Monday, March 28, 2011

Scott Powers: More Coward Than Man...

Yeah, that's right. Scott Powers is the Orlando Sentinel reporter who was stuffed in a closet during a Joe Biden fundraiser held at a private home, because his staffers didn't want the media there. Here's the long and short of it:

As the unaware $500-a-head invitees dined on caprese crostini with oven-dried mozzarella and basil, rosemary flatbread with grapes honey and gorgonzola cheese, grilled chicken Caesar and garden vegetable wraps, veteran reporter Scott Powers was locked away.
The Orlando Sentinel reporter was ushered into the closet inside wealthy property developer Alan Ginsburg’s Winter Falls mansion, after being told that Joe Biden and Senator Bill Nelson had not yet arrived. T

hey were due to speak to the audience to raise money for the 2012 elections. He was told he could only come out when the politicians were ready to give their speeches. Veteran reporter Scott Powers was locked in the closet for most of the event.

He emailed from inside ‘sounds like a nice party’.

After 90 minutes he was allowed out to hear Biden and Nelson speak for 35 minutes, before being taken back to the closet for the remainder of the event.
Where the party of the people goes to pocket some some cash, imprison reporters, and play a little tennis...Alan Ginsberg's mansion. Hey, he can afford the carbon credits, I suppose....

Why would any man allow himself to be locked in a closet, no less a man whose profession is based upon shining light into the corridors of power? Why didn't Scott Powers call 911 from inside the closet? As he reportedly sent emails from inside, he obviously had cell coverage. Why, upon his release, did he not demand audience with Biden or Nelson to report the crime? Or at least threaten a lawsuit? And why did the Orlando Sentinel refuse to allow him to publish the story?

Many questions, but just one answer. Access to power. Scott Powers knew that if he raised a stink either during or after his imprisonment, he would likely be barred from future events. The Sentinel knew that if they publicized this Third-World treatment of the American media by the Democratic party, they too would lose their access to scoops from various Washington insiders. So they allowed a felony to go unreported in order to keep what they felt was their most valuable possession: again, access to power.

It's a game the Obama White House plays constantly. Chris Wallace pointed it out just yesterday on FOX News Sunday, asking (rhetorically) why the administration sent Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates to talk about Libya on every other Sunday talk show except theirs. Well, that's what happens when you don't play along with the Obama administration. Get your access cut off, or get locked in a closet. or both, if you complain about it.

Scott Powers could have taken this opportunity to expose one of the ugly truths about the thuggishness of the Obama administration - the threats, fear-mongering, and literal imprisonment that takes place when you disobey or disrupt the party in any way. He could have done his journalistic duty and shined a light into a very dark moment in American history, a moment that is still unfolding. He could have made a difference.

Instead, it appears as if Scott Powers decided the most important thing he could do was take care of Scott Power's career, and thus put a good natured smiley-face on a criminal act, albeit one committed by a criminal syndicate that he apparently is sympathetic with. Out the window goes accountability, but access to power is kept close to the vest.

Don't be surprised if you see Scott Power's byline, by the way, next to an exclusive interview with either Biden or Obama himself. Cowards are easy to buy off, after all...

1 comment:

Atlanta Roofing said...

What I want to know is what was going on in there that they didn’t want reported? Or who was there that they didn’t want the people to know about.