Biden staff apologizes for keeping reporter in closet

By David Edwards
Monday, March 28, 2011 9:36 EDT
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Vice President Joe Biden’s communication team had to make an unusual apology last week for forcing a reporter to stay in closet.

During a fundraiser at the Florida home of Alan Ginsburg, Biden’s staff escorted Orlando Sentinel reporter Scott Powers to a closet and asked him to stay there.

“Turns out the veep hadn’t arrived, but about 150 guests (minimum donation $500) were already in the house,” according to the Sentinel. “So to prevent Scott from mingling with the crowd, a member of Biden’s advance team consigned him to a storage closet — and then stood outside the door to make sure he didn’t walk out without permission.”

“The protocol is, they didn’t want me talking to anybody,” Powers told ABC News. “They finally said after an hour or 45 minutes, come on out.”

The Biden team apologized Wednesday afternoon.

“Scott – You have our sincere apologies for the lack of a better hold room today,” Vice President Biden spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander wrote.

The incident produced sensational headlines around the blogosphere.

“Biden Locks Reporter in Closet,” was the headline at the Fox News blog Fox Nation.

Reason magazine chose to use “Biden Thugs Imprison Reporter.”

“At fundraisers like that, you may be put in a bedroom, a small room, but a storage closet?” ABC’s George Stephanopoulos noted Monday. “That’s why they had to apologize.”

This video is from ABC’s Good Morning America, broadcast March 28, 2011.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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