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I’ve Seen Enough of Obama’s “OPEN” administration

March 26, 2011

I’m getting sick of reading case after case of news management, news suppression, news hiding and more coming from the supposed open Obama admisistration.

The example below from Drudge Report happened today. But it’s not a bit uncommon – unless you read the major media where is simply does not appear or appears and vanishes in a day or less.


Staffers with Vice President Joe Biden confined an
Orlando Sentinel reporter in a closet this week to keep him from mingling with
high-powered guests gathered for a Democratic fundraiser.

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.'”

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.” Powers was closeted at about 11:30 a.m., held for
about an hour and 15 minutes, came out for 35 minutes of remarks by Biden and
Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Democrat, and then returned to his jail for the
remainder of the event.

Powers’ phone didn’t work in the closet, but his
Blackberry did, so he fired a picture of his impromptu prison to his editors,
who posted a short blog item on the lack of freedom of the press under the
veep’s control.

Powers didn’t mention his confinement in either of his
pool reports that day, saying only that “press coverage was limited to a single
pool reporter, filing on behalf of all local media, who was allowed to listen to
the remarks but not given an opportunity to talk with anyone at the

On Friday, Powers said, the home’s owner called him. “He said he
had no idea they’d put me in a closet and was very sorry. He said he was just
following their lead and was extremely embarrassed by the whole thing.”



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