Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) campaign blocked the Des Moines Register, a prominent Iowa newspaper, from covering an election night event in northwest Iowa on Tuesday night, the newspaper reported.
“We are not granting credentials to the Des Moines Register or any other leftist propaganda media outlet with no concern for reporting the truth,” King’s son, Jeff King, who works on the congressman’s campaign staff, told the newspaper when it requested press credentials for the event.
“The Des Moines Register will continue doing everything in its power to cover Rep. King fairly,”the paper’s Executive Editor Carol Hunter said in a statement to the Register. “This decision is unfortunate because it not only shuts out the Des Moines Register reporter, but also the people of Iowa.”
King, who is running for his ninth term in Congress, is facing Democratic challenger J.D. Scholten. The outspoken conservative — who is no stranger to whipping up controversy over his far-right allegiances — has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks for making racist and homophobic comments.
However, only some of King’s most recent have his remarks pushed some of his Republican colleagues to denounce his behavior.