Quotes of the day

posted at 9:00 pm on March 27, 2011 by Allahpundit

“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.’”

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“Powers has all the details, even pictures of the inside of the closet where he was held; but it appears the Sentinel editors have refused to let him report on all the details of what some are calling a kidnapping! There was a very brief, and very ‘vanilla’ mention of the incident in Thursday’s paper. One attendee later emailed the Sentinel to say ‘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.’

“Despite this outrage, Sentinel editors have dropped the story.”

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“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.’

“Powers said of his treatment: ‘It was frustrating and annoying that I was not given a chance to do my job fully and properly.

“‘This was an extreme, and extremely inappropriate way of handling the press… it was essentially a rude and uncomfortable way to treat a reporter.’”

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“‘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…

“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.”

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“I know that people will find this story funny on first read, and superficially it is. But there’s a problem here, and it exists on a somewhat deeper level than the assault on the dignity of a member of the Fourth Estate. You see, who told Biden’s staff that they had the right to sequester a reporter in another man’s home?

“Time and again we’ve seen an institutional arrogance from these people: one that may have been… well, not justifiable. But certainly unsurprising when the President is enjoying an average 63% approval rating; but at 48%? Not so much. But the administration’s worker drones are still not particularly interested in learning better, either – as one particular detail about the situation shows. You see, when Ginsburg found out about the mess he called the reporter to personally apologize and admit his embarrassment. Because that’s what you do.

“Unless you work in Biden’s office: in that case, you just send an email.”

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“Powers was not a James O’Keefe-style prankster or a Reason TV crew there to make fun of people. He was the designated pool reporter for the mainstream media. That Powers complied in his own marginalization reflects poorly on those folks (who knows how much ritualistic nude dancing and human sacrifice he missed by only being present for the official announcements?), but it doesn’t excuse the administration’s extension of the ‘free speech zone’ principle to the established press, or its abuse of Ginsburg’s hospitality. This is how the ‘most open and accessible administration in American history’ treats accredited news organizations. Imagine how open they are with people who disagree with them.”


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I mean, Vodka is good stuff, not “I can only drink good stuff”.

Geochelone on March 28, 2011 at 4:36 AM

Lolz.
I still have some, just can’t drink before work.

OmahaConservative on March 28, 2011 at 4:39 AM

Yep. I knew what you meant.

OmahaConservative on March 28, 2011 at 4:40 AM

This is a poster over at the ABC blog:

I don’t think this is standard practice, but I think Jake is too polite to call it out directly.

Jake has been on the white house press pool for a few years now, mr. Powers is an experienced reporter as well – they thought it noteworty/unusual – I trust their judgemet on this.

The reporter tried to leave the room, but was kept in it by someone ‘watching the door.’ If this was SOP, why did Mr. Powers think he could leave?

Finally, if this was SOP for the VP press pool reporters, why would Team Biden feel the need for apologizing? Why would they make efforts to assure Mr. Powers that ‘they have taken steps to ensure this never happens again’?

No this was unusual & noteworthy, it’s no where near a crime, but it reveals a mindset that Team Biden have w/r/t the press.

Posted by: n2vip | Mar 27, 2011 9:54:09 PM

Very good points. This’ll all be hushed up and swept under the rug by the press itself.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on March 28, 2011 at 5:26 AM

Aslans Girl on March 28, 2011 at 5:26 AM

What’s that I hear? Crickets chirping?

OmahaConservative on March 28, 2011 at 5:28 AM

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.

Yuck. The eggs are the only thing I’d eat. Maybe the wraps…

OmahaConservative on March 28, 2011 at 5:34 AM

“Powers was not a James O’Keefe-style prankster or a Reason TV crew there to make fun of people. He was the designated pool reporter for the mainstream media.

ooh. status/

ted c on March 28, 2011 at 5:49 AM

You know what’s sad? We’re more upset about this than the reporters.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on March 28, 2011 at 6:03 AM

“We” have all become puppets now, in this charade once known as a republic.

Rovin on March 28, 2011 at 6:28 AM

The MFM reporters should note this treatment by the cooperation between the VP’s team and the ‘philanthropist’:

The media are useful tools during campaigns, and it is a privilege to be let out to cover other events done by their betters.

And MFM reporters should stop looking for the money on the nightstand – it isn’t there. You sold more than your coverage during 2008, you sold yourselves out along with your morals and ethics. That has gone beyond prostitution, now, you are just useful servants, nothing more, nothing less.

ajacksonian on March 28, 2011 at 6:30 AM

‘This was the unfortunate mistake of an inexperienced staffer and the vice president’s office has made sure it will never happen again,’ she said.

Just how “inexperienced” does one need to be “to not know” a “closet” is “not a room”?

“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.”

“An open space in a closet”? Right……………

“She said pool reporters are usually given ‘hotel rooms’ when the Vice President speaks at private homes.”

Right,,, got it, ‘hotel rooms’ and private homes.

“She explained that the closet was chosen because of its ‘close proximity’ to the room where Mr Biden was speaking”

So how does the reporter at a hotel, get to the private home before the VP done speaking?

“But she clarified: ‘A hotel room, however, should not be a storage room’.”

Wild guess here, but I’d bet hotel owners know that, the problem is you just now realized this?

DSchoen on March 28, 2011 at 6:35 AM

Sorry to hijack the thread but AP we need this highlighted here.

Looks like Bachmann made Palin look like a Moderate!!!

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/51985.html

Wowzer, more RED MEAT firebreathing, take it too the Wrecking Ball LEADERSHIP Michelle B!!!!

PappyD61 on March 28, 2011 at 6:55 AM

No big deal. Par for the course, from the leftist trash. Today’s J-School graduates will just bend over, and ask for another.

Remember a time before Journalism became an employment agency for leftist trash, and would explode in mass at such treatment?

MNHawk on March 28, 2011 at 6:59 AM

good morning :)

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 7:09 AM

“Despite this outrage, Sentinel editors have dropped the story.”

and the mindset is out on display….if there is a D next to their name, no worries…all is well

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 7:13 AM

Well, I guess the story is Joe was there supporting Bill Nelson for re-election for Senator from Florida. So who is the Tea Party Candidate? If I remember correctly – and it was just one or two weeks ago – this is the slot that the genius Senator (unfortunately I’ve voted for him in every race he’s been in back to judge) Cornyn was courting Joe Scarborough for.

Marcus on March 28, 2011 at 7:25 AM

Sorry to hijack the thread but AP we need this highlighted here.

Looks like Bachmann made Palin look like a Moderate!!!

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/51985.html

Wowzer, more RED MEAT firebreathing, take it too the Wrecking Ball LEADERSHIP Michelle B!!!!

PappyD61 on March 28, 2011 at 6:55 AM

PappyD61:Excellent Intell scoop,here the video!!:)
=========================================================

Michele Bachmann spoke at the Conservatives Principles Political Action Committee Conference in Des Moines, Iowa.
March 26 2011(Video-26.28)
*****************************

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/PACConf

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 7:31 AM

Marcus on March 28, 2011 at 7:25 AM

joe’s away so the mice will play…what little balance they have when joe’s in the house is totally gone…

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 7:33 AM

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 7:33 AM

?Mika in charge?
No. Thank. You.
I did tune in a couple seconds to see Politico’s Mike Allen bounce up and down and spit and bug-eye that Republicans should choose Huntsman – so Allen says he is a big ObamaCare and Crap and Tax coal cutting supporter. Well, I’m sold! Let’s choose him.

Marcus on March 28, 2011 at 7:39 AM

Does anyone out there even want to try to imagine the general reaction of the MSM if this little incident had occured at the time when the VP happened to be one Dick Cheney?

Think the media would be dismissing this story or joking about it if that had been the case here?

pilamaye on March 28, 2011 at 7:41 AM

Well, I’m sold! Let’s choose him.

Marcus on March 28, 2011 at 7:39 AM

heh

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 7:53 AM

pilamaye on March 28, 2011 at 7:41 AM

this would be 24/7 outrage…

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 7:53 AM

Must read:

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/news_politics/2011/03/how-my-wait-in-a-closet-almost-brought-down-the-white-house.html

Purple Fury on March 27, 2011 at 11:55 PM

But he was given a bottle of water and offered food. What more could you ask for?

/wonder if the “food” was bread?

AZfederalist on March 28, 2011 at 12:57 AM

I wonder if the “Water” was KoolAid.

Naturally Curly on March 28, 2011 at 8:12 AM

It sounds like we need more bloggers with concealed cameras and recording equipment in those fundraisers. That “bitter clingers” remark from 2008 may have just scratched the surface.

bitsy on March 28, 2011 at 8:27 AM

It is kidnapping. It’s a felony.

rbj on March 28, 2011 at 8:56 AM

bitsy on March 28, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Yep, that the bitter clingers faux pas occurred at a fund raiser, which could explain the extreme measures they take. But for ‘bloggers’ and such to attend they’d need deep pockets to be able to pay the entry fee.

Buy Danish on March 28, 2011 at 9:13 AM

This is how the ‘most open and accessible administration in American history’ treats accredited news organizations.

The very fact that Powers own bosses are covering this up….my opinion stands. They are no longer an accredited news organization, but an accesssory after the fact.

capejasmine on March 28, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Sorry, I can only laugh at and mock the eunuchs in the so-called mainstream media. They castrate themselves before their idols, the imbecile Democraps, and occasionally whine about the appointments in the basement they are chained within.

Powers deserves no better than a closet that he would willingly be locked inside. And his peers will swallow their tongues on this story, just as his Obama-sucking employer has.

Jaibones on March 28, 2011 at 10:10 AM

A real man — pardon me, a real journalist of any race or gender — would have been carried out of Ginsburg’s home in handcuffs, screaming threats and obscenities and breaking windows and furniture.

Jaibones on March 28, 2011 at 10:11 AM

The MSM has little choice but to treat this as small potatoes. They know how spiteful and vindictive this regime is, and they want continued access…even if it’s from a locked closet or broom cupboard. Keep that firm lip-lock, MSM. You’ll regret it if you don’t.

SKYFOX on March 28, 2011 at 10:30 AM

The ObaMao administration has been controlling the message even during the campaign. Remember the HuffPo attendee at the San Francisco event who caught the “clinging to their Bibles and guns” message? Have there been any slip ups since then?

Biden is a loose cannon. There were likely plenty of good soundbites that are lost to posterity from that Florida event because the reporter was complicit in his own silencing.

onlineanalyst on March 28, 2011 at 10:41 AM

To repeat myself from last night, -why the bizarre navel-gazing on the semi-legal lockup of the reporter, when the real story should be what or who were they hiding from him?

slickwillie2001 on March 28, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Imagine the press coverage if it had been Darth Vader Cheney who had the pool reporter locked up for hours while he was visiting this hoity toity event.

eaglewingz08 on March 28, 2011 at 11:23 AM

…the assault on the dignity of a member of the Fourth Estate.

The MSM morons don’t have any dignity, and they demonstrate that fact every day. I also have no sympathy for this dumba$$ reporter who allowed Biden’s staff scum to jail him in a closet. I would enjoy a kidnapping indictment against Biden’s staff though.

woodNfish on March 28, 2011 at 12:57 PM

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