Every day brings a new blame game to the table. The latest in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race goes to the Star Tribune reporters who questioned Norm Coleman about a lawsuit in a public space. Apparently reporters are only allowed to ask serious and controversial questions in a whisper.
NORM COLEMAN: No money was ever funneled to my family. My wife has a job. She does a job. And there's nothing that was illegally funneled to her. But you had two Star Tribune reporters appearing in a DFL ad on a story that came out four days -
WCCO-TV NEWS ANCHOR ESME MURPHY: But not of their own volition!
COLEMAN: Not of their own volition but they -
MURPHY: Because I was there, I mean when that was taped -
COLEMAN: But they put themselves in that ad. They put themselves. And so four days -
MURPHY: No, they didn't.
COLEMAN: Esme, the cameras were there. They could have asked those questions quietly. They could have had a different conversation.
MURPHY: But they had no control over the cameras.
COLEMAN: But they knew the cameras were there. They could have gone back and had a quiet conversation if that was the purpose. My point being they appeared in a Democratic Party ad four days before an election on something that never happened.
And so in the end, I welcome -- let's take a full look at this. But, I can't, you can't recreate that. You can't take that back. And so in the end it's the nature of this business.
But no -- you know, my wife never got any money that she didn't earn. There was no money funneled to her. You had two guys involved in a lawsuit. And perhaps using that relationship, my relationship with that person to maybe squeeze more money out of him.
But that could have been a quiet story. It could have been a story that came out the day after the election. Instead you had two reporters in front of cameras confront a candidate on something they could have had a quiet conversation about if that was the purpose.
So, be that as it may. No question: Nothing ever happened there. And it's unfortunate that those last-minute, eleventh-hour charges can have an impact on the race. I'm not lamenting anything. ...
Those other issues will be dealt with. But emphatically, there's nothing to that. And it's a shame that those kind of charges can be thrown out. No one - There's not a single allegation that my wife or I actually received any money. Not one. Not one. And no facts to back that up.