Cleveland Mayor Michael White did something recently that most
politicians would give their right arm to do. Upset with what he saw as
a lack of positive coverage, he barred Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper
reporters from an event at which he announced he would not seek
Mayoral press aide Brian Rothenberg defended the decision, calling the
announcement a "private event" that the Plain Dealer could have easily
covered by watching it on local cable TV. Tellingly, though, he added:
"The Plain Dealer had been unfair to the mayor."
Plain Dealer editor Doug Clifton scoffed: "His behavior has been
churlish for years."
Rothenberg counters the entire event was blown out of proportion and
he's particularly miffed that the Society of Professional Journalists
issued a condemnation of the mayor's action without calling for a
Maybe the society just decided not to invite him to its press