Dow meeting features incident with TV-5 reporter

Midland Daily News

The Dow/DEQ-hosted meeting in Midland Wednesday included a incident between WNEM TV-5 Reporter Dave Bondy and a Dow Chemical Co. staff member.

While the meeting was open to the public and media, video cameras and recording devices were not allowed.

A person answering phones at TV-5 said this morning the station is seeking legal advice and does not wish to comment on the incident, but added that when Bondy tried to ask why cameras were not allowed, he was "given a little shove out the door."

The Dow staff member said he did not touch Bondy.

"This was a dramatic reaction to being told the camera wasn't allowed in the meeting," said John Musser.

The DEQ and Dow had established the no camera/recording device rule for reporters based on a desire for participants to feel comfortable speaking openly without being on the record publicly.

Dow spokeswoman Terri Johnson said the incident was unfortunate. "I'm sure there was no intent by either of the parties to cause a scene," she said.


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