In a statement from his office, Tomblin said while he understands the frustration the division experiences over editorials critical of the DOH, it is inappropriate to discourage media coverage of meetings.

“Our goal is not to keep any media outlet — including The Dominion Post — from covering any meeting,” said Chris Stadelman, Tomblin’s director of communications.

On Sunday, July 26, the newspaper reported that Urse told the organizers of a meeting in Preston County that he would “strongly suggest you not invite The Dominion Post…