RICHMOND, Va. —
The Muzzle related to the interrogation of West Virginia activist Maria Gunnoe went to Rep. Doug Lamborn, who chaired the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. A member of the Colorado Republican’s staff deemed the photograph offensive. Lamborn denied ever seeing the photo. Gunnoe was later interrogated by Capitol Police on suspicion she might be in possession of child pornography. No charges were filed, nor apologies offered.
Gunnoe said the objection “wasn’t because the little girl didn’t have a shirt on. It was because she was bathing in mine waste.”
After having a hand in the Muzzles since the ‘90s, Wheeler said he has seen no easing up on attempts to censor, “which is a little bit sad. On the other hand, I think it speaks to why we think the Muzzles are more than just an amusing, tongue-in-cheek way to make fun of people who censor in that, hopefully, they challenge people’s complacency.”