So, tomorrow evening is the big public event where John Kasich is holding a town hall to unveil his proposal for Ohio's next budget. You know, the one where he has to plug an $8 billion hole left by Ted Strickland? It's being streamed live over the internet, and media have been invited to cover it live.
Anyway, the administration wanted to give the press a little sneak preview, but wanted the video and audio of the event to be of the main event. Otherwise, why have the later event? So they told the press that the earlier afternoon "press only" event would be off limits to cameras.
And then they went nuts. Of course, this is manufactured outrage. The media is mostly liberal, and most will do anything to criticize this governor, so they took the chance. The "budget unveiling" is the evening town hall, yet they took the opportunity to scream about "transparency" when handed the chance to get some early information.
One lefty blog even revealed their duplicity in their own post.
"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.
"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."
Wait. Which is it? Is he trying to shut out the press? Or is he asking them to cover the event live?
Unprecedented restrictions? Like...inviting the press to cover the event live? And inviting citizens to ask questions at a public town hall?
Where's teh transparency King John!!11!
Personally, I don't agree with the administration's reaction. They changed their minds and are allowing the cameras in. I don't reward my children for throwing temper tantrums. I might even have canceled the 1PM event and just gone ahead with the public town hall without giving the press their preview.
But that's just me. Either way, it was a comical and sad display by the Ohio media today.
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