When you call a press conference, it is usually to disseminate information. Not so with the Norm Coleman campaign this election season. The Coleman campaign has repeatedly denied The UpTake and other independent media access to its press conferences when they are held at the campaign’s headquarters.
But when the press conference is held in a public building such as the State Office Building as it was on Tuesday, the Coleman campaign has no authority to deny anyone access. So Coleman spokesperson Mark Drake came up with another way to either prevent us from asking questions or perhaps protect the campaign from answering them. He refused to give The UpTake’s Mike McIntee a copy of the lawsuit because we “have an axe to grind”. Drake offered no evidence of that.
That led to some interesting moments during the press conference and finally the Coleman campaign admitting (sort of) that The UpTake is a “legitimate” media organization with a “very fair” reporter.