Update: Here’s a video of the candidates meeting with with the editorial board. | Update 2: It’s been taken down.
The Northeast Ohio Media Group last week posted a video of Ohio Gov. John Kasich and challenger Ed FitzGerald meeting with the editorial board, then took it down without explanation and replaced it with an audio recording.
The video shows Kasich – endorsed by the Plain Dealer – slumped in his chair and refusing to answer questions, according to the Plunderbund website. That site posted part of the video on Monday, then received this threat from NOMG content veep Chris Quinn.
“We believe our posting of the video falls under the category of fair use,” say Plunderbund editors, “however we have temporarily removed the video while we discuss our options.”
I’ve asked Quinn and editorial pages editor Elizabeth Sullivan about the vanishing video. [Wednesday morning update: They never responded.]
* NOMG’s Chris Quinn threatens to sue website over Kasich video (plunderbund.com)
* NOMG pulls video of Kasich refusing to answer editorial board questions (plunderbund.com) | Plain Dealer endorses Kasich (cleveland.com)
The FitzGerald campaign’s press release is after the jump.
Plain Dealer Takes Down Video of Editorial Board Interview for Governor
COLUMBUS – After posting a video of the only face-to-face meeting between John Kasich and Ed FitzGerald at last week’s Editorial Board meeting, the Plain Dealer removed the video from their website less than two days later and substituted it with an audio recording. The Plain Dealer has refused to provide an explanation for removing the video, despite multiple inquires from the campaign over the last 48 hours.
FitzGerald Campaign Press Secretary Lauren Hitt released the following statement on the video’s removal:
“While the Plain Dealer did Ohioans a service by demanding that Governor Kasich appear jointly with Ed FitzGerald at their editorial board meeting, they then robbed many Ohioans of their only chance to see Kasich and FitzGerald interact when they later inexplicably removed the video from their website. After nearly all statewide Republican candidates refused to debate, the Plain Dealer Editorial Board condemned the Republicans decision and pledged to make their editorial ‘interviews as transparent as possible — and as responsive to reader questions and concerns as possible.’ We hope they will live up to their pledge and restore the video to their website.”
The Plain Dealer removed the video after the FitzGerald Campaign began noting on social media that, despite being asked three times in the editorial board meeting, Kasich refused to answer why he put a gag order on rape crisis counselors. Last year, Governor Kasich signed a law that threatens to cut state funding from rape crisis clinics if counselors tell victims impregnated by their rapist that abortion is a legal option, even though the Governor supports abortion in the case of rape, incest or the life of the mother.
In the time before the video’s removal, the Plain Dealer also received criticism from readers for failing to note the Governor’s behavior during their interview in the endorsement article. As the video, but not the audio, reveals, the Governor refused to look at FitzGerald, often deliberately and petulantly looking off in the other direction, refusing to answer his opponents’ questions unless a Plain Dealer reporter or editorial board member repeated them.