Stacey Hendler Ross used to be KNTV’s late night anchor, and later worked as a globetrotting KGO journalist, covering everything from the Columbine massacre to Princess Diana’s funeral. But now her life is less exciting and she’s on the other side of the First Amendment, plying her trade as the spin manager for the South Bay Labor Council. Apparently since she no longer has a captive TV audience—her March 2012 Democratic TV video got a whopping 131 views on YouTube in the past 13 months—she doesn’t think others should be able to inform the public either. At least if it involves sullying the pristine reputation of former SBLC head Cindy Chavez, who’s running for her good buddy George Shirakawa Jr.’s supervisor seat. Hendler Ross would prefer that we live in a world where less people know that Chavez tried to talk District Attorney Jeff Rosen out of prosecuting Shirakawa back in January. The Fly’s impeccable sources threw a bombshell into the D2 race when they disclosed that Chavez threatened in not-so-subtle fashion that minority voters wouldn’t look favorably on Rosen’s decision to jail George. A couple media outlets picked up the story, including radio station KLIV 1590. In an interview with KLIV’s John Kelly, Metro/San Jose Inside editor Josh Koehn explained how the Chavez-Rosen lunch unfolded and why Chavez’s actions—not Rosen’s—should concern voters. The piece certainly struck a nerve, as an apoplectic Hendler Ross speed-dialed the station and demanded that the interview be taken off the air. Her screeching argument to station News Director George Sampson: Metro/San Jose Inside is not a credible news source, even if its investigations helped uncover the biggest scandal of political corruption in county history. But when Hendler Ross was asked to dispute any of the facts in the story … silence. And when given the chance to make Chavez available for comment—basically the reason communications directors exist—Hendler Ross told the station that Chavez was very busy in meetings in a land where telephones probably go to die. Unfortunately, this frantic response by the SBLC is all part of a larger pattern of intimidation of local media. As a journalist, Hendler Ross certainly wanted to have her say, but now she’s spending more time obstructing information and screaming at reporters. Rather than go on record in a story that doesn’t fit the sunshine and rainbows narrative of solidarity, Chavez and her minions only choose to bully and/or ignore news outlets that dare ask difficult questions.