You know, some people need to give reporters a break once in a while. Everyday they put their name on something and submit it to public scrutiny. I even received a death threat for something I wrote. As far as Mr Barret not attending the event, it may have been for any number of reasons. I remember covering local politics and not eating a BBQ dinner at a Republican Party sponsored luncheon due to my fear that I might be viewed as having a bias in the minds of Democrats I wanted to interview. If Mr. Barrett didn't attend your events, it doesn't necessary indicate bias. Let me point out one more important fact. After a reporter hands a story off to a copy editor, they can do what they want with it. I remember having a conversation with a copy editor who wrote a headline on one of my articles that seemed to paint a bias for an opposing side. I ended up getting some very angry calls in my voice mail from people who claimed I had a bias toward the other side strictly because they only read the headline. At the end of the day, a journalist can only do so much to write a article that doesn't paint a bias.