Urbin Report

Thursday, February 17, 2005

What does Dean want to hide from the American people?

From today's Washington Times Inside Politics feature:

Howard Dean, the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee, requested a media blackout of a debate with top Pentagon adviser Richard Perle, then quickly changed his mind yesterday after news agencies complained, the Associated Press reports.
"DNC Chair Howard Dean has declared a news blackout of his appearance and requested the media not quote, record, and/or paraphrase his remarks," event coordinator Gabrielle Williams wrote in an e-mail sent to news agencies yesterday morning. "We apologize for the late notice, but we were just informed of this request."
Less than two hours later, Miss Williams called to say: "We were told just a few minutes ago that it is now open" for media coverage. The decision to open today's debate came roughly 30 minutes after an inquiry by the AP.
Dean spokeswoman Laura Gross said her boss had decided the event would be closed before he was elected DNC chairman Saturday, but changed his mind because of his new job.