Meg Whitman infomercial to air tomorrow

Remember that “town-hall meeting” that Republican gubernatorial primary candidate Meg Whitman held last month Orange County? Y’know, the private, ticket-holders-only event at which she’d asked the audience off-camera for “lots of cheering,” and some of the pre-screened questioners were made to re-ask their questions so she could have another go at answering them? Yeah, that one.

Well, now you can see the fruit of her infomercial labors. The half-hour “Ask Meg” TV Town Hall will air tomorrow, Sunday, April 25 in the Bay Area, from 9 to 9:30 a.m. on KPIX Channel 5 and from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on KICU Channel 36.

Whitman campaign manager Jillian Hasner said in a news release that the ad is “part of Meg Whitman’s goal to make sure all Californians can learn about her plan for fixing the state’s problems before they go to the polls. Meg believes all of the candidates for Governor should talk about their specific plans so voters can make the most informed decision on Election Day about who will be best to lead our state.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Anthony Thompson

    Your reporting is false. The event didn’t have “pre-screened” questioners. I would know since I was a questioner. Also the reason questions were reasked were because the camera didn’t have a good angle on some questioners, especially the ones in the top. The claim that the event was staged is false. For those that want to know MEg’s real policy plans go to http://www.megsplan.com

  • Dana Christian

    Thank you Mr. Thompson for setting the record straight. I’m tired of the media, both legitimate and underground, sniping at Whitman. Her plan stands well on its own two legs. Can you see Jerry The Monk Brown having the ability to come up with such a plan, let along implement it? I remember the years of langour under Brown, along with the crazy CA Chief of the CA Supreme Court, Rose. Hippy city reigned. We’re far past that and need some common sense and business smarts. The media can’t argue against Meg’s business success, so they have to nitpick everything else.

  • Josh Richman

    I have no problem with a candidate handpicking a crowd; ejecting ticketholders who turn out to be unfriendly to the campaign; shooting do-overs; and so on – just don’t call it a town hall when it airs. A town hall is supposed to be a forum where anyone gets to ask whatever they want.

    But as the candidate herself told KPIX Channel 5 last month: “Whitman also said that a closed town hall-style event in Orange County this week was intended as a shoot for an upcoming television commercial and was not supposed to be an open forum.”

    This report – perhaps the most detailed I’ve seen – implies that campaign staffers chose from the larger pool of attendees to determine who would actually be in the smaller room for the taping. But thought I’d seen a few media reports that said campaign staffers had selected audience members in advance to ask questions, this says the crowd “was not given any help in formulating questions,” which gibes with what you’re saying, Mr. Thompson.

  • Sara and Meg – WHO ??!

    Come on –

    This gal has thumbed blatantly thumbed her nose at the fundamental democratic process on at least two occassions – – – for years not even exercising a basic responsibility to VOTE and most recently be denying electorate the opportunity to a public debate – WOW !

    And this same rocket scientist is going to save the state from its economic woes by using the finely honed business management techniques she mastered while at eBay – – – BUT THE woman is OUTSPENDING any gubernatorial race by H U G E margins !!!!!

    Having created these obvious conflicts in argument, I can now only conclude that the women also holds electorate in complete disdain. To continue forward with her claims of newly discovered democratic respect and fiscal responsibility flies in the face of any rational thought or reasoning.