A Gannett reporter is taking a different position than the Star-Ledger and New Jersey PBS, praising Republican congressional candidate Tom Kean for his accessibility to the media.
“Guess I need to stop saying that Tom Kean is running for Congress by avoiding the public,” Bergen Record reporter Christopher Maag tweeted. “He gave our editorial board more time than any other candidate. A good model for fellow members of his party to follow.”
Claiming that the Star-Ledger editorial board is biased, Kean rejected an invitation for an interview last month and said he would not seek their endorsement. He also turned down interview requests from the state’s public television after one of their reporters attacked him on social media.
Both media organizations have sharply criticized Kean for skipping their interviews.
“He is a scared mouse hiding in his hole,” Star-Ledger editorial page editor Tom Moran wrote earlier this month.
Kean has done editorial board interviews with Gannett – three of their daily newspapers touch New Jersey’s 7th district – and with the non-profit New Jersey Hills Media Group, which operates weekly newspapers throughout the district.