A lot of positive reaction to my stories about Robert Bentley and Ron Sparks. It’s unprecedented that candidates would allow the news media to wire them up with a microphone for hour after hour and let us shoot video behind the scenes of the campaign.
What surprised me most during the hours we spent on the road with them? I was most surprised that Bentley allowed me to do it at all. If you believe the polls, he’s considerably ahead and candidates who are ahead usually do everything they can to minimize risk. That means managing the media and reducing access. I hope that means he will be as transparent if he’s elected Governor. Same for Sparks. Neither candidate hesitated to let me follow them and go behind the scenes while they wore out microphones.
One risk that Bentley does need to minimize, however, is not wearing his seatbelt. I was behind him in the back seat and never noticed it. An alert viewer who watched the story pointed it out to me. I watched the story over again on our web site, and indeed, it does look like the seat belt was hanging from the door frame and not stretched across his chest.
To see the stories on Dr. Bentley and commissioner Sparks go to myfoxal.com… look for the “VIDEO” icon in the middle of the page and just to the right of it click where it says “Video On-Demand.” The Sparks and Bentley stories are both in that section under Web Extra Videos.
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