It sounds utterly preposterous, but stranger things have happened ... in Communist countries, anyway. Scott Powers, a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, says he was kept in the closet -- literally, not figuratively speaking -- for more than an hour by the staff of Vice President Joe Biden during a recent political fundraiser for Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.).
The event was held at the palatial mansion of Alan Ginsburg. Guests had paid $500 a head to hear the politicians and were enjoying cocktails and appetizers, while Powers was put in a closet -- supposedly to keep him from talking to guests. "Sounds like a nice party," he wrote via email to his colleagues back at the paper, including a picture of the cluttered closet to which he was confined for an hour and 15 minutes.
Powers told the Drudge Report a "low-level staffer" kept watch o'er the closet to make sure he didn't escape. "When I'd stick my head out, they'd say, 'Not yet. We'll let you know when you can come out.'"
He got to come out for 35 minutes during the speeches, then was returned to the closet. Powers told the Daily Mail:
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.
Since the event he received an apology from Ginsburg, who said he was unaware of the incident and was embarrassed by it. He also received an apology from Biden's staff, that Powers said he "found far less satisfying than Ginsburg’s."
The veteran reporter told newsmax.com, "As far as I’m concerned, Joe Biden is the first politician who’s kept reporters and fundraiser guests apart.” Whatcha trying to hide Joe?
I worked for years coordinating media for politicians in Washington, D.C., and at the state level, and I've never seen anything of the like. Seriously, he's a REPORTER. How could anyone ever think that a good story would come of out of something like that? You watch your every breath around reporters. You do NOT lock them in closets. Sheesh!
Are you shocked to learn that a reporter would be kept in the closet during a fundraiser? Do you find it outrageous?
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