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U of I professor writes about Iowa stereotypes in Atlantic article


University of Iowa journalism professor Stephen Bloom wrote "Observations from 20 Years of Iowa Life" in The Atlantic, a magazine founded in Boston that focuses on politics among other current topics, in which he is doing what some are calling "Iowa bashing."

Bloom admits that he is not from Iowa, but that he was transplanted here 20 years ago when he got a job at the University of Iowa. 

In his article, he writes about how Iowa is considered on the coasts  as "Flyover Country" and how people that live in the state are "meth-addicts" or they are just waiting to die.

The reason he said he wrote the article was to tell people about the Hawkeye State, the state where Republican presidential candidates are spending their last few weeks before the Feb. 3, caucus rolls around. 

He says he wants the people of the United States to know who they are trusting to pick the Republican nominee. He supports this statement by writing about how Obama got 38% of Iowa voters in 2008 and then got the victory at the Democratic Convention eight months later.

He ends the article by asking if Iowa is really the place the United States should be trusting to choose our next president.

Bloom is a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Iowa. He is currently serving as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan. He is the author of "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America."

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