Web exclusive: Nixon bans reporters from a news session on higher education

The office of Gov. Jay Nixon barred three reporters from an invitation-only briefing session by the governor on higher education.

Barred were reporters for KMOX Radio in St. Louis, the Columbia Missourian and KSMU in Springfield.

The governor’s communications director said the governor personally had selected the reporters he wanted to attend.

Christine Bertelson said Nixon wanted a limited attendance. She refused a request for an interview about the governor’s decision.

Earlier in the day, the governor refused to take questions from statehouse reporters at an awards ceremony. The governor has not had a general, open news conference with statehouse reporters since well before the GOP victories in the November elections.

“It’s not the first time though that we’ve had some body in the governor’s office who has manipulated the media or has played favorites, and so that’s not exactly unusual,” said Bob Priddy, news director of Missouri Network.

– Missouri Digital News