Charles Jaco Leaving St. Louis TV Station, did Akin ” Legitimate Rape” Interview
March 1, 2014

Post- Dispatch:
ST. LOUIS • Longtime reporter and weekend show host Charles Jaco is leaving KTVI (Channel 2), according to the station.

“After 11 years of journalistic service to St. Louis, Fox 2 and reporter Charles Jaco have mutually agreed to part ways,” the station’s general manager, Spencer Koch, said in a statement. “We thank Charles for his service and wish him all the best in his future plans and pursuits.”

KTVI’s news director, Audrey Prywitch, emailed the statement to the Post-Dispatch but declined to comment further.

Jaco addressed his departure on Twitter, saying: “From Iraq in ’03 to Todd Akin in ’12, a great time. Thanks, guys! Now working on new book. Stay tuned!”

Jaco, 63, gave no details and could not be reached for comment.

Before joining KTVI in 2003, Jaco worked for KMOX-AM for seven years. He worked at CNN before that, reporting on the Persian Gulf War from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait City. He is a native of Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Jaco has also has hosted a weekend talk show, “The Jaco Report,” which drew national headlines for his August 2012 interview with then-Congressman Todd Akin of Wildwood.

The interview during Akin’s run for the U.S. Senate became controversial when Jaco asked Akin about his opposition to abortion in instances of rape. Akin answered that pregnancies caused by rape were rare, adding “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”


Akin Thinks “Legitimate Rape” Is Stirring Up His Voters
November 3, 2012

Todd Akin speaking at his final Kansas City rally Saturday.

Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin says he now thinks his controversial remarks about “legitimate rape” may be working for him in the final days of the Missouri Senate campaign.

Akin says it has ‘stirred up a whole lot of very regular people who are not usually involved in politics as they are now.”

At his final Kansas City rally of the campaign, called ‘Show-Me Courage’, several speakers brought up the August 19 remark where Akin claimed women could biologically prevent becoming pregnant from “a legitimate rape”.

The controversy nearly collapsed his campaign in the days afterward.

The comment was made during a taping of a current affairs talk show with St. Louis reporter Charles Jaco. It comment came deep into an interview at a TV studio.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said someone stuck a microphone in to Akin’s mouth.

Perkins condemned the National GOP leaders who tried to force Akin from the race.

“I know what the establishment does to solid conservatives who will not sell their principles for a party. They will abandon them in a heartbeat.”

Conservative columnist Star Parker told the audience of 80-to-100, Akin “ was caught off guard and misspoke”.

“And I think there is a contrast,” said Akin, “between six seconds and six years of a voting record. And that’s the context it is being used in.”

Akin adds, he thinks he is getting powerful support from his surrogate speakers. He says “you’re going to see that in the voting patterns, I guarantee you.”

The latest poll, from last weekend, showed Akin trailing incumbent Claire McCaskill by two points. Some campaign insiders think the margin is slightly larger than that.

Akin says he doesn’t believe the polling, yet he has used that survey in fundraising appeals all week long.

Akin’s campaign says the Saturday Kansas City Stop will be his last of the long campaign.

Democrat Claire McCaskill is expected to make a final Kansas City appearance either Monday or Election Day.

Jaco Says He “F*#^ked Up”, Did Not Follow Up Akin Rape Remark
August 24, 2012

Reporter Charles Jaco (right) interviewing GOP Senate candidiate Todd Akin

The Columbia journalism Review has this profile on KTVI’s Charles Jaco, who did the interview that has touched off the Todd Akin firestorm:
As transitions go, it was pretty jagged, a classic of the “moving right along” category. Answering a question about abortion in the case of rape, Todd Akin, the 65-year Missouri congressman and current candidate for the US Senate, says:
First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it is a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that doesn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment. But the punishment ought to be on the rapist, and not attacking the child.
His interviewer, Charles Jaco, replies:
Let’s go to the economy, and obviously with Paul Ryan as the number two man on the ticket…..
Hmm. Really? Jaco wishes he had followed up, perhaps with something like, ‘Uh, doctors told you that?’ But he didn’t. Nor did he request a definition of “legitimate.”
And he’s not beating himself up too badly about it. “I fucked up,” Jaco says. “I wasn’t present in the moment.” Still, for the overall interview—all 18 minutes of it—he gives himself a B+ or, in Olympic terms, an 8.5. And he’s moving on.
“This is not my first time to the circus,” Jaco points out. He worked for CNN and NBC Network Radio after graduating from, yes, Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, in 1976. He has worked as reporter and writer for KTVI Fox 2 in St. Louis for a number of years, and hosts the thirty-minute Jaco Report there every Saturday. His bio on the Fox 2 website lists three Peabody and two Edward R. Murrow awards, as well as others, and he’s written a couple of news-related books, Guide to the Gulf War and Guide to the Politics of Oil, as well as a couple of beach-book-style novels (Dead Air and Live Shot).
What was he thinking when Representative Akin said what he said?
“That I was 14 minutes in—the producer had just whispered that I had three and a half minutes left—and I hadn’t yet got to the economy.” Jaco notes that his colleagues missed it too. And, he believes, so did Akin’s opponent, Senator Claire McCaskill, at least at first. Jaco says he spoke to her after the Akin interview and she didn’t mention the rape stuff.

Akin in a Firestorm Over Rape Remarks
August 20, 2012

US Senate candidate Todd Akin on Sunday’s Jaco Report on KTVI St. Louis

Missouri US Senate candidate Todd Akin is in the midst of a political firestorm after saying Sunday in an interview, women rarely get pregnant from rape.
“It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Akin made the remarks in an interview with Charles Jaco on St. Louis TV station KTVI.
Within hours, he tried to clarify his remarks.
“ In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it’s clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year.”
The gaffe prompted the Presidential campaign for Republican Mitt Romney to distance himself from Akin. The Romney campaign released a statement saying it would not oppose abortion in cases of rape, according to the Associated Press.
Akin’s rival for the Missouri US Senate seat,Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill blasted the St. Louis Republican
“It is beyond comprehension that someone can be so ignorant about the emotional and physical trauma brought on by rape,” said McCaskill in a statement. “The ideas that Todd Akin has expressed about the serious crime of rape and the impact on its victims are offensive.”
The entire KTVI interview is here.

McCaskill’s campaign also pointed out in 20122, Akin sponsored an amendment to a bill restricting government funds for abortion that called for a qualifier, “forcible rape”.
The campaign pointed to a news article in the Washington Post reported that the bill’s critics believed “the modifier could distinguish it from other kinds of sexual assault that are typically recognized as rape, including statutory rape and attacks that occur because of drugs or verbal threats.”
Akin’s campaign has been on the defensive since shortly after he won the GOP Senate nomination in early August.
He’s been explaining how his comparison of government students loans is not “stage thee socialism”, as he stated at a debate, but it is an example of the spread of federal control.
Friday Akin was in the headlines from opposing federal support of the school lunch program for children from low-income families.