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posted by martyb on Thursday May 11 2017, @05:15PM   Printer-friendly
from the paying-the-price-for-freedom-of-the-press dept.

[Public News Service of West Virginia Reporter Daniel Ralph Heyman] has been arrested and charged with "disruption of government services" in the state capitol for "yelling questions" at visiting Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price and White House senior advisor Kellyanne Conway.

[...] "The above defendant was aggressively breaching the secret service agents to the point where the agents were forced to remove him a couple of times from the area walking up the hallway in the main building of the Capitol," the complaint states. It adds Heyman caused a disturbance by "yelling questions at Ms. Conway and Secretary Price."

The misdemeanor carries a possible fine of $100 and up to six months in jail.

[...] The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia called the charges "outrageous" and said the arrest was "a blatant attempt to chill an independent, free press."

"Freedom of the press is being eroded every day, " it said in a statement. "We have a president who calls the media 'fake news' and resists transparency at every turn."

The statement said this is a "dangerous time in the country."

Price and Conway were in West Virginia to discuss opioid addiction in the state, which has the highest drug overdose death rate in the nation.

LINK: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/05/10/w-virginia-reporter-arrested-yelling-questions-visiting-hhs-secretary-tom-price/101503242/#


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  • (Score: 0, Troll) by jmorris on Thursday May 11 2017, @07:01PM (5 children)

    by jmorris (4844) on Thursday May 11 2017, @07:01PM (#508246)

    The actual website looks like it was designed twenty years ago but only claims 2007 for a start. You didn't think I posted without doing a quick Google search? You must be new around here. :)

    They have to get their jobs done...

    Their need isn't an enforceable demand on anyone else, they can behave like civilized people or be treated as the filthy animals they seem to be. We have no journalists and it is time everyone accepted that. For them journalism is not a profession, it is merely a tactic.

    The reporter was mildly aggressive when dealing with dishonest government representatives.

    The aggression is apparently (assuming video doesn't come out with a different set of facts) a fact, the dishonest is an assertion without evidence. You might want to learn the difference. Price hasn't even been in office long enough to support such a claim, especially since you don't (and won't) provide any evidence other than your own rage. You lost, suck it up buttercup.

    It is like the "Russia! Russia! Russia!" idiocy. It has been about six months now and when questioned everyone in any position of power on the Left admits there is no evidence but instantly goes for the "There is as yet no evidence, which is why we must investigate, we must have a special prosecutor." Sorry, doesn't work that way, we don't do "Prosecute now, evidence later." Find some evidence or shut the hell up.

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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 11 2017, @07:29PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 11 2017, @07:29PM (#508257)

    The actual website looks like it was designed twenty years ago but only claims 2007 for a start. You didn't think I posted without doing a quick Google search? You must be new around here. :)

    I'm not new around here. That's why it was no surprise to me that your "quick google search" was bogus as shit.
    The West Virginia bureau of the Public News Service was launched in 2007. The organization itself is 20 years old as the banner on their website says. Their website also says:

    Last year the Public News Service produced over 4,000 stories featuring multiplatform public interest content that was picked up and re-distributed 100s of 1,000s of times on websites, local print outlets, radio and TV stations, plus on mobile devices. 1,000s of other websites and mobile devices. Nationally, an average of 60 outlets used each story.
    http://www.publicnewsservice.org/about/mission.php [publicnewsservice.org]

    Currently, tens of thousands of media outlets receive our content and more than 8,000 nationally are regularly using our stories, reaching a combined national weekly audience of Over 40 Million.
    ...
    we manage independent news services in 36 states.

    http://www.publicnewsservice.org/about.php [publicnewsservice.org]

  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by bob_super on Thursday May 11 2017, @07:38PM

    by bob_super (1357) on Thursday May 11 2017, @07:38PM (#508266)

    > We have no journalists and it is time everyone accepted that.

    Says who?
    Freelance journalists have always existed. They used to publish in papers, now they can publish online.
    The clowns on TV are not doing journalism, but that doesn't mean that no person ever does. You constitutional don't need a card to be a journalist.

    > we don't do "Prosecute now, evidence later." Find some evidence or shut the hell up

    Tell that to the 7 panels which investigated Benghazi after the first two said they didn't find any evidence...

    The Republican-controlled Congress is "investigating" Russian interference in the 2016 US election. While most R members toe the line and ask useless questions to pass the time, they haven't killed the panel or stopped the subpoenas...
    Whether they're looking for ammo against Trump (they'd like Pence better), worry about their next campaign being hacked, or can't properly bury the whole thing without looking extra bad, it's still not a liberal conspiracy when Hillary-killer Comey and the House and Senate Republicans are the one running the investigation.

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 11 2017, @08:27PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 11 2017, @08:27PM (#508301)

    "Russia! Russia! Russia!" idiocy.

    It is hard to keep an investigation when every time is picks up steam, another person gets fired by the people being investigated.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 12 2017, @12:11AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 12 2017, @12:11AM (#508402)

    Boot stomping fascist rubber stamping government abuse. Awesome job, keep it up. Or better yet, retire early to an island without modern communications and save us from your bullshit.

    Trump's war on the media is finally resulting in some actual scary abuse. He was YELLING sir, lock him up he hurt my feewings!

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 12 2017, @03:33PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 12 2017, @03:33PM (#508659)

    You didn't think I posted without doing a quick Google search? You must be new around here.

    I've been here since very near the beginning and not doing a Google search has never stopped you from spewing nonsense before.

    Plugging post-fact search terms into Google and finding alt-right fake news websites to "confirm" your claims is NOT a proper Google search.