Interior Secretary Zinke Bans Outside magazine reporter from conference call after the reporter noted Zinke rigged his fly fishing reel backwards

Apparently, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, besides lacking fly fishing skills, doesn’t have a sense of humor.

Source:  The Montana Post

“The fishing incident would be a comical encounter if not for the dangerous precedent set to ban reporters who tell the truth.”

Secretary Zinke Bans Reporter for Honest Coverage of His Terrible Fishing Ability

A reporter from Outside Magazine wrote a profile on Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke after they went fly-fishing together. Towards the end of a very worthwhile piece he noticed something worth mentioning:

As Zinke and I casted over the ice-cold water, I noticed something funny about his setup. He kept struggling to strip line out of the bottom of the reel. For a while, I thought he was simply having trouble concentrating on our conversation while casting. No, there was something wrong, and when I asked him to stand for a portrait, I finally saw what the problem was. He had rigged his reel backward, so that the line was coming out of the top of the reel. Every so often when he went to strip line out, he would grasp air where the line should’ve been.

Seems like an inconsequential thing, but in Montana, it’s everything.

After mentioning this at the end of the article the editor of Outside Magazine was banned from the next conference call held by the Department of the Interior where Secretary Zinke was busy attacking the outdoor clothing company, Patagonia, for daring to stand up to him and his illegal action of shrinking National Monuments. Outside Magazine reported:

Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the interior, was not pleased. On a Tuesday conference call with reporters he called Patagonia “a special interest group.” (Outside was not on the call. Despite repeated efforts to join, one of our editors was blocked. The previous day, the magazine had published a critical profile of Zinke by Elliott Woods that illustrated, among other issues, the secretary’s struggles to properly rig a fly rod.)

Read the rest of this article HERE.

12 replies »

  1. Zinke is concerned about “a special interest group” (Patagonia) when his whole agency stinks of “cronyism” where many people making millions of dollars are also paying lobbyists millions of dollars to make sure their agendas are passed at the cost of OUR American public lands, animals, water, air and all resources. Incredible!


  2. Patagonia is a very successful outdoor recreation-based BUSINESS, which this administration places above all else. Unless that business isn’t in their pocket that is. The millions of U.S. citizens who own, value, and visit our public lands are waking up! Please support the businesses that support our public lands, it’s a win/win for sustainable business models and for “we, the people.”


    • PS I’m sure there are many outdoor recreational business that could teach Zinke how to fly fish, and why keeping whole ecosystems healthy equates to healthy streams and healthy fish.


  3. The humorous criticism of Zinke’s fly fishing skills doesn’t have much of anything to do with the reporter being banned. Rather, the subject of the article was very critical of the Secretary, and understandably so. Here’s the link: https://www.outsideonline.com/2266216/man-flies-his-own-flag . Regardless, Zinke shouldn’t ban a member of the press just because he or she publishes negative articles about him. He needs a review of the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the PRESS; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”


    • Yes, true – altho, it seems thin-skinned is the description of far too many individuals in this administration! That and arrogant & self important…


  4. From PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility)
    Survey Shows Widespread Reports of Reprisal and Complaint Suppression
    Posted on Dec 18, 2017

    In the stunning new survey of harassment inside the U.S. Department of Interior, key findings about management reprisal and hostility were downplayed, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Buried in those survey results is that nearly one in three employees who reported harassment were punished for doing so, with more than one in six threatened with being terminated.
    Overall, the 2017 Work Environment Survey released last week showed that 35 percent of the more than 28,000 Interior employees surveyed said they experienced harassment or discrimination within the prior 12 months due to age, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, or sexual orientation. In addition, approximately 200 employees said they had been sexually assaulted during that period.


    • OMG – this is not surprising since we already know that many BLM employees have been and continue to be part of the conspiracy that has caused many many many of our wild horses and burros to “disappear” … and yet they do not blow the whistle on BLM for that due largely to the fear of losing their jobs … so why would they not also have fear for their jobs when it comes to harassment? The whole Department needs a thorough cleaning!


  5. “When U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke, a trophy hunter appointed by President Trump, moved to end a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ban on importing elephant trophies from Zimbabwe, the resulting public outrage forced at least a temporary delay ordered by President Trump. Now, despite all the alerts dedicated people like you signed of ours and other groups, a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) by Friends of Animals and Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force has uncovered sixteen permits that were granted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to import trophies from Zimbabwe despite the ban still being in effect! This is outrageous!”


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