Miller accuses Alaska Dispatch of journalistic impropriety

Photo by Shana Roberson

Senate candidate Joe Miller held a press conference Monday, Oct. 11, in which he alleged a personnel file of his had been illegally obtained by a Alaska media outlet. Miller called the act a political attack, saying it had been extremely difficult on his family.

The press conference, held shortly after a forum hosted by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, included a declaration Miller made about his privacy as it relates to the campaign.

“We’ve drawn a line in the sand. You can ask me about background, you can ask about personal issues. I’m not going to answer,” Miller said.

Miller said he was the most disclosed candidate in the campaign, saying that the public knows virtually everything about him. Although he admitted to “mistakes” in his past, Miller said the media was using them to distract from the issues.

Miller singled out a local blog, The Alaska Dispatch, as a source of journalistic impropriety.

“Their so-called journalistic objective is anything negative about Joe,” he said. “It doesn’t matter whether the sources are anonymous or not, they’ll publish it on their blog.”

Miller also alleged that one of the investors in the news blog was a maximum donor to his opponent’s, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, campaign.

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The Alaska Dispatch responded shortly after the press conference with an article that denied their possession of any files obtained illegally. The blog clarified the campaign contributions, made by Alice Rogoff, saying they were made prior to her investment in the blog.

The article also stated that Miller failed to dispute the accuracy of the claims the blog had made that related to Miller “politicking on borough time.”

Although Miller may not plan to answer any future personal questions, they will still be asked. The Alaska Dispatch is currently suing the Fairbanks North Star Borough for release of the personnel records.

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