Alaska’s KTVA is defending its reporters caught in a conspiracy to smear Joe Miller with scandalous news stories. Their defense? ‘While the recording is real, the allegations are untrue.’ It seems that yes, the reporters were discussing ways to smear the Republican candidate for Senate, but they were just discussing ‘what-if’ scenarios. You can hear the recorded conversation in the video below.

This media scandal broke when a cell phone wasn’t properly hung-up after a phone call and recorded the conversation of a group of reporters. Don’t you just hate when that happens?

You can hear the recording in question in the video above. The voices are thought to be those of KTVA news director Staci Feger and assignment editor Nick McDermott. They appear to be discussing creating a story about Joe Miller and distributing it, like say through Twitter and Facebook. Oh, and wouldn’t it be fun to say Miller got punched at the rally the two ‘reporters’ were planning on covering. You know, like what happened to Rand Paul in Kentucky.

But, KTVA says the audio doesn’t reflect their intentions. They were just discussing ‘what-if’ scenarios. Yeah. That makes a ton of sense. One has to wonder how much of this goes on considering that Joe Miller has had to spend an inordinate amount of his time combating bad press. And consider the press smears Christine O’Donnell has had to deal with. Conspiracy or biased reporting? You be the judge.

Here’s what other people are saying about the Alaska reporters who have possibly been caught in a conspiracy to smear US Senate candidate Joe Miller.

Wake Up America – Anchorage CBS Affiliate Conspiring to Influence Election? UPDATE KTVA: Admits to Call, Denies Interpretation

Big Journalism – Anchorage CBS Affiliate Caught on Voicemail Conspiring Against Alaska’s GOP Senate Candidate

Doug Ross – Confirming What We Already Knew: Legacy Media Openly Collaborating with Democratic Statists to Sabotage Republican Candidates

Left Coast Rebel – Uh Oh: CBS reporter from KTVA, Nick McDermott and other local media, leave Joe Miller voice mail about how they are plotting to smear him

Hot Air – Miller campaign claims KTVA reporters caught on tape discussing smear; Update: Palin calls Alaska media “corrupt bastards”

Confederate Yankee – KTVA Reporters Deserve Firing For Attempts to Rig Election

Gina Cobb – Alaska TV Station Caught on Voicemail Plotting to Sabotage GOP Senate Candidate Miller

Dan Riehl – KTVA-CBS 11 Compounds Scandal After Caught Targeting Miller’s Senate Campaign

Protein Wisdom – “Damn iPhone … I thought I hung up.” [Darleen Click]

Legal Insurrection – MoveOn.Org Rand Paul Provocation Inspires Anti-Joe Miller TV Station in Alaska

Gateway Pundit – Sarah Palin: We Have Tape of Those “Corrupt Bastards” In Media Conspiring Against Joe Miller (Video)

Scared Monkeys – Sarah Palin on Fox News Sunday: We Have Tape of Those “Corrupt Bastards” (CBS affiliate KTVA) In Media Conspiring Against Alaska US Senate Republican Joe Miller

Weasel Zippers
– Palin Calls Alaska CBS/Media ‘Corrupt Bastards’ For Conspiring Against Joe Miller…

In the video below, CBS affiliate KTVA defends their staff against allegations that they conspired to smear Joe Miller in their ‘caught on tape’ conversation that appears to have them planning scandalous stories to put out about Republican Joe Miller.