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Too Goofy to Check: Reporter Held in Closet at Biden Fundraiser

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:41 am


The White House website proudly says ‘President Obama is committed to creating the most open and accessible administration in American history.’

But try telling Vice President Joe Biden’s staff that, after they held a local reporter 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.

Follow the link for a picture of the inside of the closet and more details.

The Orlando Sentinel reporter was ushered into the closet inside wealthy property developer Alan Ginsburg’s Winter Falls mansion, after being told that Joe Biden and Senator Bill Nelson had not yet arrived. . . . He was told he could only come out when the politicians were ready to give their speeches.

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.”’

Your punchline below.

35 Responses to “Too Goofy to Check: Reporter Held in Closet at Biden Fundraiser”

  1. I wonder if this has anything to do with Biden’s silence on Libya. Some are speculating that Biden opposed the Libyan “kinetic military action” and has been “sent to Coventry

    Rodan (03e5c2)

  2. What if a repub did this?

    BTW i’am watching a movie which portrays those against illegal immigration as nazis.

    DohBiden (984d23)

  3. I don’t think anyone opposed to illegal immigration is a nazi.

    DohBiden (984d23)

  4. To be fair, DohBiden, some people who are opposed to illegal immigration are also nazis. There’s lots of dumb people in the country.

    But don’t forget, some people who are opposed to AIDS are also nazis. (I think the majority of nazis are actually FOR AIDS, however).

    Newtons.Bit (922da8)

  5. Oh, I’m sure there are Nazis who are against illegal immigration…

    Milhouse (ea66e3)

  6. Nazi’s are for illegal immigration… They illegally immigrated all over Europe, Asia, and North Africa a few decades ago…

    BfC (ffa9b4)

  7. Yeah millhouse according to them only whites get to illegally cross the border. BTW the Nazis were not right wing.

    DohBiden (984d23)

  8. Back then, American, Briton, and (many) French politicians were against illegal immigration.

    BfC (ffa9b4)

  9. So why is it considered to be anti-immigration if you oppose illegal immigration?

    And btw why does biden not want this guy to come out of the closet? 😉

    DohBiden (984d23)

  10. Biden and his people have no class whatsoever – which is fitting cause Barack and Michelle are also terribly low-rent themselves … this is a very real window into how they think people can quite properly be treated I think

    happyfeet (ab5779)

  11. no you should have added i know at the end happy.

    DohBiden (984d23)

  12. Reporters in the closet for Democrats why not?

    They’re already in the tank.

    madawaskan (fd190b)

  13. I doubt this went down the way that it is being suggested. He might have been prohibited from mingling with the guests, but was he prohibited from just leaving? If not, this whole thing is an exaggeration by a reporter who was annoyed by his lack of access. If they did prohibit him from leaving and actually held him captive, then all he has to do is go have a word with the cops, and heads will roll.

    Anon Y. Mous (256b6a)

  14. it’s not an exaggeration the Bidentrash were trying to isolate the press from talking to the people what were in attendance … it’s kinda like when you have a ho over to your doublewide and you make her hide in the shower til your baby mama leaves

    happyfeet (ab5779)

  15. Anon Y. Mous,

    In reading the full text of the article, it doesn’t appear he was prevented from leaving nor did he or the article suggest that. Given he was the only reporter at the event, it is shocking that they would treat him this way. Clearly it doesn’t reflect well on this administration or Biden’s staff who enforced this policy.

    I’m curious to hear if there have been any other fundraisers where this hampering of the press has occurred.

    Dana (9f3823)

  16. Is there a link to the photos from the closet?

    JD (318f81)

  17. This was taken with the reporter’s cell phone.

    Dana (9f3823)

  18. I think everyone-even Milhouse -has missed the point.Is there a maximum IQ -say 80 ? above which aides aren’t hired by VP Biden ,because it’s too threatening to him.That could explain the whole thing.the other possibility,His Dread Lord,Karl,has finally perfected his Mind Control Device

    corwin (35b5f0)

  19. Rove you magnificent bastage.

    DohBiden (984d23)

  20. Does every political fundraiser allow unfettered access to the press?

    I thought not.

    They let him watch the speech, but otherwise restricted his access to the private residence in question. When he saw that instead of sticking him in something like a spare bedroom or something, they had designated a closet as his waiting area, he could have left. He decided to stay, and at certain points, stick his head out to see if the politicos had arrived yet.

    He was not locked in a closet or kidnapped, as some of the news articles suggest. If he had any balls, he would have just left if he felt he was not being shown the respect he was due.

    Personally, I think he was treated with all the dignity he deserved, although it was probably a misstep politically for Biden & Co.

    Anon Y. Mous (256b6a)

  21. This is what Biden gets for hiring Charlie Sheen as a press secretary. [/rimshot]

    qdpsteve (f1c59f)

  22. It’s not like the paper in question is a right wing rag. (It’s that same people that own the Balt. Sun.) That is what makes this so funny. Biden’s boys can’t trust his comments anywhere. And plese note that this hasn’t been seen on the MSM.

    Cheshirecat (0cd6a2)

  23. It’s not like the paper in question is a right wing rag. (It’s that same people that own the Balt. Sun.) That is what makes this so funny. Biden’s boys can’t trust his comments anywhere. And please note that this hasn’t been seen on the MSM.

    Cheshirecat (0cd6a2)

  24. Check the pocket for the union label.

    Vermont Neighbor (352bcf)

  25. So when will the reporter come out of the closet Patterico?

    DohBiden (984d23)

  26. Were John Travolta and Tom Cruise in there, too?

    Icy Texan (5a9fe7)

  27. Ah yes — it’s called “controlling the narrative”.

    Icy Texan (5a9fe7)

  28. Kal Penn and Reggie Love… come on out & write your tell-alls.

    Vermont Neighbor (17012e)

  29. Well they will give democraps the benefit of the doubt on this one.

    Just like how they believe Anita Hill when she said Clarence Thomas sexually harrassed her but would throw her under the bus if she dared to criticize Billy Clinton The first black president.

    DohBiden (984d23)

  30. Consider it checked. The Biden camp has officially apologized to the reporter. Now, what the heck was it they were trying to hide? Sadly, we will never know.


    jdow (bcdcf2)

  31. The funny thing is the guy works for the Orlando Sentinel, which by the way is owned by the same group that owns the Baltimore Sun, the paper that makes WAPO look conservative. No doubt this is the reason the paper was being so kind to Biden.


    Cheshirecat (02cf42)

  32. so i am wondering… what are we talking about here. politely saying, “we don’t want you here, yet”? or actual unlawful imprisonment?

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  33. Well, I’ve heard of the captive media, but this is ridiculous. At what point do you open the door to the closet and walk out? Maybe he should have agreed to sign an oath not to talk to the guests, or something. And whoever owns that closet, you need to do some serious decluttering.

    Rochf (f3fbb0)

  34. Funny! But also wrong.

    Hm (8ec277)

  35. I wonder why Biden’s staff would be this retarded.

    Hm (f24b2e)

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