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Orlando Sentinel reporter tells Good Morning America how Vice President Biden's staff stuck him in a closet



powers-hold-room.jpgThere's plenty of newsmakers who probably wouldn't mind shoving troublemaking reporters into a tiny, windowless room to keep them out of trouble.

But Vice President Joe Biden's people actually made good on that wish for Orlando Sentinel reporter Scott Powers, who was stuck in a closet while covering a fundraiser benefiting Florida Senator Bill Nelson for over an hour.

Powers was the "pool" reporter assigned to gather notes for a wide array of news organizations at the Wednesday event.

But when he arrived earlier than the vice president, Biden's staffers stuck him in a closet to keep him from talking to the event's high profile attendees (at right, is a photo Power tweeted of the "holding space" they stuck him in.)

As The St. Petersburg Times dubs Florida Gov. Rick Scott the "prince of darkness" for his ways of using social media and selective press access to limit the media's knowledge of his activities, Powers' treatment became another cautionary tale, as Biden's team apologized for sequestering him in a closet and Powers objected to only being allowed to cover 35 minutes of a two-hour-plus event.

The story hit the national news cycle over the weekend as Powers did more interviews with other outlets; see his interview with Good Morning America below.

Frankly, I thought ABC's computer animated recreation of the incident was almost hilarious as the story itself:


[Last modified: Monday, March 28, 2011 12:51pm]


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