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Gov. Bevin Rips Into Courier-Journal After Announcement of Investigative Partnership with ProPublica

J.Tyler Franklin/WFPL

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has posted a video criticizing the Courier Journal after the newspaper announced this week that it’s partnering with the independent media nonprofit ProPublica on a year-long investigative project. 

The Courier Journal says the project with ProPublica will examine an agency of Kentucky state government, continuing what the newspaper describes as its 150-year tradition "of protecting taxpayers, safeguarding the environment and holding public officials and government agencies accountable."

In a 3-minute video, Governor Bevin ripped into the investigative team.

“The Courier Journal, which pretends that it’s an actual news organization or a publication, is so remarkably biased they are now full in bed with this particular organization ProPublica.”

The Republican governor also criticized others, including George Soros, a billionaire who supports the Democratic party: and the founders of ProPublica, Herbert and Marion Sandler, former chief executives of the Golden West Financial Corporation, who Bevin said were funneling money into “left-leaning organizations like ProPublica” and who are supporters of the ACLU, which the governor said repeatedly sues the Commonwealth of Kentucky for bills passed by state lawmakers.

The Courier Journal said that its reputation for quality journalism includes winning 10 Pulitzer Prizes. And ProPublica has won four Pulitzers since 2010.

Rhonda Miller joined WKU Public Radio in 2015. She has worked as Gulf Coast reporter for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, where she won Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow and Green Eyeshade awards for stories on dead sea turtles, health and legal issues arising from the 2010 BP oil spill and homeless veterans.
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