Here we go AGAIN!

Yet again, we see the Kasich Administration demanding unprecedented restrictions on the press, but this time it isn’t the inauguration and its associated parties.  This time it’s Kasich’s unveiling of the State budget tomorrow at 1 p.m.

[UPDATE:] It gets better.  This week just happens to be Sunshine Week!

Just about every Ohio media outlet under the sun is reporting that the Kasich Administration is barring the media from taking any pictures or shooting any video from tomorrow’s budget event:

Spokeswoman Connie Wehrkamp says journalists can bring only pens, notepads and tape recorders to the afternoon briefing, where Kasich is to announce the first details of his state spending blueprint for the next two years. She says videos and photos will be prohibited and the audio may not be used for anything but checking accuracy.

Members of the Statehouse press corps registered complaints with the governor’s office on the matter. They noted a lack of precedent for such limits on their ability to cover a governor’s budget release. An invitation-only town hall meeting later Tuesday will be broadcast on government television.

(Source: Associated Press)

Kasich has approached the television stations in the State to ask them to broadcast live his budget town hall meeting tomorrow night, but he’s asking that the media cannot even bring a laptop computer in to write their stories during tomorrow’s earlier press conference.

I can’t help but wonder if the Administration is targeting Marc Kovac, who runs Capital Blog and works for Dix Newspapers.  Marc’s dedication has open up a treasure trove of raw reporting footage that we and others routinely use that have caught Kasich in some rather apparently bad flubs.

Kasich’s office wants to manage every thing as if we live in the world where “state television” is a euphemism for the lying propaganda arm we saw in places like Iraq and Egypt.

It’s odd that in a society in which government increasing does video surveillance every place its citizens goes, we’re seeing government tell the press there are limits on how the press can do surveillance on the government.

If I have to tolerate video cameras at my intersections, John Kasich can tolerate a video camera at his press events, even if that camera is be held by the shaky hand of Marc Kovac.  Maybe if John Kasich spent more time thinking about what he’s going to say before saying it, his Administration wouldn’t have to be so preoccupied with prevent people from accurately recording and memorializing it.

Kasich’s press events are almost taking on as many disclaimers as Happy Fun Ball:

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  • Anonymous

    What happened to his promises of unprecedented transparency? Don’t tell me he wasn’t being honest?

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t realize the weather’s warmed up enough that we’re back in snark attack season already.

  • Annekarima

    This is getting quite tiredsome. Perhaps Mr. Kasich is taking a lesson from the old order Amish. They do not like their picture taken for fear it “steals” their souls.

  • Annekarima

    This is getting quite tiredsome. Perhaps Mr. Kasich is taking a lesson from the old order Amish. They do not like their picture taken for fear it “steals” their souls.

  • Tpiteo65

    His highn-ass looks more and more like Stalin everyday. Keep the public drunk to pay for everything and not notice how screwed you are and only let the media print what he says to print. What’s next his own KGB?

  • Natasha

    Newsflash – you have to have a soul for someone or something to be able to steal it . GOP slimy-worms checked theirs at the door.

  • And if enough sunshine lands on the reporters notebooks, it will bleach out what was written and Kasich will have his way again!

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  • guest

    Sorry, non-sequitur here: who is winning the caption contest? Inquiring minds etc. LOL!

  • Why does he try not to let the public sector know what is going on?Just what is he hiding?Why is he trying to let private companies do what the state government is responsible for doing?He is not solving problems but in the long run createing them.Who will take over these public jobs? Who will be responsible if the company goes bankrupt? Will these private companies be allowed to have collective bargainning?What standards are they to be held to aqnd who will make sure of it?So many questions but MR.KASICH does not want the press around when he makes annoucements.Really seems like he is tring to hide something and I do not beleave ohioians will benefit from it.But someone will.

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