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Joe Biden Wants Male Reporters To Stay In The Closet

March 27, 2011

Originally posted at Newsreal’s That’s What She Said:

At a political fundraiser in Florida, Vice President Joe Biden and/or his staff issued their own Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy against reporter Scott Powers. To ensure that he literally could not ask, nor tell, they locked him in a closet. Can’t have the riff-raff fraternizing amongst the fancy pants guests, now can we?

An aide to Vice President Joe Biden has apologised to a reporter who was locked 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.

Spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander said the decision to hold local reporter Scott Powers there was a ‘mistake’.

And she claimed an inexperienced staffer had put Powers in the closet instead of a ‘hotel room’ as was their normal practice.

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, last week, the veteran reporter was locked away.

Okay, I know the fact that someone was locked in a closet shouldn’t be funny – and I’m sorry reporter dude – but that’s Joe Biden comedy gold.  Oh, the transparency! Also, keeping people in a closet? H8Rs!!!1111  I hope Meghan McCain weighs in!

h/t Ben Domenech

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  1. molten permalink
    March 28, 2011 7:10 pm

    The reporter who was described as “trapped in a closet” or “kidnapped” by Vice President Joe Biden’s staff says the reports that reverberated across the Internet over the weekend dramatically exaggerated the details of his “imprisonment.”

    While working as the pool reporter covering a private fundraiser for Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) last Wednesday at which Biden was speaking, the Orlando Sentinel’s Scott Powers was asked to set up shop in what the vice president’s team called “a room used for storage” until Biden and Nelson delivered their speeches, Powers wrote in an account published Sunday night on the newspaper’s political blog.

    It’s not unusual for reporters covering politicians and candidates to be stuck in odd spaces — dozens following Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign spent several hours in a men’s room in Austin, for instance — but Powers’s 90 minutes in a Florida closet have captured the attention of the right-leaning blogosphere.

    The Drudge Report popped the story big on Saturday, headline blaring: “REPORTER TRAPPED IN A CLOSET.” The Daily Mail picked up the story, as did Pajamas Media and several other right-leaning blogs. In some accounts, Powers and his editors at the Sentinel became part of an effort to cover up and spin the time he spent in dire conditions.

    Powers, for his part, said the whole story has been blown out of proportion and that the accounts alleging he is trying to protect Biden and his staff are “news to me too.”

    Rather, he said, the whole experience was kind of funny to him, a part of doing his job.

    Powers took a photo of his work space — a round glass table and bright yellow chair — amid a backdrop of boxes and items labeled for consignment, and sent it to his editor, who posted it on the newspaper’s politics blog just after noon on Wednesday.

    The editor quipped that the room was Powers’s “temporary prison” and, while “[n]ot looking for sympathy here, the life of a political reporter isn’t all champagne and canapes.”

    The blog item, Powers said, was intended to be “a bit snarky” and some readers let him know that they found it “funny.”

    Biden spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander responded to the blog post with an email to Powers. “Scott — You have our sincere apologies for the lack of a better hold room today,” she said. “ “I am told, once the vice president and Sen. Nelson arrived, the situation was quickly rectified — and hopefully you weren’t waiting too long.”

    In a longer statement, the vice president’s press office elaborated that the “hold room” should not have been 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,” the statement said.

    The owner of the home, Alan Ginsburg, called Powers on Friday to apologize and said he had not known that Powers was covering the event, let alone stuck in the storage room.

    Since then, though, the story has exploded.

    Powers said he hoped that talking to Joe Curl, a blogger who works for Drudge “would end it.” Instead, “it only opened floodgates” as other media sources tried to get their own angles on the story.

    Though he tried to clarify his experience, Powers said, “I discovered that whatever I said was irrelevant to other bloggers and posters who concluded that I was spin-controlling, continuing the cover-up. Some called me a liar and worse.”

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    • ant permalink
      March 29, 2011 1:55 am

      Alan Ginsburg sounds like one of those corporate fat-cats we need to really stick it to. What does Ed Schultz think about Dem politicians hanging out with evil money-makers like that? What is the carbon footprint for a house that has closets big enough to be used as “holding rooms”? Is it bigger than Al Gore’s? Can John “blue-collar” Kerry hide his yacht there? Koch brothers!!! Halliburton!!! We must stop these evil capitalist from trying to stuff money into the pockets of the Democrats! I’m sure they try to resist, but they are forced to take it! Like Obama is forced to insinuate himself into Big Oil and GE. Poor guy. The Dems try to be plain working-class folk and really fight the greedy Republicans for us but the lure of lobster, wine, and chocolate-covered strawberries is just too strong.Oh, mercy, I will say a prayer for their poor state, “May the protectors of the great unwashed never have their personal jets grounded, Amen!”

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