The Tuscaloosa News examined the 2010 election and provided this gem, “The rumor made it to columnist and sports talk show host Paul Finebaum, the Matt Drudge of Alabama, who fielded a deluge of calls on his radio show for a couple of days. Finebaum also reported in his column in the Mobile Press-Register that he had talked to two people who purportedly heard the James comments and said the candidate was clearly joking about, among other things, cutting Saban’s salary.”
Did Finebaum cost Tim James the election?
It makes sense.
James gained traction with his xenophobic ads against immigrants and with the support of the liberal teacher’s union.
But, Finebaum tricked James. The campaign committed an amateur gaff—it responded to the talk radio kerfuffle. This arrested the campaign’s momentum. It gave voters pause. It made some doubt the candidate.