Update: For some reason, comments were turned off for this post. Now that I noticed the problem, they are turned on.
Note: For a few months now, the Census Bureau has prevented me from asking questions when I dial in by phone to their monthly press conferences. The Bureau prefers to take questions from journalists with little or no knowledge about 2010 Census operations, because such questions will be less pointed/inflammatory.
Such was the case last week at Dr Groves’ press conference when question after question was asked and I was not selected to ask mine. II was forced to resort to plan B: I dialed in to the press conference on a second phone line, using a false name, “John Smith”, representing a fictional publication, “The Ocean Side Gazette” in order to have my question asked. Within minutes of this call ending, Steve Jost (the Census Bureau’s #2 political appointee) acknowledged that people realized it was me on the line.
I find it both shocking and despicable that a fictional journalist from a fictional publication gets better treatment from the Census Bureau’s management at press conferences than Stephen Robert Morse of MyTwoCensus.com trying to ask tough questions.
Here’s the transcript: