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GOP Response To Town Hall Backlash: Ban Recording Devices And Censor Citizen Journalists

Posted by on May. 21, 2011 at 9:00 AM
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GOP Response To Town Hall Backlash: Ban Recording Devices And Censor Citizen Journalists

The premier political story of the past few months has been the Republican plan to dismantle Medicare and the resulting voter backlash. Intown halls across the country, voters are expressing their anger at the GOP priorities ofending Medicare, extending tax breaks for the wealthy, and protecting subsidies for oil companies.

ThinkProgress has reported extensively from town halls in FloridaWisconsinArizona, and elsewhere. In addition, citizen journalists have attended town halls and reported about them online, allowing others who couldn’t attend in person to see the event.

However, some congressmen are concerned about what could happen if citizen journalists repost their town halls on the Internet. At least two members of Congress have taken extraordinary measures to shut down the spread of information.

ThinkProgress readers passed along the following photos, taken outside town halls held by Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) and Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV). Barletta specifically barred citizen journalists and other non-credentialed media from recording the event, while Heck took a more encompassing approach of “no recording devices” at all:

 

When Republicans won back the House in 2010, one of their central promises was “to make Congress more transparent.” However, when it comes to their own congressional events, the same standard apparently does not apply.

Indeed, with members like Lou Barletta and Joe Heck barring citizens from recording the events and preventing those who couldn’t attend from seeing what the congressmen had to say, one has to ask: what are they trying to hide?

UPDATEAt his town hall, Heck reportedly faced a rowdy crowd upset about his vote for the Medicare-ending House Republican budget. When pressed, he backed away from the plan a bit, saying, “I’m not saying it’s the best idea, but it’s the only one and the best being proposed now."
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Stephanie329
by Ruby Member on May. 21, 2011 at 9:03 AM
I say we get out the old fashioned torches and pitchforks.
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Raintree
by Ruby Member on May. 21, 2011 at 9:07 AM

That's not going to happen. Ever.

They can sit and spin.

candlegal
by Judy on May. 21, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Sounds like exactly what Obama has been doing.

BleedinHeartMom
by on May. 21, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Example of Obama doing it? All I hear on this site is hes in front of the camera too much, so which is it?

I think FOX is the only outlet that has been banned from Obama and we all know how snippet news distorts

Della529
by on May. 21, 2011 at 9:16 AM

 Has he banned individuals from recording?

Quoting candlegal:

Sounds like exactly what Obama has been doing.

 

candlegal
by Judy on May. 21, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Obama Administration punishes reporter for using multimedia

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/bronstein/detail?entry_id=87978#ixzz1KvRVpPan

Thomigirl
by Platinum Member on May. 21, 2011 at 9:35 AM

HOW is that Obama banning recording devices during town halls candle - SO not the same.

Quoting candlegal:

Obama Administration punishes reporter for using multimedia

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/bronstein/detail?entry_id=87978#ixzz1KvRVpPan


candlegal
by Judy on May. 21, 2011 at 9:40 AM

I will have to address this later, running out the door.

Quoting Thomigirl:

HOW is that Obama banning recording devices during town halls candle - SO not the same.

Quoting candlegal:

Obama Administration punishes reporter for using multimedia

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/bronstein/detail?entry_id=87978#ixzz1KvRVpPan



Thomigirl
by Platinum Member on May. 21, 2011 at 9:43 AM

How DARE you have a real life outside of Cafe Mom...

Quoting candlegal:

I will have to address this later, running out the door.

Quoting Thomigirl:

HOW is that Obama banning recording devices during town halls candle - SO not the same.

Quoting candlegal:

Obama Administration punishes reporter for using multimedia

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/bronstein/detail?entry_id=87978#ixzz1KvRVpPan




pvtjokerus
by Ruby Member on May. 21, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Wow....look how some try to rewrite history.  Amazing.  Funny, how some choose to ignore the fact pertaining to the close door meetings that the Demos had ..........

Quoting candlegal:

Sounds like exactly what Obama has been doing.


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