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article imageScott Powers speaks out on his closet captivity at Biden event

By Michael Krebs     Mar 28, 2011 in Politics
Scott Powers, the Orlando Sentinel reporter who was detained awkwardly in a closet at a fundraiser for US Vice President Joe Biden, spoke out about his ordeal on Monday.
In what appeared to be a strange and disrespectful treatment of an American journalist, the staff of US Vice President Joe Biden held Scott Powers, a veteran Orlando Sentinel reporter, in a storage closet for hours. The staff's reasoning behind the odd imprisonment was that Mr. Powers was not allowed to speak to the $500-a-plate guests.
On Monday, Scott Powers shared his story with ABC's "Good Morning America," saying: "The protocol is they didn't want me to talk to anybody," according to a report in the Chicago Trbune.
However, Powers detailed the disconcerting experience in an Orlando Sentinel blog entry.
"I was kidnapped," Scott wrote. "That was news to me. My paper and I conspired to cover this up, to protect Vice President Joe Biden and his staff from charges they had imprisoned me at a fundraiser last week. That was news to me too."
Powers then explained how events had unfolded, the closet seeming more like an accommodating storage room.
"I called it a closet, because it was stuffed with shelves, boxes, baskets and other items in storage, and it felt like a closet," he wrote. "The vice president’s office called it a room used for storage. It had a light, a window somewhere in the back behind the shelves full of boxes, and a few square feet of open space in the front. They set up a small table and a chair for me. They offered me food, which I declined, and brought me a bottle of water. They closed the door. I sat to wait, mistakenly thinking it would be only a few minutes. The door wasn’t locked, though every time I opened it and stepped out to see what was going on a staffer told me I couldn’t come out yet. He’d let me know."
Powers further detailed how he had taken a picture of his environment and emailed it to his office, where it was posted with his original commentary: "Sounds like a nice party."
His Sunday night blog entry credited the blogosphere with taking the story to a new level, however in comments Powers made to Drudge Report, his frustration at his mistreatment seemed closer to his original state of mind: "It was frustrating and annoying that I was not given a chance to do my job fully and properly," Powers said. "This was an extreme, and extremely inappropriate way of handling the press… it was essentially a rude and uncomfortable way to treat a reporter."
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