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Censorship: Team Obama Blocks Chef’s Tweets

NBC Chicago:

A series of tweets may have put Chicago chef Rick Bayless in hot water with the White House.

Bayless is in Washington, D.C. to prepare Wednesday night’s State Dinner to honor Mexican President Felipe Calderon. The top chef was so excited about the trip he started tweeting about it Monday.  

But the chef’s tweets abruptly stopped Tuesday after the White House reportedly put the kibosh on the news blasts, according to the Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet. Sweet has since updated her story to reflect comments made by Bayless, saying he didn’t tweet from inside the White House.  

But it appears the on-message White House does have a moratorium on tweeting from inside the Pennsylvania Avenue kitchen. Staff there likely wants to avoid any embarrassment after the last State Dinner, when Tareq and Michaele Salahi crashed the party — which ultimately contributed to White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers’ ouster.

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