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: