The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors held a press conference earlier today ” to discuss the start of early voting, how to track your ballot, and misconceptions about voter registration and the voting rolls.”
As The Gateway Pundit recently reported, Maricopa County will “require an official Press Pass for members of the press to enter its facilities and/or cover events related to the 2022 General Election,” according to a new order from the County.
We later reported that TGP correspondent Jordan Conradson was blocked access to Maricopa County’s election-related events in a clear effort to silence us and stop us from reporting on election discrepancies in Maricopa County.
This is partially because of the incredibly botched 2022 Primary Election in Maricopa County. The Gateway Pundit previously reported on the election day incompetence in Maricopa County, where Republican voters were turned away from the polls due to printer malfunctions and ballots not being available while facing other issues stemming from the County’s shady felt-tipped pen recommendation.
We also reported that the RINO-controlled County hired 145 more Democratic activists than Republicans to watch the polls, which is likely illegal. They are now facing a lawsuit as a result.
Conradson was told by a county employee that he was not “unbiased,” and therefore, he would not be granted entry.
The County employee also told Conradson that he thinks he is “dishonest.”
Therefore, no left-wing media outlet should be allowed to cover the election. However, that is not the case.
But these people decide what honesty means and who is or is not dishonest.
Maricopa County sent out the following media release to members of the media earlier this week.
October 12, 2022
Press Advisory: Learn about Early Voting Facts, Figures, and Fallacies
WHAT: The Maricopa County 2022 Elections Command Center will host a news conference for credentialed media to discuss the start of early voting, how to track your ballot, and misconceptions about voter registration and the voting rolls.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates
Recorder Stephen Richer
Elections Directors Rey Valenzuela and Scott Jarrett
Subject matter experts with the Elections Department and Recorder’s Office
Thursday, October 13, 2022, 2 p.m.
Board of Supervisors Conference Room, 301 W. Jefferson St. (10th floor), Phoenix, AZ 85003
Maricopa County is requiring an official Press Pass for members of the media to enter its facilities and/or cover events related to the 2022 General Election. Reporters can read the criteria for getting a pass and apply online here. Reporters without a County-issued Press Pass will not be allowed to attend the press conference.
The news conference will be streamed to YouTube for members of the public to watch live or replay later.
During the news conference, Maricopa County will have a Spanish speaker present to answer specific questions from Spanish-language media. Following the news conference, this person will be available to share additional information in Spanish with interested media.
Conradson attempted to gain entry to this press conference in order to ask real questions to the Maricopa County Supervisors, but he was stopped by employees who were responsible for the vetting process.
Watch the full press conference and confrontation with County employees below.
County Employee: I’m pretty sure we sent you a denial because you did not meet the criteria.
Conradson: Can you tell me what part of the criteria I didn’t meet? Because I’ve seen the criteria and I meet all of them
County Employee: You don’t meet the criteria of being a legitimate news organization.
Conradson: What is a legitimate news organization
County Employee: Unbiased.
Conradson: Unbiased? So does CNN meet that Criteria? Does Arizona Republic meet that criteria?
County Employee: I would refer you to your email.
Conradson: “You’re not a bona fide journalist.” So, what is a bona fide journalist?
County Employee: I think it’s somebody who can report the facts honestly.
Conradson: I do report the facts honestly. You don’t think I do?
County Employee: No.
Conradson: Do you think I’m dishonest?
County Employee: Yes.
Conradson: Well 2.5 million readers a day don’t think I am dishonest. They actually trust me, unlike these guys who you let in. So, it’s up to you guys whether or not I’m dishonest or honest?
County Employee: You have the email. You have our response.
Conradson: Okay, so it’s your opinion that I’m not honest. Is that what you’re saying?
County Employee: I’m saying that you do not meet our criteria and you can refer to the email.
Conradson: Well, my email says that I am not a bona fide journalist, and you basically just called me dishonest. So, is that your opinion of me or is that the facts?
County Employee: I don’t have an opinion of you.
Conradson: Well, it seems like you just voiced your opinion saying, “you’re not honest.”
County Employee: Is there anything else you would like to discuss here?
Conradson: I would like to go and report on the event and show people the truth about what is going on and ask honest questions.
County Employee: You did not get a press credential.
Conradson: Because you don’t think I am honest. Is that why?
County Employee: I do not think you are part of a bona fide news organization.
County Employee: Because you do not report the facts.
Conradson: You don’t think I report the facts.
County Employee: No, I do not.
Conradson: So, it’s a matter of your opinion. We have 2.5 million daily readers that consider us a bona fide news organization.
County Employee: That’s your opinion.
Conradson: No, it’s the truth. I just gave you a statistic of people who consider us a bona fide news organization. On the other hand, with these guys, nobody thinks they’re a bona fide news organization except for you guys. You’re kind of in the minority there. That’s why their viewership and readership is tanking. Nobody wants to hear their crap. They lie. Give me an example of a news organization that you guys alllow.
County Employee: I think we’re done here.