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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The Iowa Republican: Culver's chief of staff ordered intimidation of Des Moines Register reporter

Excerpted from this post at The Iowa Republican

Emails obtained by TheIowaRepublican.com between Governor Chet
Culver’s communications staff and two Des Moines Register reporters
show that the Governor's office threatened Des Moines Register
political reporter Jason Clayworth after he publishing unflattering
photos of Governor Culver while Culver participated in a triathlon.
Clayworth's blog appeared on the Des Moines Register's political page
for less than an hour on the afternoon of November 18th. ... The email
exchange clearly shows the Governor's office purposely intimidating a
reporter in hopes to get the story removed from the Register's
website. It is obvious that Clayworth took Seidler's threat to black
list him very seriously. If he would have refused to give into
Seidler's demands, Clayworth might have put his own job in jeopardy.
As a political reporter, it is imperative for him to have the ability
to ask the Governor's office for information and comment, Seidler's
threat essentially would have made it impossible for Clayworth to do
his job.

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