"Richard [Mauer] and I showed up a few minutes early, before Young arrived, and were told by delegation staff we had to leave. No one else was asked to leave.
"Delegation staff said the press conference was only for Mat-Su media. We pointed out that the Daily News is the largest circulation newspaper in the Mat-Su, and that our Mat-Su bureau had been invited to attend."
Cockerham's article names no ADN Valley Bureau staff as having been at the conference. A call from Progressive Alaska to the ADN Valley Bureau's Joe Ditzler, in an attempt to find out who from the ADN Valley Bureau was there resulted in Joe's refusal to provide me any information. He told me I would have to clear this with his "boss," Bill White, the ADN's Deputy City Editor.
Calls to the Frontiersman yielded no information indicating anyone was sent to the press conference. According to KMBQ-AM radio's Ed Russell, Young's office sent out notices on the conference sometime last week.
Russell succeeded in getting a solo interview with Young at the KMBQ studio. although Young had advised not to ask questions about legal matters, Ed did manage to ask young about Gov. Sarah Palin's statement yesterday indicating Young owes Alaskans a better explanation on what legal matters are costing him so much. Russell's interviews will air on KMBQ today at 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Ed stated that Lori Tipton from KTUU-TV was writing a story on the whole affair for this evening's news.
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