Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Controversy In the Cornhusker State

The Office of the Nebraska Governor has gotten snarky with the Daily Nebraskan, the official outlet at the University of Nebraska, because of what a student reporter wrote about who was giving tours of the Governor's mansion. Initially, the story was apparently supposed to be a puff piece about the mansion and its entry on the National Register of Historic Places; it turned into a report on the prison work-release program since an inmate on work-release is giving the tours of the home. Said the Governor's Office, "We feel very deceived, very deceived." Responded the Daily Nebraskan's editor, "I think it is an ethically sound and very good story."

The Governor's office toyed briefly with banning Daily Nebraskan reporters from future press conferences, but is now simply eliminating them from its email lists. Read more here in a story from the Omaha World-Herald.

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