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Candidate Headed TV Station Known for Conspiracy Videos

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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."

The first video -- "Atrocities at Ruby Ridge" -- examined the FBI's 1992 confrontation with white separatist Randy Weaver. It was narrated by the congressional candidate's sister, Kristina King.
Click here to watch the videos at dailymotion.com.

"The Weavers were now convinced that the federal government had been infiltrated by a vast Satanic conspiracy," King says under a distorted photo of then U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware.

It paints a sympathetic portrait of Weaver's family, while casting the federal agents as the villains. A website for the video calls the standoff a "Gestapo-type siege."

NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked David Hall, "Do you believe that the U.S. government committed murder at Ruby Ridge?"

"I do not know," the candidate answered. "I have never watched that video."

The station's second video -- "The Incident At Waco" -- analyzed the federal government's 1993 standoff with David Koresh, again portraying his Branch Davidian cult as victims who may have been murdered by federal agents.
Click here to watch the videos at dailymotion.com.

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."

Then, after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, Patriot groups frequently quoted Hall's station to support the notion that the U.S. government had advance knowledge -- and did nothing to stop it.

A third video -- "The Bomb in Oklahoma" -- was later released, but NewsChannel 5 has been unable to locate it.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked David Hall, "Do you believe that the U.S. government knew in advance about the bombing?"

"Oh, I have no idea," he answered. "Wanting me to make a guess, I would never make a guess on an atrocity like that."

Our investigation also found references to a talk show hosted by Dan Meador, an anti-tax protester who argued that the IRS itself was a criminal fraud. (For more on Meador's background, read "Conviction Secured for Ponca City Patriot" from the Anti-Defamation League.)
Click here to watch a video of Meador at viddler.com.

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."

While there's no doubt that Hall's father, David Hall Sr., was the driving force behind those efforts, NewsChannel 5 Investigates wanted to know if the now-candidate for Congress approved of such videos from which he may have profited.
Click here to watch a KPOC-TV talk show hosted by David Hall Sr.

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."

As for his own views, Hall has taken a pledge from an anti-immigration group -- Americans for Legal Immigration -- to support possible impeachment of the president.

That earned him the endorsement of the group, which had criticized the Bush administration as being a "dictatorship." Hall said he does not share that belief.

E-mail: pwilliams@newschannel5.com

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