JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A Political Action Committee backing Republican Gov. Mike Parson is raising money with a new video highlighting his attacks on a Missouri newspaper that uncovered an agency cybersecurity flaw state and waited for it to be corrected before posting a story.
The 55-second video released Thursday by Uniting Missouri praised Parson for standing up to the state’s “fake news factory” and criticizes the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. This suggests that a journalist for the newspaper was “digging” into personal data on teachers.
Uniting Missouri promoted the video in an email urging recipients to help fund Parson’s efforts to “hold the liberal media accountable.” It includes a link to a form that allows people to contribute. PAC declined to comment on Thursday.
The newspaper discovered a security breach last week that allowed the public to view the social security numbers of thousands of teachers through the State Department’s website for elementary and secondary education. The Post-Dispatch alerted the agency and delayed reporting the issue.
Instead of focusing on the agency’s problem, Parson attacked the newspaper and announced a criminal investigation. Parson was later criticized for not appointing a member of a commission created three months ago to identify cybersecurity risks in state government.
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