Female reporter denied interview with politician unless she brings a male chaperone

Cheryl Sanders
July 14, 2019

The debate over Mr Foster and Campbell has drawn renewed consideration to the sentiment that men are unfortunate being with females alone.

Foster said he has hired women to work for the agricultural tourism business that he and his wife run in northern MS, and that he would hire women staffers if he is elected governor. "It isn't fair, and it isn't right [that these other incidents repeatedly occur], but this is the first time it has really stopped me from doing my job". Earlier on Tuesday, she wrote that Foster's campaign manager, Colton Robison, had banned her from shadowing the politician on a 15-hour "ride-along" campaign trip around the state unless she had a male colleague with her. "That is sexism. We've got to talk about it".

Campbell said sharing her experiences has prompted mixed reactions - many of them supporting Foster's reaction. "I don't think it was until I hung up that I got upset by it".

"I would have", Foster answered.

"My editor and I agreed the request was sexist and an unnecessary use of resources given this reporter's experience covering MS politics; Tuesday, Robinson was informed that this reporter would participate in the ride-along story alone", she wrote.


The Foster campaign did not respond to CNN's request for comment Wednesday.

Foster stood by his decision, saying he did so "out of respect" for his wife, Heather, with whom he is pictured multiple times on his campaign website.

He cited the slack Christian evangelist Billy Graham, who had acknowledged he would now not use time on my own with any lady who used to be now not his accomplice, as effectively as Vice-President Mike Pence, who has acknowledged he'll now not like on my own with a girl as opposed to his accomplice.

"As I anticipated, the liberal left lost their minds over the fact I choose not to be alone with another woman", he tweeted.

In another tweet, he claimed criticism of him was also an attack on people in MS who share his beliefs. "They can't believe, that even in 2019, someone still values their relationship with their wife and upholds their Christian faith". It's people who have just been women in predominantly male areas who say they're exhausted of being treated differently.


Campbell, who has interviewed Mr Foster loads of cases, called the resolution sexist.

"I'm not going to allow myself to be put in a situation with any female where they can make an accusation against me" without someone else in attendance, he said.

He explained the rule, promoted by the evangelical preacher, was to "avoid any situation that may evoke suspicion or compromise of our marriage". So I just put that one stipulation on it and asked that they comply with that if they wanted to ride in my truck.

All the device by the CNN interview with Ms Campbell and Mr Foster on Thursday, the 36-twelve months-extinct gubernatorial candidate cited his faith and faith, arguing he made a utter to his wife to not be alone with any individual of the different sex. "We just want it to be in an appropriate and professional setting that wouldn't provide opportunities for us to be alone".


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