Why Won't Peter Kinder Talk to the Riverfront Times?

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Hey, Pete! How 'bout an interview with the RFT?
Lt. Governor Peter Kinder made the media rounds yesterday, talking to the Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Beacon, KMOX and 97.1 FM Talk.

The purpose of all those interviews was to address allegations first revealed this month in the Riverfront Times concerning Kinder's curious relationship with a former exotic dancer and Penthouse Pet, Tammy Chapman. Funny, though, how Kinder has avoided the Riverfront Times' long-standing request to talk to him on the matter.

Even so, Kinder did his best in interviews yesterday to smear the RFT every chance he could, telling KMOX, 97.1 FM and the St. Louis Beacon that John Ross, a former Democratic candidate for Congress and friend of Chapman's, supplied us with the photo that launched the scandal. That's news to us. Even more astonishing is that Kinder claims Ross is an employee of Riverfront Times -- a fib that the RFT, John Ross and even KMOX says is complete and utter hogwash.

And while Kinder claims in interviews that Chapman can't get her facts straight, it seems the lieutenant governor is having trouble maintaining his own spin.

The Post-Dispatch story says Kinder had no idea how Riverfront Times obtained the picture of him and Chapman. But by Wednesday afternoon, when other media got a chance to interview him, Kinder had come up with his bogus theory connecting Ross as a "writer and contributing editor" for the Riverfront Times.

Another pearl from the Post-Dispatch interview is how Kinder claims he stopped attending strip club after realizing it conflicted with him being a Christian. (We'll pause a moment for you to clean the vomit off your computer screen.)
 

So, how about it Pete? Give Riverfront Times a call at 314-754-5966 and let's clear up all the confusion. Or would that not be in your best interest? 

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Ad hominem attacks on Chad don't change what Kinder did, but whatever keeps the blinders on...

john
john

Instead of trying to get peter the dick to comment to you, go get a comment from his black boyfriend.  he's right here in st. louis.

Mike N.
Mike N.

Hmmm, did Dana Loesch direct her minions to come over here from stltoday?

me
me

My guess would be that while your paper/website is fun and at times useful, its not really considered a genuine journalistic outlet. Part of this comes from the cherry picking of news stories (you really only cover about 3% of actual news). I understand you only have so much space and entertainment "news" is the primary reason for the paper. Some of it could also spawn from the incredible lean to the left your entire organization, V V on down has. And lastly alot probably has to do with how the photo of these 2 (taken on the former stripper/possible prostitute's phone) ended up in the hands of your staff. I mean come on why isn't that being addressed now that you guy have spent a weeks worth of man hours on this "scandal".

Food for thought, the only people outraged by a never married politician chasing whores when he was younger, are the same people who fight for the right to chase whores and do other such things in the first place.

KITTY
KITTY

Chad Garrison is so thrilled he got to write the 77th story on Kinder in the past two weeks he actually got an erection.

Russ Weiss
Russ Weiss

Wow, according to Michelle Moore at Big Government, you're not a journalist.  What a surprise!

Wait, you say you went to Miami University and Missouri School of Journalism?  You've written for the St. Louis Business Journal?  Sorry, my bad.

Never mind that Breitbart's bombastic lapdog Dana Loesch writes for Big Journalism and ISN'T a journalist.  Unless you consider her Pop Mama musings about Britney Spears journalism.  It's all in the title (Editor-in-Chief), I guess.  Sort of like "I'm not a journalist but I play one on CNN."

ImAManIm40
ImAManIm40

The RFT is a goddamn joke. 

Mike N.
Mike N.

Yeah, truth-telling is definately the bane of conservatives.

Mike N.
Mike N.

Funny how the christian right has suddenly become big supporters of strip clubs and general debauchery.

MovinOnDown
MovinOnDown

"Conflicted" with his christian values!?!  I wiped my screen off as you suggested Chad but I still can't get the taste out of my mouth!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Are3sons: Because the one publicly known strip club that Kinder frequented is in Illinois, not Missouri. The MO State Gov's done a smashing job of shutting these places down.

PFC2s Mom: The big deal is that Kinder and his ilk trumpet their high standards of "family values", use it as a campaign bullet point and then try to force strippers into a rousing round of throatf**king when they think that no one's looking. If you don't see the problem with this, then will you adopt me?

PFC2s Mom
PFC2s Mom

Seriously?  He was a single man, and if he had a previous relationship with bar slut, what's the big deal?  Since when did a magazine who advertises for strip clubs, gay clubs, and alternative lifestyles all of a sudden gone all wonky on what a single man does in his off-time?

Chad Garrison
Chad Garrison

Way to parrot the Dana Loesch talking points. To answer your question, I think most people would consider it news when a politician preaching family values and Christian morals is found to be be a frequent customer of a strip club and allegedly borderline assaulted an exotic dancer. Keep in mind, too, that this didn't happen when Kinder was a young man. He was a 40-year-old state senator. The fact that we advertise for strip clubs doesn't negate the news. It also irks us when a politician makes up stories about us as part of his damage control.

Are3sons
Are3sons

Whats the big deal here? Is this woman a bad person to be associated with? If these places are so bad where he went then why are they operating and why isn't the Governor trying to shut them down ? Is this worse or less any different than Jay Nixon parading around town with 2 time murderer & drug trafficker Don King by his side..Why is this being brought up now about Kinder..It's obvious Jay Nixon is trying to smear a potential contender

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