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by Phil Williams Chief Investigative Reporter
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- NewsChannel 5 Investigates has uncovered ties between some controversial, anti-government videos and a candidate for Congress.
David Hall, the Republican nominee to face Congressman Jim Cooper, insists he had nothing to do with videos that suggest some federal agents may be responsible for the deaths of innocent Americans, but he won't repudiate them either.
It's the latest round of questions to emerge about Hall's background since the political unknown defeated two better-known competitors for his party's nomination.
"David Hall is a small businessman from Goodlettsville, married, has five children, just a local citizen that believes our country is heading the wrong way and wants to make a difference," Hall told NewsChannel 5 Investigates.
The congressional candidate often talks about just one aspect of his career, but the Goodlettsville, Tenn., builder rarely discusses his prior job.
For years, Hall was station manager for KPOC-TV, a low-power station in rural Ponca City, Okla. He described his role, "It was running the station, was basically what it involved."
At the time, the station was producing controversial documentaries that developed a following among anti-government Patriot groups and the American Patriot Friends Network websites.
"My father owned the TV station," Hall said. "That was a project that he set forth and did on his own. I had no involvement in that whatsoever."
Here's what happened when NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked Hall about that video:
NC5: "Do you believe the U.S. government killed the Branch Davidians?" Hall: "There, again, I don't have enough information to gauge on that. I really don't know." NC5: "You're a politically aware man." Hall: "Sure." NC5: "Do you believe the U.S. government intentionally killed the Branch Davidians?" Hall: "I don't think the U.S. government intentionally killed the Branch Davidians, nor do I think George Bush was responsible for 9/11. I think that those are extreme statements by extreme people. I do not fall in line with those people."
Still, Hall claimed to know nothing about any such videos:
Hall: "I haven't thought that it was something that I needed to dig into to find out." NC5: "But if you are the station manager, shouldn't you know what kind of videos your station is putting out?" Hall: "There again, I didn't have a whole lot of say in that. I was the station manager. I was not the station owner."
We asked, "Do you approve of your father's interest in these sort of conspiracy theories?"
"I approve of my father," Hall answered. "Now, do I agree with every view that he has? No. You probably don't agree with every view your father has. But if you are asking me to bash my father, I will not do that."
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