The Plain Dealer finally took an official but less than persuasive step toward explaining why it pulled a video of the gubernatorial candidates’ group meeting with the editorial board of the Plain Dealer and the Northeast Ohio Media Group.(NEOMG)

In a long and painful la nostra culpa on Friday, Ted Diadiun, NEOMG’s reader representative, courageously led the reader along a bumpy path to the cut-and run decision that lay squarely in the hands of Chris Quinn, NEOMG’s vice president of content. But soon after the video’s brief appearance on, Quinn turned to damage control as the shameful inexplicable maneuver went virile on social media as well as that of Columbia Journalism Review.

That produced some panic, as though someone had been caught with his hand in the news jar. Panic? Quinn even harshly threatened to sue Plunderbund from posting some clips from the original video. (A Cleveland TV station even flashed the quips, which is where I saw our casually attired govcrnor turning his head away from Ed FitzGerald and Green candidate Anita Rios with a satanic laugh.

We later learned that he never bothered to answer the board’s questions nor fully acknowledge the other two candidates. That, my friends, was the full, nasty Kasich that we have come to know as a guy entirely without social skills. Even a football coach whose team has been thrashed by the other guys will push onto the field to meet the victorious coach.

According to Diadiun, Quinn, now the veep of discontent, had realized that he hadn’t informed the candidates that the session would be released for public consumption.

“When the governor’s staff saw the video on, they were chagrined, and contacted NEOMG,” Diadiun wrote. Quinn’s explanation: He had “gotten busy as the candidates and board members arrived in staggered groups, and he never followed through.”

Diadiun said Quinn’s reasons for pulling the video were a matter of fairness and defensible. But he did write that Quinn’s delay in explaining it were “indefensible.”

The reaction to the messy wake was guaranteed. Diadiun noted that the mystery led people – including me – to believe ”something more sinister was afoot than the obvious, people began advancing crazy ideas, such as that Kasich had ordered the video to be deleted, or that it was taken down because it made the endorsed candidate look bad.”

Quinn said nobody had asked him to remove the video. Oh?

I am among those who believe that Kasich played a role in the disappearing act. As one who organized and moderated Akron Press Club debates for several years, I can tell you that the panelists always wanted to know all of the rules, which were either sent to them or explained at the site. That’s how you do these things. There were never to be any surprises.

I simply can’t – and won’t – believe that Kasich, who spent much of his campaign dodging reporters and refusing debates, didn’t know all of the rules well ahead of arriving at the PD and demanded that the PD cool it, or words to that effect. The rest of the details have the appearance of Reddi Wip.


Reposted from Grumpy Abe

  • This explanation, even if it is fully legit, confirms the reason why so many of us were mad about it in the first place: The Plain Dealer is/has been nothing short of obsequious to the Kasich campaign throughout this election season. That they would put themselves in this position out of deference to this candidate, to preserve their relationship. So much for watchdogging and afflicting the comfortable, their supposed role here.

  • dmoore2222

    A skeptical and vigilant press is critical to a healthy democracy. If it wasn’t for that, Watergate would never have come to public awareness along with hundreds of other political scandals over the years. It has exposed sexual predators like Mark Foley as well as pay-to-play cheaters like Duke Cunningham. And yes, add Ed Fitzgerald to the group however minor his digressions were. Newspapers CANNOT be in the business of endorsing or supporting candidates lest they lose all objectivity and credibility as these newspapers have.

  • Not bad to have the only daily paper in one of the largest media markets in Ohio as your personal PR firm.

  • jr6020

    What the Kasich backers at the PD and CD don’t realize is this: The national press will have no “hands off” policy when dealing with Kasich issues (personal or political). By giving him a free pass, these 2 rags were doing him no favor. Why? If their Golden Boy decides to run for higher office he will surely face grueling and persistent questions from the national press. Then you’ll see the real JK as he was in that PD interview- arrogant, nasty and full of himself…

  • SlapFat

    Said it before and I’ll say it again: the whole interview that the Plain Dealer pulled should be posted somewhere. That deserves to be up on the internet and available for everyone to study and watch.

  • jr6020

    You can bet that video will be fodder for Kasich’s rivals during the 2016 Primary campaign. And if he actually gets on the GOP ticket Hillary will have a field day running that ad…

  • Retrofuturistic

    Yeah. Kind of reminds me of the Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda….

  • Retrofuturistic

    That’s for sure. I just hope whoever has it isn’t already in a gulag somewhere….

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