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Biden Staff Forced Journalist To Delete Photos

From CBS DC affiliate, WNEW:

Biden Press Office Apologizes For Demanding Student Journalist Delete Photographs

March 13, 2013

ROCKVILLE, Md. (CBSDC) – Vice President Joe Biden’s press office has apologized to the University of Maryland following “pure intimidation” demands for a student journalist to delete photos he took of a domestic violence event featuring Biden.

As always, we only hear about these scandals when they have been apologized for. Even though, as usual, the ‘apology’ turns out not to be an apology at all. (As we will learn in the final paragraph of this article.)

Anyway, it would seem that the Vice President’s treatment of the press is not all that different from the White House’s.

College Park Patch reports that a credentialed student from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, Jeremy Barr, was snapping photos at the Rockville event when a Biden staffer began interrogating the student.

“Did you take any photos during the event,” Barr said he was asked by Biden staffer Dana Rosenzweig. “I need to see your camera right now,” she reportedly said after Barr confirmed he had taken photographs of the event that also featured Attorney General Eric Holder and Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin.

The Biden staffer then requested to watch Barr delete his photos, Barr complied, and then the staffer reportedly asked him to show her his iPhone to confirm he did not save any of the photos.

“I assumed that I’d violated a protocol,” Barr told College Park Patch. “I gave her the benefit of the doubt that she was following proper procedures.”

Lest we forget, the Democrat Party actually pays people to follow Republicans around with cameras, hoping to catch them making gaffes. (Such as Todd Akin’s “rape comments.”) And yet they do everything in their power to protect their own, even if it involves making up “protocols.”

Biden’s Press Secretary Kendra Barkoff declined to speak on the record about the event, and staffer Rosenzweig did not return calls for the Capital News Service — the student-run publication operated by the journalism school.

Biden’s apology came after a formal complaint was filed with his press office by the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism’s dean, Lucy A. Dalglish.

That is, they only ‘apologized’ when this became public. And, again, it was not an apology at all:

“This was pure intimidation,” Dalglish told College Park Patch, adding that, “It’s clear from the circumstance that the journalist did nothing wrong.” Dalglish said Barkoff apologized to her and student journalist Barr in separate phone conversations.

Dalglish said Barkoff had told her the incident was a “total miscommunication,” and said that it is never press office policy to request a reporter to delete their photographs.

That is not an apology. That is a denial.

But it’s the way Democrats always ‘apologize’ — by claiming the victim was just too stupid to understand what really happened.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, March 15th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Biden Staff Forced Journalist To Delete Photos”

  1. Liberals Demise

    They might as well continue their attack on the Constition
    seeing they have most of the Fourth Estate in their pockets.
    (Including pictures)

  2. canary

    VP Joe Biden’s staffer Dana Rosenzweig can not be identified at this time.

    Could this be the reason the unidentified Dana Rosenweig unlawfully confiscated and destroyed Journalist Jeremy Barr’s photos, and Biden’s Press Secretary Kendra clamped up.

  3. Isn’t this what the old Communist regimes behind the IRON CURTAIN would do?




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