Friday, September 10, 2004

Secret Service hassles reporters during heckling at Bush rally

From Romenesko:
One Secret Service agent complained to a colleague that "the press is having a field day" with AIDS activists disrupting a Bush event in Pennsylvania. "The agents quickly clamped down," writes [the Washington Post's] Dana Milbank. "Journalists were told that if they sought to approach the demonstrators, they would not be allowed to return to the event site -- even though their colleagues were free to come and go. A reporter who was blocked from returning to the speech was told by an agent that this was punishment for approaching the demonstrators and that there was a "different set of rules" for reporters who did not seek out the activists.
That "different set of rules" is available here.

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