Huckabee Says Newspaper's Claims are "Laughable"

MAY 3, 2006 - Posted at 7:44 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Huckabee calls "laughable" a complaint by a weekly newspaper over its removal from his e-mail distribution list.  Max Brantley, the editor of the Arkansas Times, said he learned last week that Huckabee no longer sends news releases or schedules to his paper.

In an open letter, Huckabee said Brantley was whining and that information from his office is available freely on the Internet.

The governor likened Brantley to a hobo given free food from a restaurant who then complains it tastes bad and then wonders why he isn't invited to have the best table in the house for free.

Brantly said his paper is not seeking special treatment.  He said the Arkansas Times just wants the same notices given to other media that cover the Capitol.  Brantley said the information his paper seeks is not always available on Huckabee's Web site.  He said it would be difficult for the paper's reporters to attend news conferences they don't know about.

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