Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

Gov.-elect McAuliffe shuts out news organization, transparently

See also

It’s customary for outgoing Virginia governors to transfer their media lists to their successors. Something has gotten lost in the translation in regard to at least one established news outlet.

Watchdog.org regularly received Gov. Bob McDonnell’s news releases, which ranged from the significant to the routine. Yet Watchdog says it is still waiting to hear from Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe’s team.

McAuliffe has been busy making appointments and announcements since he was elected Nov. 5. Watchdog reported last week that it knew of several press releases that had been issued statewide -- but none to Watchdog.

Press Secretary Brian Coy, according to Watchdog, "unfailingly fails to respond to our inquiries on stories we’re reporting — extending the code of silence McAuliffe staffers rigidly enforced throughout the gubernatorial campaign."

Asked about the news blackout since McAuliffe beat Republican Ken Cuccinelli in November, Coy told Watchdog last month he was “working on it.” There has been no communication from the governor-elect’s office since.

McAuliffe himself was gracious, or savvy, enough to answer one of Watchdog’s questions at the annual Associated Press Day earlier this month. Then again, he didn’t have much choice. WCVE-FM’s Craig Carper, incoming president of the Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association, selected the questioners and acknowledged a Watchdog reporter's upraised hand.

As a member of the VCCA and the Virginia Press Association, Watchdog’s Virginia Bureau is recognized by its journalistic peers as a legitimate news organization in Richmond and statewide.

Credentialed at the General Assembly, Watchdog is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit outlet that exposes waste, fraud and abuse in the public sector.

So where’s the professional courtesy from the governor-elect’s crew? Where's the "transparency" the Democrat has touted for his administration?

Read the rest of the article here.

Advertisement

News

  • Pro-Russians killed
    Putin issues a warning after 3 armed protestors were shot dead in Ukraine
    Video
    Watch Video
  • Korean ferry capsizes
    Only one of 46 life boats were used in the South Korean ferry sinking
    World News
  • Oscar Pistorius trial
    Oscar Pistorius reads a Valentines Day card from his deceased girlfriend without tears
    Crime News
  • Google patent
    Google applies for patent for what could be the successor to Google Glass
    Tech News
  • 420 in Colorado
    Colorado will celebrate 420 for the first time since marijuana became legal
    Headlines
  • Racist Kansas murderer
    Why isn't the Jewish Community Center shooter being labeled as a terrorist?
    Video
    Watch Video

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!