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Tue Jun 21, 2016, 07:19 PM Jun 2016

Nevada Reporter Who Falsely Claimed Sanders Supporters Threw Chairs Just Got What He Deserves [View all]

A veteran political reporter who spread a viral lie demeaning Bernie Sanders delegates at the Nevada convention is now looking for a new job.

Jon Ralston, who has been called “The biggest fish in Nevada” by Politico, has been let go by PBS after the network cancelled his show “Ralston Live” on Tuesday.

Ralston became nationally reviled after the Nevada Democratic Convention, in which he famously propagated the oft-repeated lie that Bernie Sanders’ delegates threw chairs in a fit of rage after state party chair Roberta Lange disqualified a large number of delegates from participating and refused to hear their appeals.

While Ralston’s insistence of Sanders supporters throwing chairs was secondhand, as he left the convention early, the claim was still taken at face-value due to his status as a respected journalist in Nevada. Despite the lack of verifiable evidence, national news media ran with Ralston’s claims and printed numerous stories falsely claiming that Sanders supporters threw chairs, including trusted outlets like the Associated Press, the New York Times, and CBS.




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funny he would throw away all his credibility for that rurallib Jun 2016 #1
Ralston's credibility is intact. lapucelle Jun 2016 #71
What does Adelson have to do with this? Craig234 Jun 2016 #74
Adelson has far more power in Nevada than Sanders and his supporters Gothmog Jun 2016 #79
OK Craig234 Jun 2016 #81
This is actually an example of a very good investigative political journalist lapucelle Jun 2016 #86
About PBS Craig234 Jun 2016 #103
way too far right for my taste anymore. eom LittleGirl Jun 2016 #119
Bush and CIA cronies furious over PBS October Surprise coverage. Octafish Jun 2016 #120
Thanks for the mention Craig234 Jun 2016 #126
Bush pardoned those Walsh indicted. Octafish Jun 2016 #153
His "journalism" leaves something to be desired. This was similar to what Fox News rhett o rick Jun 2016 #112
Is this thread being hijacked? OwlinAZ Jun 2016 #113
Nope lapucelle Jun 2016 #84
Reid is retiring--he's not nervous. But Ralston is a good reporter. nt MADem Jun 2016 #98
I hate these required summaries Craig234 Jun 2016 #102
If you think he's in the tank for HRC, he's not. MADem Jun 2016 #105
I don't know him Craig234 Jun 2016 #125
The harm was done, regardless of specifics. It was not a finest hour. MADem Jun 2016 #152
no rehash needed, but Craig234 Jun 2016 #160
I do not agree with the "massive misrepresentation" categorization, but again, MADem Jun 2016 #163
"What's done is done." greiner3 Jun 2016 #172
Please just stop. MADem Jun 2016 #173
Well Craig234 Jun 2016 #174
He lied about the chair throwing choie Jun 2016 #116
Nope, Ralston lied. kiva Jun 2016 #101
Yes, we do know better passiveporcupine Jun 2016 #108
Bye Liar billhicks76 Jun 2016 #121
When you piss off the two Mega donors for Wellstone ruled Jun 2016 #203
Yeah too bad right? He can join the Liars Club now. Rex Jun 2016 #124
The best of Karma. 840high Jun 2016 #2
Post removed Post removed Jun 2016 #3
Sure, anyone can get one wrong. ciaobaby Jun 2016 #8
He mocked the critics of his chair-throwing story. NT Eric J in MN Jun 2016 #128
He doubled- and tripled-down on it, too. arcane1 Jun 2016 #11
Just another Jonathan Capehart. Lie and no retraction. floriduck Jun 2016 #13
yep yep 840high Jun 2016 #40
So darn true. sangfroid Jun 2016 #147
Yup.. disillusioned73 Jun 2016 #158
He came to my mind as well when I read doubled and tripled down. merrily Jun 2016 #181
It is not "just a detail". That untruth was seized upon and Bernie was pretty much beaten with it djean111 Jun 2016 #12
Which I never understood, I mean why hold a candidate at fault for something that cstanleytech Jun 2016 #39
I'm sorry, are you new here?? klook Jun 2016 #56
He was not entirely wrong - At least, one person did raise a chair threateningly - OhZone Jun 2016 #4
Actually, dropping a chair would require letting go. The person put it down with his hands. floriduck Jun 2016 #14
He didn't voluntarily put it down. The people around him intervened. n/t pnwmom Jun 2016 #26
They persuaded him to put it down and then they hugged each other, that's miles away from Uncle Joe Jun 2016 #35
They physically intervened. n/t pnwmom Jun 2016 #36
They persuaded him, they didn't tackle him and this still didn't equate to how the event was Uncle Joe Jun 2016 #37
Did they? Do you have... reACTIONary Jun 2016 #43
The video is posted above. nt OhZone Jun 2016 #45
Thanks! reACTIONary Jun 2016 #54
Yes there is video arikara Jun 2016 #46
Thanks! reACTIONary Jun 2016 #53
You can see 3 people grabbing the chair from the guy in the video. That's why someone got hit TeamPooka Jun 2016 #51
You can see one person put his hand on the man's arm and another person take the chair away Uncle Joe Jun 2016 #107
That's not what I saw. He released it mid air and it fell on someone. OhZone Jun 2016 #191
I watched it multiple times and he never let go of the chair until it was down. Why is it so floriduck Jun 2016 #192
Because people want to smear the journalist as a liar, and he was not 100% lying. OhZone Jun 2016 #193
"may have"? padfun Jun 2016 #15
Look closely at the video - he dropped it on someone and hurt them. nt OhZone Jun 2016 #44
you really try so hard don't you. Javaman Jun 2016 #55
and all the chandeliers quaked with fear. Javaman Jun 2016 #52
I've seen a picture of the guy . ... reACTIONary Jun 2016 #61
And yet Craig234 Jun 2016 #76
As far as excuses go.... reACTIONary Jun 2016 #150
you know you can just talk to me instead of using me as your tool. Javaman Jun 2016 #154
I did.... reACTIONary Jun 2016 #179
yes, the hoisting of a chair sooooo shameful. Javaman Jun 2016 #198
Yes it is. Obviously. Nt reACTIONary Jun 2016 #204
my god, you are still obsessed by this? Javaman Jun 2016 #205
Answering a reply to a post is not obsesive.... reACTIONary Jun 2016 #206
Well Craig234 Jun 2016 #159
+1000 nt Javaman Jun 2016 #164
Just ask yourself...if someone raised a chair at you, would you be so flippant? BlueCaliDem Jun 2016 #78
LOL Javaman Jun 2016 #138
Easy for you to "lol" sitting safely behind your desk. But had you stood in that atmosphere of BlueCaliDem Jun 2016 #142
LOL Javaman Jun 2016 #144
You "lol" a lot, Java. Maybe you should lay off the java. BlueCaliDem Jun 2016 #145
I will continue to LOL Javaman Jun 2016 #146
You continue to "lol" because you know you're wrong, basing your responses BlueCaliDem Jun 2016 #148
LOLOL Javaman Jun 2016 #151
This is a personal attack on another poster. We have moved beyond that. DisgustipatedinCA Jun 2016 #176
Nope. It's not. Nope. I won't. But yes, I've moved on. BlueCaliDem Jun 2016 #195
Just ask yourself, if someone picked up a hughee99 Jun 2016 #183
The intent was clearly there. It was a volatile event. Thank god cooler heads prevailed and coaxed BlueCaliDem Jun 2016 #196
The report wasn't that someone standing near the chair guy feared for their safety, hughee99 Jun 2016 #202
Ralstons tweet said punches and thrown chairs passiveporcupine Jun 2016 #115
"Threw" - maybe not AlbertCat Jun 2016 #156
And yet Jonathan Capehart still has his job. Dr. Strange Jun 2016 #5
And is a regular on Hairball. This primary season has been unreal. eom jillan Jun 2016 #117
This is a sad reminder of all the lies directed at Sanders and his supporters. ciaobaby Jun 2016 #6
Also the lies and outrage stemming from Capehart's and Joy Read's false statements of Bernie's Akamai Jun 2016 #16
Reid and Capehart were shameless. They weren't the only MSNBC pundits who lost credibility. OwlinAZ Jun 2016 #114
As they say there is a special place in &ell for a man like that but.... peace13 Jun 2016 #182
Yes, flinging chairs up and setting them down again, implored by bystanders. Starry Messenger Jun 2016 #7
We are back to multiple chairs again? arcane1 Jun 2016 #10
Fling: bunnies Jun 2016 #38
Nothing being flung around except bullshit . Then and now Person 2713 Jun 2016 #99
I'm sure the apologies will be coming any minute now. bunnies Jun 2016 #132
Lies have consequences? Well who knew? Rex Jun 2016 #9
Actually, his coverage of Sharon Angle in Nevada was pretty spot on DonRedwood Jun 2016 #93
Good, karma bit his ass! nt Raine Jun 2016 #17
He's just the first of the 2016 liars to go down. Bluenorthwest Jun 2016 #18
His lies were such a staple in certain circles... Raster Jun 2016 #31
Don't count on RoccoR5955 Jun 2016 #169
This is that "fair shake" from the media everyone talks about, right? phazed0 Jun 2016 #19
I support the decison to fire him. tabasco Jun 2016 #20
I agree with you LiberalEsto Jun 2016 #139
Post removed Post removed Jun 2016 #21
"I don't care how many chairs". The answer is zero chairs thrown. Snarkoleptic Jun 2016 #25
Depending on the angle of the viewer, it could look pnwmom Jun 2016 #22
Really? Depending on the angle someone might have thought something might have rhett o rick Jun 2016 #32
His "friends" stopped him because they recognized he shouldn't have pnwmom Jun 2016 #34
He waved a chair around above his head among his friends. He was threatening no one. rhett o rick Jun 2016 #48
No intelligent person could think it was okay to wave a chair in the air in the middle of pnwmom Jun 2016 #60
Goalpost moved, duly noted. Snarkoleptic Jun 2016 #73
OMG, lol, that was funny... closeupready Jun 2016 #177
Thanks! Snarkoleptic Jun 2016 #194
This thread is about a reporter that lied to gain favor with the Corp-Media. This is an old Fox rhett o rick Jun 2016 #82
Based on the video, it doesn't look like a lie to me. It looks like an understandable pnwmom Jun 2016 #85
He made the mistake of thinking he saw people throwing chairs? And reported on it? rhett o rick Jun 2016 #110
Ralston losing his show is a victory for the corporate media lapucelle Jun 2016 #137
Except that Ralston wasn't even there LiberalEsto Jun 2016 #141
Great - and I will ask again ciaobaby Jun 2016 #184
Ralston did acknowledge his mistake. A month ago. lapucelle Jun 2016 #200
Thanks for the link, however, that comes no where close to an apology. ciaobaby Jun 2016 #201
Just stop it, pnwmom. The lie has been exposed forever. You're just embarrassing yourself. (nt) w4rma Jun 2016 #41
Facts dont matter awoke_in_2003 Jun 2016 #57
Propaganda Craig234 Jun 2016 #83
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+3,576,198 pangaia Jun 2016 #65
She has a right to her opinion. DonRedwood Jun 2016 #95
If Ralston hadn't lied, we wouldn't be having this discussion. kiva Jun 2016 #111
He got fired for lying, probably have to put off getting a new car now etc.. Rex Jun 2016 #123
Ralston lost his show because a right wing billionaire threatened to cut off donations to PBS lapucelle Jun 2016 #135
I'm impressed that you can say the same thing kiva Jun 2016 #157
if the guy didnt pick up the chair and threaten the crowd we wouldnt be having this discussion DonRedwood Jun 2016 #165
Ralsotn was a professional journalist. kiva Jun 2016 #197
I am just glad the guy got fired for lying about it. Rex Jun 2016 #122
he was let go because PBS took a bunch of money from sheldon addles DonRedwood Jun 2016 #167
She's being dishonest Bradical79 Jun 2016 #161
Stop. Please. 840high Jun 2016 #42
What's the problem! SouthernDemLinda Jun 2016 #91
Good. OnyxCollie Jun 2016 #23
+1 AtomicKitten Jun 2016 #127
Hopefully a career ending move. ozone_man Jun 2016 #24
Very unlikely rjsquirrel Jun 2016 #27
Once again money speaks a louder truth than fact. Ford_Prefect Jun 2016 #69
Post removed Post removed Jun 2016 #131
The film footage was all over the internet. I mean we (DUers) knew what happened. So he lied. YOHABLO Jun 2016 #28
Some of us knew, .. pangaia Jun 2016 #66
well wallyworld2 Jun 2016 #29
Just like Brian Williams.. peace13 Jun 2016 #30
The Corp-Media like his style. nm rhett o rick Jun 2016 #33
sorry about the repost tenderfoot Jun 2016 #47
No worries, I gave it a rec :) arcane1 Jun 2016 #50
problem with PBS PatrynXX Jun 2016 #49
Post removed Post removed Jun 2016 #58
+1 baldguy Jun 2016 #59
I think Rachael Maddow confronted him on this and he stuck to the lie. Spitfire of ATJ Jun 2016 #62
The Rachel Maddow Show promoted the chair-throwing Eric J in MN Jun 2016 #129
Ralston criticized local Republicans so he was a former guest on her show. Spitfire of ATJ Jun 2016 #130
Glad to hear the truth... late, yet at least a few of us heard about it. Equinox Moon Jun 2016 #64
Post hoc ergo propter hoc lapucelle Jun 2016 #67
Post removed Post removed Jun 2016 #70
On losing his show, Ralston referenced lapucelle Jun 2016 #72
Tough. Don't smear Sanders supporters. (nt) w4rma Jun 2016 #75
The only people who think the chair stories were a smear are Sanders supporters. lapucelle Jun 2016 #89
How good a reporter can he be? SouthernDemLinda Jun 2016 #96
I imagine that's the most important thing to far too many people. LanternWaste Jun 2016 #170
OK Craig234 Jun 2016 #80
If his work was that important, he should've avoided telling known lies. arcane1 Jun 2016 #87
Ralston did not tell known lies. lapucelle Jun 2016 #92
Big People! SouthernDemLinda Jun 2016 #100
"he reported what eyewitnesses told him." He reported what some people told him rhett o rick Jun 2016 #171
No, he diesnt Nevernose Jun 2016 #187
Even worse, the anti-circumcision advocates really missed out on that domain name. NuclearDem Jun 2016 #68
HUGE K&R desmiller Jun 2016 #77
Actually PBS there said his show was too costly to continue. tonyt53 Jun 2016 #88
PBS and Ralston issued a joint statement. lapucelle Jun 2016 #90
Could have referenced the influence of false reporting on political primaries too Person 2713 Jun 2016 #106
I'm sure there will be lots of editorial board meetings over this, reforms will happen, apologies... L. Coyote Jun 2016 #94
Good jack_krass Jun 2016 #97
That news made my day. kiva Jun 2016 #104
Good riddance, lying sack of shit. Feeling the Bern Jun 2016 #109
Don't you just love it when a liars pants actually catch on fire. (so to speak?) jillan Jun 2016 #118
Jon Ralston was too obnoxious to belong on PBS even if hadn't spread that lie. Eric J in MN Jun 2016 #133
This is the problem with Else You Are Mad Jun 2016 #134
Regardless, their behavior was still reprehensible... Blue_Tires Jun 2016 #136
Good riddance. Betty Karlson Jun 2016 #140
Those Bernie Supporters in Nevada? Gamecock Lefty Jun 2016 #143
Nice? Sure. sangfroid Jun 2016 #149
Lying is ok if you're lying about rude people? -nt Bradical79 Jun 2016 #162
It's the Nevada Democratic Party which came up with three stage caucuses Eric J in MN Jun 2016 #189
Good, but the damage was done. blackspade Jun 2016 #155
Buh bye. CharlotteVale Jun 2016 #166
I wonder if RoccoR5955 Jun 2016 #168
An ethical person verifies something before they put it out as fact. ladyVet Jun 2016 #175
I'll never forgive Barbara Boxer for smearing Bernie's supporters. closeupready Jun 2016 #178
Could she be voted out for these lies? Pauldg47 Jun 2016 #185
Barbara Boxer can't be voted out because she's not running for re-election. NT Eric J in MN Jun 2016 #190
I think she's retiring, so this would be her last term. closeupready Jun 2016 #199
This man is responsible for slamming the breaks on a Presidential campaign. peace13 Jun 2016 #180
Video shows a chair being held overhead BainsBane Jun 2016 #186
Ralston hates women AND liberals Nevernose Jun 2016 #188
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