart said.

Jim Harris, Huckabee's brother-in-law and his director of press operations, cut off questioning immediately after that.

26 Comments:

At 6:34 PM, October 09, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So part of the Governor's job is to do fund raisers for other governors. Is that necessary travel? The fund raiser and he had a book signing. Buddy of mine went to the "happy bookseller" in Columbia, South Carolina and was totally underwhelmed.

 
At 8:03 AM, October 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alice is finally being exposed for the kind of person she is.

 
At 3:14 PM, October 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who was the pool reporter?

 
At 4:46 PM, October 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She was her own pool reporter... and wouldn't share with anyone else. That's why she gave the information with Huckabee in the state... she didn't want the gov to have the info, either.

 
At 5:08 PM, October 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Karma is a beautiful thing.

 
At 12:34 AM, October 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You Alice-haters can say all you want, but she's making more money than any of you!

 
At 12:35 AM, October 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

P.S. And you're paying her salary! HA! HA! LOSERS!

 
At 7:40 AM, October 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's not making more then me.

 
At 8:03 AM, October 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's not making more than I am, either. And she's not a woman of character. Therfore, she is poor.

 
At 9:39 AM, October 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody hates Alice... they just tell the truth about her.

 
At 11:25 AM, October 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do people of true character enjoy it when someone else makes a mistake or hold a grudge about something that happened years ago?

 
At 11:44 AM, October 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you asking if people of character hold grudges? I think the answer is no. But they also remember to never again deal with the people who screwed them over. There's a difference between forgiveness and being a glutton for punishment.

 
At 1:51 PM, October 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny that the two posters who commented on making more money than Alice both had grammatical and/or spelling errors in their short post.

I guess spelling and grammar don't count for much at their jobs.

 
At 1:57 PM, October 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They don't call her Malice Stewart for nothing.

 
At 1:58 PM, October 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This ain't no grammar class.

 
At 8:43 PM, October 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't you "Alice bashers" take out your frustrations on the people in your life that really screwed you over. Jam on the little girl in first grade that stole your crayon box and the bully that threw you in the sticker bushes in junior high in front of the entire student body. It is so obvious that the "bashers" are the same 2 or 3 people in other areas of the media that didn't get the decade old interview their way. You guys must be stuck in some time warp. Life goes on. Get over it. Get off of Alice's back. She's just doing her job.

 
At 10:21 AM, October 12, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's doing her job... is that an excuse for her actions?

 
At 12:08 PM, October 12, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"She's doing her job... is that an excuse for her actions?"

To the above poster:

Are you at work right now? Do you have an excuse for NOT doing your job because you're on the Internet?

The boss

 
At 1:02 PM, October 12, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please read chapter 22: Looking Busy is Hard Work.

 
At 8:01 AM, October 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who saw Alice on the news last night? Her hair has gotten gigantic !!!!!!!

 
At 10:51 AM, October 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe it's just her head has gotten bigger

 
At 11:02 AM, October 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe she's just following Huckabee's orders.

 
At 12:53 PM, October 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huckabee thinks she's a quality person, just because they run together. Wait till he finds out about the real Malice Stewart.

 
At 1:26 PM, October 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How would Huckabee know anything about a quality person?

 
At 2:37 PM, October 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the above poster is saying, two peas in a pod ?

 
At 7:09 PM, October 16, 2005, Blogger clittus said...

Let's face it folks - Alice is an idiot. The good old print boys are eating her lunch. - She's gone to work for a Baptist preacher who actually thinks he and his wife Jethrine can make a run for the White House. People aren't jealous Alice is making more money -- they're just amazed anyone in their right mind would want to jump on this man's bandwagon? Alice may be able to "run" - but now, she'll never be able to "hide" behind a camera.

 

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