Our transparent government, locking reporters in closets

I have to wonder if anyone is going to have to answer for this or if the media will remain silent and accept this kind of treatment. Be sure and go to Drudge and check out the picture of this pool reporters confinement quarters. This really is unacceptable but expected from the democrats.

From the Drudge Report:

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.”

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7 responses to “Our transparent government, locking reporters in closets

  • AFVET

    The staffer should be fired,…HAH !
    Biden should be given yet another opportunity to make a fool of himself on national TV by reporters that would pee their pants if they were ever forced to throw a hardball question to the court jester.

    This is the closest to a dictatorship in my lifetime that I can remember.

  • nooneofanyimport

    LOL love your title. I think the saddest thing about this is the way the reporter feels the need to downplay the whole thing so that he doesn’t get kicked off the job

  • bydesign001

    This is kidnapping. I am a member of Tea Party Nation, America Coast 2 Coast and the 912 Project – will post a summary there linking back to you Roxy.

    Where is this country going that our government kidnaps and locks down members of the press?

  • samiam60

    Evil is being unleashed upon the world and now there can be no doubt of that. This is going world wide rapidly and even here in the US we are seeing a groundswell of hate, anger and violence. Seems that even the Earth is in a state of rebellion. No one wants to believe the end times could be upon us and yet one has to wonder.

  • Dena

    Let’s see: Someone took this person, against his will, and put him in a guarded room. The legal system has a name for this kind of behavior. Would that be kidnapping by any chance? I hope this reporter has good editors and they go with this reporter to file a complaint.

    We, at least, know that the home owner is a decent person. I’m going to take a giant leap here and suggest that this homeowner would have provided a nice space in a real room for this guy. That is if the operatives had let him in on it, This all comes back to Biden’s handlers. Disgusting individuals.

    • roxannadanna

      Indeed, Dena. Have these guys ever heard of “false imprisonment”? I think this reporter has a good case for, at least that.

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