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Count Zarth
03-27-2011, 03:13 PM
Fuck your rights. LMAO

The White House website proudly says ‘President Obama is committed to creating the most open and accessible administration in American history.’

But try telling Vice President Joe Biden’s staff that, after they held a local reporter in a closet for hours after he was invited to cover a Florida political fundraiser because they did not want him talking with the guests.
As the unaware $500-a-head invitees dined on caprese crostini with oven-dried mozzarella and basil, rosemary flatbread with grapes honey and gorgonzola cheese, grilled chicken Caesar and garden vegetable wraps, veteran reporter Scott Powers was locked away.

He was told he could only come out when the politicians were ready to give their speeches.

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.”’

The party was being held for Democrat senator Bill Nelson. Powers emailed from inside the closet: 'sounds like a nice party'

After 90 minutes he was allowed out to hear Biden and Nelson speak for 35 minutes, before being taken back to the closet for the remainder of the event.

When Ginsburg – who has supported both Democrat and Republican candidates in the past – learnt of the treatment that took place in his house, he called the reporter.

Powers said: ‘[Ginsburg] 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.’

But some guests were shocked by the Vice President’s staff.

One emailed the paper saying: ‘I was in attendance at the Fundraiser and enjoyed a nice lunch.
‘If I had known there was a reporter stuffed in the closet, I would have been compelled to stand up and demand answers.
‘I would also like to know if this is actually legal to treat people like caged animals. I’m disgusted by these actions.’

Florida state law says kidnapping entails ‘forcibly, secretly or by threat confining, abducting or imprisoning another person against her or his will and without lawful authority.’


The storage closet
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/03/27/article-1370371-0B5C0F2700000578-768_468x606.jpg

Links:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1370371/Vice-President-Joe-Bidens-staff-lock-journalist-closet-stop-talking-guests.html#

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/03/biden-team-apologizes-to-reporter-for-sticking-him-in-closet.html

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/content/joe-biden-team-shuts-orlando-reporter-closet-during-bill-nelson-fundraiser

http://nation.foxnews.com/joe-biden/2011/03/27/biden-locks-reporter-closet

trndobrd
03-27-2011, 03:37 PM
Amateur hour continues. Just close the event to the public and media and be done with it. Closing a political fundraiser, especially one in a private home, is common practice and is a hell of a lot better then looking like, well....this.

Interesting the the VP is only drawing $500 per head at a private reception. Seems kind of low.

orange
03-27-2011, 03:42 PM
Biden Team Apologizes to Reporter for Sticking Him In Closet
March 27, 2011 3:44 PM

"Scott - You have our sincere apologies for the lack of a better hold room today," wrote Vice President Biden spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander last Wednesday to Orlando Sentinel reporter Scott Powers.

"Lack of a better hold room" is an interesting way of putting it. In order to keep Powers from mingling with guests at a Democratic fundraiser last Wednesday, Powers was escorted into a storage closet by a Biden staffer.

Powers was the designated pool reporter, there to record the proceedings for the press corps in general.

He told ABC News that he showed up at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday to cover Vice President Biden and Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., attending a $500-a-head fundraiser at the Winter Park manse of developer Alan Ginsburg.

A young female staffer met him at the door and brought him to the storage closet.

"You're going to have to wait in here until the VP gets here," he says she told him.

"You're kidding me," he recalls responding.

Forcing reporters into closets is generally not the tradition of politicians in the US. Powers is a respected politics and business reporter who recently wrote about the Space shuttle Discovery coming home to Kennedy Space Center for the 39th and final time.

Making matters worse, Biden didn't arrive until more than an hour later.

Continued Alexander in her email to Powers: "I am told, once the Vice President and Senator Nelson arrived, the situation was quickly rectified – and hopefully you weren’t waiting too long."

Powers says the situation was never "rectified." Any time he stuck his head out he'd been shooed back inside. He said he was held for more than an hour in the closet, was allowed out for 35 minutes of remarks by Biden and Nelson, after which it was back into the closet until the VP left.

Alexander's note to him thus didn't quite satisfy him, Powers said. Especially compared with that of Ginsburg who called Powers Friday and apologized, saying Biden's advance team made all the decisions about the event, Powers said. The wealthy Democratic fundraiser told the reporter he hadn't even been aware that Powers was there, much less shoved into his closet.

During his time in the closet Powers took a photo and emailed it to his editor, who posted it on the Sentinel blog. The photo ran in the paper the next day.

A statement from the VP's office noted that "It is standard policy for the Vice President's office that a print pooler cover the speaking program at fundraisers. This has been the consistent policy throughout the Administration. At times, these fundraisers are at private homes and 'hold rooms' are provided for pool reporters to wait for the speaking program to commence. A hold room, however, should not be a storage room. This was the unfortunate mistake of an inexperienced staffer and the Vice President's office has made sure it will never happen again."

Biden's office added that in this particular occasion, "half of the hold room was used for storage by the home's owner and the other half was open space. A table and chair were set up for the reporter to allow him to file his story afterwards and work while he waited for the speaking program to begin. It was designated as the hold space because of its close proximity to the event room. The speaking program began approximately one hour after the reporter arrived, which he covered as the pool reporter, and he departed the home as soon as the motorcade left (about 15 mins after the speaking program ended)."

Alexander's note to Powers ended: "Thank you for your patience and flexibility."

It wasn't clear if Alexander was referring to Powers' emotional or physical flexibility.

Jake Tapper

*This blog post has been updated with an editorial change of a comment made by Powers, upon his request.

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/03/biden-team-apologizes-to-reporter-for-sticking-him-in-closet.html


I wonder what "comment made by Powers" they changed? Perhaps where he compared his treatment to Solzhenitsyn's? :hmmm:

orange
03-27-2011, 03:57 PM
**** your rights. LMAO

‘I would also like to know if this is actually legal to treat people like caged animals. I’m disgusted by these actions.’

Florida state law says kidnapping entails ‘forcibly, secretly or by threat confining, abducting or imprisoning another person against her or his will and without lawful authority.’



Too much stupidity in this post above to encompass in one smiley.

ROFLLMAO:LOL:

Ebolapox
03-27-2011, 04:12 PM
isn't that technically unlawful incarceration?

AustinChief
03-27-2011, 04:53 PM
HAHAHA... they must have been watching Pocketful of Miracles... hey it all worked out ok for Bette Davis.. why not give it a shot? Does this make Biden Peter Faulk's character, Joyboy?

HonestChieffan
03-27-2011, 04:53 PM
Closet to some, hold room to another.

Dante84
03-27-2011, 04:58 PM
isn't that technically unlawful incarceration?

If he wanted to leave the event, and they didn't let him leave, then sure.

But no, it's not.

mlyonsd
03-27-2011, 04:59 PM
My first question would be why a reported allowed himself to be 'locked' into a closet in the first place?

BucEyedPea
03-27-2011, 05:01 PM
My first question would be why a reported allowd himself to be 'locked' into a closet in the first place?

'Cause he got a heaping serving of this to keep him from emabarrassing himself as a glutton?

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_g7_vN1zrRXA/STs96clbKnI/AAAAAAAAAXU/5QPkEqP-F9o/s320/Rosemary+Flat-2.JPG


Never heard of that combination have you?:drool:

rosemary flatbread with grapes honey and gorgonzola cheese

mlyonsd
03-27-2011, 05:07 PM
'Cause he got a heaping serving of this to keep him from emabarrassing himself as a glutton?

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_g7_vN1zrRXA/STs96clbKnI/AAAAAAAAAXU/5QPkEqP-F9o/s320/Rosemary+Flat-2.JPG


Never heard of that combination have you?:drool:

rosemary flatbread with grapes honey and gorgonzola cheese

No offense but I imagine that's what a yeast infection looks like under a microscope.:p

orange
03-27-2011, 05:07 PM
I'm breathlessly waiting for his "Letter From Bidenham Jail." I'm sure it will revolutionize civil rights in America.

BucEyedPea
03-27-2011, 05:12 PM
No offense but I imagine that's what a yeast infection looks like under a microscope.:p

:LOL:LMAO

AustinChief
03-27-2011, 05:20 PM
I'm breathlessly waiting for his "Letter From Bidenham Jail." I'm sure it will revolutionize civil rights in America.

No he was unlawfully detained at Bidenanamo Bay!

Jaric
03-28-2011, 08:05 PM
I can only imagine the uproar if Cheney had ordered a reporter locked up in a closet.

Although anyone familiar with the hijinks of Vice President Biden isn't surprised by this in the slightest. One of my personal favorites is when he asked State Senator Chuck Graham to "stand up, let the people see you."

For those of you who don't know, Sen Graham is a paraplegic and is confined to a wheelchair.

Saul Good
03-28-2011, 08:08 PM
No he was unlawfully detained at Bidenanamo Bay!

I thought Obama shut that place down.

'Hamas' Jenkins
03-28-2011, 08:14 PM
I can only imagine the uproar if Cheney had ordered a reporter locked up in a closet.

Although anyone familiar with the hijinks of Vice President Biden isn't surprised by this in the slightest. One of my personal favorites is when he asked State Senator Chuck Graham to "stand up, let the people see you."

For those of you who don't know, Sen Graham is a paraplegic and is confined to a wheelchair.

There's a difference between a speaking gaffe and malice, you fucktard.

Jaric
03-28-2011, 08:31 PM
There's a difference between a speaking gaffe and malice, you ****tard.

Never said it was malice asshole. It's stupidity. He's fucking retarded. If that's not painfully obvious to you it's because you're dumber than he is.

mikey23545
03-29-2011, 06:31 PM
Yep, it's always just a big funny ol' misunderstanding when it's a Democrat, an act of tyranny if it was a Republican.

Anyone ever notice how within minutes of an anti-Obama or anti-Dem post Orange <b>always</b> has a response from some left-leaning (which covers all of the MSM) source? It hardly seems to matter the time of day or the subject, Orange is posting sometimes within moments of the thread starter...

I kinda wonder what Orange actually does for a living.

orange
03-29-2011, 06:49 PM
Yep, it's always just a big funny ol' misunderstanding when it's a Democrat, an act of tyranny if it was a Republican.

Anyone ever notice how within minutes of an anti-Obama or anti-Dem post Orange <b>always</b> has a response from some left-leaning (which covers all of the MSM) source? It hardly seems to matter the time of day or the subject, Orange is posting sometimes within moments of the thread starter...

I kinda wonder what Orange actually does for a living.

Left-leaning sources like EVERYBODY EXCEPT FOX.

You're right about me posting at all hours - insomnia, unfortunately.

As for my job, I get paid $10,000 per post by Soros for working the ChiefsPlanet beat. I thought everyone knew that.

AustinChief
03-29-2011, 06:55 PM
Left-leaning sources like EVERYBODY EXCEPT FOX.

You're right about me posting at all hours - insomnia, unfortunately.

As for my job, I get paid $10,000 per post by Soros for working the ChiefsPlanet beat. I thought everyone knew that.

That reminds me, I need to renegotiate my cut on that!

mlyonsd
03-29-2011, 07:00 PM
As for my job, I get paid $10,000 per post by Soros for working the ChiefsPlanet beat. I thought everyone knew that.

Tell Soros I'll join your side for $100 a post.

orange
03-29-2011, 07:05 PM
Tell Soros I'll join your side for $100 a post.

For that, you couldn't pay the union dues.

mlyonsd
03-29-2011, 07:14 PM
For that, you couldn't pay the union dues.

Son of a ......