An article by University of Iowa journalism professor Stephen Bloom in The Atlantic magazine's website is drawing ire among Iowans, the Associated Press reports.
Bloom’s article, which ran last week, painted Iowans as uneducated Jesus freaks who love hunting and don't deserve the political clout they will exercise at the Jan. 3 Iowa presidential caucuses.
While his critique isn’t unique, it’s apparently hit a nerve because it comes from an Iowa journalist. Bloom said he wrote the article to expose "uncomfortable truths and unconventional truths" about Iowa's population and economy and generate a debate about whether its four-decade run as the first caucus state should continue.
"Professor Bloom is engaging here in just a remarkable level of stereotyping. He should know better," the AP quotes Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorksy as saying. "He's done two great books about life in Iowa. This commentary is not worthy of him."
"The saddest part of all of this is he's a journalism professor for crying out loud!" added state Rep. Jeff Kaufmann, R-Wilton. "This is a condescending piece that I'm ashamed to say was funded by my constituents' tax dollars."
Hannah Hess covers government and politics for IowaPolitics.com, which is owned by the Franklin Center for Government and Public Policy.