Not A Good Day Between Ben Jealous And Maryland News Outlets

Not sure if you have seen these stories today…but they all seem to have a common theme…things are not wonderful between Ben Jealous (candidate for governor in Maryland) and a few Maryland news outlets.

The first one I noticed today was this story:

No response from Jealous camp about why H-M reporter was vetoed from debate panel. Here is an excerpt from that story:

Campaign officials for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ben Jealous are still mum on their reasoning for apparently vetoing Herald-Mail Media’s statehouse reporter from serving as a panelist at next week’s debate.

In an emailed statement Tuesday, Jealous spokesman Kevin Harris said “both campaigns were able to change the outlets and representatives asked to participate” in the debate.

“There are many reporters and outlets that we would have liked to include that are not being included,” Harris said. “This type of back and forth is typical of debate negotiations.”

Jealous’ camp did not immediately respond to a follow-up email, asking specifically if the campaign had vetoed reporter Tamela Baker and for what reason.

However, The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday that Jealous exercised his right under his campaign’s agreement to strike Baker from the panel, as confirmed by Maryland Public Television, which is hosting the debate.

Read the full article here:

The second one was this:

Commentary: Jealous attacks as “right-wing blog”. Here is an excerpt from that story:

In a public radio interview Tuesday, Ben Jealous, the Democratic nominee for governor, attacked as “a right-wing blog that’s funded by right-wing donors that like to scare people.”

Jealous’ claim came toward the end of a rambling response to a question from WYPR’s Tom Hall on his “Midday” program that referred to a story shooting holes in his plan to save $660 million from the prison budget.

(A video of the full program is on WYPR’s Facebook page. Jealous remarks about the website are at minute 49. Hall’s question starts at minute 47.)

Jealous got his facts wrong about the story, about the prison savings, and about the funding for

On Hall’s show, Jealous stated “We used the state’s own estimates for that.”

Actually, his campaign incorrectly used an estimate from Public Safety Performance Project of the Pew Charitable Trusts, projecting total savings from reducing prison population over several years to annual savings. In fact, “the state’s own estimates” by both the governor’s office and the legislature’s analysts are for a similar reduction in prison population. Most of the savings are plowed back into the inmates to provide more education, job training and other services to keep them from coming back. Read the story for more details.

Read the full article here:

And the 3rd thing I noticed was this on Twitter just a bit ago:

If you don’t know who @trifalatzas is…here ya go:

So the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of the Baltimore Sun might be “reconsidering our participation in Monday’s gubernatorial debate“…this is pretty significant. Obviously I will be watching to see what the Baltimore Sun does in the end.

Now spread out over time…these are not big deals…but all in one day….that is noteworthy. Go read the full stories and do your own research….that is why I provide links and screenshots.

Scott E

Felt like I had to update the post with this information:


So he has backtracked or re-thought the situation and removed his veto of the reporter on the panel at the event. That is good…but maybe a little to late for the negative press he got all day today.


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