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BY JIM FLINK You're watching multisource politics news analysis from Newsy “The incident exploded onto the blogosphere with headlines like “Biden Locks Reporter in a Closet,” “Biden Thugs Imprison Reporter,” “Reporter Imprisoned.” (ABC) Could it be true? The Vice President of the United States -- a hostage taker? Depending on who you talk to -- yes. Or -- uhh -- well, not really. The scene -- a Democratic fundraiser in Orlando. The Orlando Sentinal’s Scott Powers was sent to represent the media -- and cover Joe Biden’s speech. ABC’s Good Morning America picks up the story from there. (Powers): “The protocol is, they didn’t want me to talk to anybody.” (Matt Gutman): “He waited, and waited, poking his head out a few times. Did you have a little tin car on the bars and asking them, hey, let me out?” (Powers): “I kept opening the door and peeking out trying to see what I could see. I kept being told, go back inside, we’ll let you know when you can come out.” (Gutman): “But he was shooed right back in.” (Powers): “I was in there for over an hour. An hour and 15 minutes before they finally said come on out.” ABC’s Jake Tapper says, while so-called waiting rooms are often provided for reporters at fund-raisers such as this, they’re usually well-equipped holding rooms, not closets. “‘Lack of a better hold room’ is an interesting way of putting it. Powers was the designated pool reporter, there to record the proceedings for the press corps in general. Forcing reporters into closets is generally not the tradition of politicians in the US.” The Drudge Report says while guests paid 500 dollars a plate for deviled eggs and crustini -- Powers was imprisoned with -- consignment goods. “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.’” Reason Magazine expresses righteous indignation at the strong-armed thuggery of Biden’s staff. “The punchline here should be that the vice president's staff did Powers a favor by sparing him another of Biden's rambling, idiotic speeches. The treatment of Powers offended guests who heard about it later, along with the owner of the house, developer Alan Ginsburg, who apologized to the reporter.” But on his own blog, the reporter in question, Powers says -- wow -- the spin-doctors are out of control with this one. “Take a couple details of information, toss them into the Internet and it can become like a child’s game of telephone — with each rendition adding spin and details. Only in this politically-charged environment, those spin and details can crystallize toward scandal. That’s especially true when it involves the vice president of the United States in an administration that has enraged a segment of American society.” The Village Voice notes -- good luck with any real sympathy from any quarters Scott. At least, once the spin doctors are done. It’s take away? “Journalism! It's a glamour industry.” Biden staffers have since apologized to the reporter. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
5 Apr 2011
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