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Obama confiscates cellphones from supporters


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In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 7:44:22 AM PDT
That Romney sure selects error prone staff, do we want a president like that?

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 7:45:33 AM PDT
DCSports says:
Good point. They do >>ask<< people to not make recordings at these events. They don't take cell phones. Aids for the Clinton, Huntsman, and Perry campaigns had never heard of this occurring before.

Note: Buzzfeed is the first source in a quick search. I'm not familiar with their work. I did see this same info on other sites yesterday.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/cell-phone-ban-keeps-obama-fundraisers-secret

"At Romney fundraisers, attendees are greeted to signs of "Please, no audio or video recording," and like Obama events, larger fundraisers are open to reporters; a Romney spokesperson, however, told BuzzFeed that their campaign allows donors to keep their phones during fundraisers.

Former aides to presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Rick Perry, and Jon Huntsman all expressed surprise at the practice, and they've never seen an instance where a campaign asked donors to surrender their cell phones.

The former Clinton aide called the Obama policy "absurd," suggesting that the Obama policy is almost certainly a response to the infamous 2008 fundraiser where Obama described voters in rural Pennsylvania as "bitter.""

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 7:49:26 AM PDT
DCSports says:
Do you have evidence to the contrary? And again, it's not the same thing -- but you know that.

Good grief. I know you are smarter than this. Why are you SOOOO in the tank for Obama. Come on! Think for yourself!

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 7:51:23 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 17, 2012, 7:55:13 AM PDT
Llonya says:
Oh, that's just what staff are supposed to do, take the heat.

The whole point is tht campaigns try desparately to control their message and the messenger. It isn't anything new. And just as Romney has private off the record conversations with his donors, so does Obama. And of course the lemming crowd assumes that the Romney decision was the staffs' but the Obama decision was all on Obama. Oh sweet blindness. Terminal ideological myopia.

You know, I don't think it is a good idea to ban cell phones at these events. I don't think it is a good idea to push reporters away from rope lines. The whole point is the rather inane idea that what Obama has done is somehow unique or extraordinary.
I think I made it clear that there was always an inherent tension between campaigns and
Of course Lincoln didn't ban cell phone cameras. Neither did Taft, Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, or Bush41. Wonder why they didn't? ;_)

Trying to control the message is nothing new and simple-minded statements that there is some critical distinction to be made between asking donors to hand in their phones and pushing reporters away from a rope-line or 'asking' that they turn off their cell phones is more than silly. It is childish and petulant behavior.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 7:52:52 AM PDT
Llonya says:
"Think for yourself! "

"Irony is a disciplinarian feared only by those who do not know it, but cherished by those who do."

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 7:53:35 AM PDT
DCSports says:
It is unique. Even Clinton's staff hasn't heard of this practice.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 7:54:43 AM PDT
DCSports says:
You are excellent with the backhanded insults. I'll give you that.

Now channel some of that into independent thought.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 7:56:03 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 17, 2012, 7:56:34 AM PDT
Llonya says:
It wasn't backhanded, it was forehanded.
But I didn't call you a psychopath now did I? I'll leave that up to your little buddy.

"Now channel some of that into independent thought."

More irony.

Posted on May 17, 2012, 7:58:12 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 8:02:31 AM PDT
Bob says:
Public fundraisers for Obama everyone keeps their cellphones.

Its only at fundraisers at private residences does Obama's security team have this policy.

Please answer the question on Mitt's policy at private residences of donors.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 8:06:41 AM PDT
DCSports says:
I did -- see the post above. He doesn't confiscate any phones. Per the staffs interviewed (including Clinton), Obama's campaign is the only one to do this.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 8:11:12 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 17, 2012, 8:12:22 AM PDT
Bob says:
http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/15/11216845-romney-offers-policy-details-at-closed-door-fundraiser?lite

Per this the only reporting we have had on Romney from a "closed door" function was because someone overheard it from the sidewalk.

At private closed door functions we have no idea of what the policy is because reporters are not invited.

I am sorry but in the Bill Clinton era noone could record the entire event and post it on youtube right from their seat at the dinner - 2012 is a new generation of tech. Even more advanced than 2008.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 8:16:06 AM PDT
... feel free to provide some examples where other politicians have confiscated cell phones
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oh,no. Here comes *Cellphonegate*

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 8:46:08 AM PDT
DCSports says:
All politicians have had meetings / fundraisers closed to the press. That wasn't the issue.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 8:47:59 AM PDT
Bob says:
So you are making something out of this. Based on the fact that Clinton had a different cellphone policy way back in the mid 90's?

I might be willing to agree with you that information not coming out of these private events is harmful to the country. I would want both sides to be more open with them.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 8:58:52 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 17, 2012, 9:14:00 AM PDT
DCSports says:
More like 2008. Different Clinton running for president.

I can see some good reasons for placing restrictions on reporters at these events -- not so much to protect the candidate from saying something stupid, but to help protect the privacy of the attendees. Allowing pooled print media and no video would seem to be a good compromise.

Confiscating cell phones though would seem to be a little paranoid.
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