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Kasich Encourages Journalists to Keep Being Democracy's Watchdogs

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Hot off another round of appearances on the national media circle, Gov. John Kasich was back in Ohio again, meeting with a large group of newspaper editors from publications around the U.S. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, Kasich had a message about the importance of journalism.

While speaking to editors with Gatehouse Media, a group of newspapers including the Dispatch, Repository and former Dix publications in Ohio, Kasich reiterated his support for immigration reform and a bipartisan health-care plan.

Kasich, who’s been doing lots of national interviews but not many in state, says it’s important for journalists to continue scrutinizing and verifying the work of the government.

"We need you to stand up against us or whoever it is and to be able to report the news and the facts and be able to let the story go where it is. I mean this idea where you’re all fake news, I think that’s a bunch of boloney.”

When asked to comment on the current national and international tensions when it comes to race and North Korea, Kasich said he’s done being baited into reacting to what President Donald Trump says or tweets.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.