Just what are the motivating factors behind Mike McCarville, author of the McCarville Report, and why is he attacking the Sooner Tea Party? The McCarville Report is an online blog that reports on Oklahoma politics, a blog that used to have a reputation for balance and honest reporting. McCarville is elderly and sickly which usually puts a person in a position where they are less concerned for how people view them (the word curmudgeon comes to mind) and more likely to speak their mind yet McCarville is said have slithered under a rock when it comes to his blog reports on the conservative/liberal battles at the capitol.
McCarville showed up decades ago with a newsletter called the McCarville-Hill Report that covered politics in Oklahoma. The newsletter was successful for many years until McCarville took a job with KTOK, leaving his long time friend and partner Neva Hill to run the newsletter. McCarville continued to feed Neva Hill information but the Hill newsletter fizzled out a few years later, which cleared the way for McCarville to start the McCarville Report online after the internet came into being. The reporting on the McCarville report was considered fair and balanced until November of 2010 when fewer and fewer conservative stories were printed.
What happened? What changed that would cause an elderly, sickly, somewhat conservative blogger to suddenly change his political views?
May 13th McCarville Report with State Chamber of Commerce
”We’re Watching Them” banner ad
Political manipulators forget that we have the wayback archive, an online organization that trolls the internet archiving websites to preserve the info. Using the wayback archive we find that Mike McCarville began accepting advertising from the State Chamber of Commerce in 2010 and right about the time the controversial Bartlesville Republican House Caucus met, the State Chamber ad went to the top of the page bumping down another advertiser that had been present much longer. Sources within the State Chamber tell us that they paid a hefty price to gain that top spot. Coincidently or not, Speaker Steele took his new position around the same time and who is Speaker Steele’s political consultant? The same Neva Hill that has been associated with Mike McCarville for decades.
Current Kris Steele political consultant, former Mike McCarville partner
and current Mike McCarville friend Niva Hill
Around the same time that McCarville turned on his conservative views, Speaker Steele became outspoken against “social issues” which has become a description for issues like traditional marriage, abortion, illegal immigration, guns, and other constitutional rights issues. Suddenly McCarville began repeating the same poll over and over again where it was asked “which is more important, the economy and jobs or social issues?” The same worn out poll would be posted every time a significant conservative issue surfaced at the Capitol, and exactly who originated this poll?
Capitol sources claim that it was none other than CMA Strategies, the RINO consulting firm responsible for the Oklahoma MAPS III campaign, the same firm that grew out of the old CHS consulting firm which RINO Congressman Tom Cole founded. After Cole was elected to Congress, CHS turned into CMA. And who presented the latest “polling” results at last week’s Republican caucus meeting? CMA Strategies of course, because they are the State Chamber of Commerce’s political consulting firm.
The influx of new money led McCarville to become less passionate on conservative issues with the exception of 2nd Amendment rights and suddenly press releases and stories from long time conservative allies were rarely being posted on the McCarville Report. A source inside the State Chamber of Commerce reported that McCarville was chastised late in 2010 for posting conservative articles, allegedly being told “those stories attacking Kris Steele should not be viewed as legitimate.”
But the money was rolling in for Mike McCarville with the new ” We Are Watching Them” campaign ran by the State Chamber of Commerce so it was said that McCarville took the admonishment in stride. It is sad to see a longtime conservative activist like McCarville knuckling under the pressure from the State Chamber but I suppose he needs money for his medical bills. McCarville continues to be conservative on Federal issues but he has literally sold his soul to the State Chamber on State and local issues.
So it was no surprise when Mike McCarville defended the Speaker Steele regime with his article that attempted to stir up a fight between OCPAC, The Sooner Tea Party, and The Oklahoma Constitution newspaper. The issue was raised at last week’s OCPAC meeting by asking the question “Does anyone know of any infighting between the Sooner Tea Party and OCPAC?” which was met with silence from the audience, not a single person thought that there was a split between conservatives on the major issues. Steve Byas was quoted in a subsequent McCarville report as saying that they could take the Conservative Index vote back into their own hands should the need arise. Several sources claim that only part of Byas’s response was posted by McCarville but I’ve yet to be able to confirm that.
Even more interesting was watching McCarville bumping the Sooner Tea Party attack article up the list for the better part of a week. I wonder what that cost the State Chamber? Or was it just good customer relations from McCarville’s perspective? Either way, the self described “gold standard” blog has proven that it can be bought for the right amount of gold.
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