Sunday, March 27, 2011

New Obama administration Nixonian policy: Keep politically unreliable reporters in a closet until they see only what you want them to see.

From Matt Drudge:


Sat March 26 2011 17:04:37 EDT

Staffers with Vice President Joe Biden confined an Orlando Sentinel reporter in a closet this week to keep him from mingling with high-powered guests gathered for a Democratic fundraiser.

Reporter Scott Powers was the designated "pool reporter" for the vice president's Wednesday visit to the massive Winter Park, Fla., home of developer and philanthropist Alan Ginsburg. The veep hadn't arrived yet but most of the 150 guests (minimum $500 donation) had. They were busy noshing on caprese crostini with oven-dried mozzarella and basil, rosemary flatbread with grapes honey and gorgonzola cheese and bacon deviled eggs, before a lunch of grilled chicken Caesar and garden vegetable wraps.

Not so for Powers. A "low-level staffer" put Powers in a storage closet and then stood guard outside the door, Powers told the DRUDGE REPORT. "When I'd stick my head out, they'd say, 'Not yet. We'll let you know when you can come out.'"

And no crustini for Powers, either. He made do with a bottle of water to sip as he sat at a tiny makeshift desk, right next to a bag marked "consignment." Powers was closeted at about 11:30 a.m., held for about an hour and 15 minutes, came out for 35 minutes of remarks by Biden and Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Democrat, and then returned to his jail for the remainder of the event.

Powers' phone didn't work in the closet, but his Blackberry did, so he fired a picture of his impromptu prison to his editors, who posted a short blog item on the lack of freedom of the press under the veep's control.

Powers didn't mention his confinement in either of his pool reports that day, saying only that "press coverage was limited to a single pool reporter, filing on behalf of all local media, who was allowed to listen to the remarks but not given an opportunity to talk with anyone at the event."

On Friday, Powers said, the home's owner called him. "He said he had no idea they'd put me in a closet and was very sorry. He said he was just following their lead and was extremely embarrassed by the whole thing."


Anonymous said...

That guy deserved to be in there! Low level staffer put him there? They're ALL low level SCUM! And that reporter,what a pussy! Screw em all!!!


Anonymous said...

The real question is: What was VP Joe hiding from the reporter?

Anonymous said...

I would have slugged the guy for trying to keep me in a closet. Isn't that called kidnapping? or illegal inprisonment?

W W Woodward said...

Freedom of the press be damned. False imprisonment? What's that? Constitution? 1st Amendment? 14th Amendment? Huh?

I'm not surprised at all. Arrogance has no limits.

VP Joe and his people are agents of the federal government. Maybe the SCOTUS will at some point find it necessary to incorporate the entire Constitution as these Sons of Bitches don't seem to think it applies to them anymore.


CowboyDan said...

Yeah, somebody needs to go to jail for this sort of shinola.

It's like dealing with any other bullies; if you let them get away with it once, they think it's okay and they'll keep on doing it, or worse.

The guys who put the reporter in the closet are not likely to go to jail for it, but they need to have some anxious moments.

That Orlando Slantinel(that's what we called it when we lived there) reporter will never be allowed anywhere NEAR the big guys again, anyway, so he might as well try to make sure his brothers in ink are better treated in days to come.