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posted by martyb on Saturday May 20 2017, @07:36PM   Printer-friendly
from the shouting-questions-in-a-crowded-hallway dept.

John M. Donnelly, a senior writer at CQ Roll Call, said he was trying to talk with FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly one-on-one after a news conference when two plainclothes guards pinned him against a wall with the backs of their bodies.

Washington Post

“Not only did they get in between me and O’Rielly but they put their shoulders together and simultaneously backed me up into the wall and pinned me to the wall for about 10 seconds just as I started to say, “Commissioner O’Rielly, I have a question,” Donnelly said Friday.

Donnelly said he was stopped long enough to allow O’Rielly to walk away.

Los Angeles Times

Donnelly, who also happens to be chair of the National Press Club Press Freedom team, said he was then forced out of the building after being asked why he had not posed his question during the news conference.

O'Rielly apologized to Donnelly on Twitter, saying he didn't recognize Donnelly in the hallway. "I saw security put themselves between you, me and my staff. I didn't see anyone put a hand on you. I'm sorry this occurred."


According to the publication for which the reporter works (archived copy),

Senators, including Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley, are warning the Federal Communications Commission about its treatment of reporters after a CQ Roll Call reporter was manhandled Thursday.

“The Federal Communications Commission needs to take a hard look at why this happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again. As The Washington Post pointed out, it’s standard operating procedure for reporters to ask questions of public officials after meetings and news conferences,” the Iowa Republican said. “It happens all day, every day. There’s no good reason to put hands on a reporter who’s doing his or her job.”

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  • (Score: 4, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 20 2017, @08:04PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 20 2017, @08:04PM (#512696)

    Oh look! Derp's here celebrating censorship. Where is the mighty blubberer to put him in his place? Freedom of speech is the most important thing of them all!!!!

    And Derp? Apparently you can't read either, "pinned me to the wall" is assault.

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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by frojack on Saturday May 20 2017, @08:20PM

    by frojack (1554) on Saturday May 20 2017, @08:20PM (#512700) Journal

    Oh look, its buthurt's anonymous alter ego venting his outrage.

    No, you are mistaken. I've always had this sig.
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 20 2017, @09:13PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 20 2017, @09:13PM (#512734)

    -1 faggotry

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 20 2017, @10:44PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 20 2017, @10:44PM (#512762)

    "pinned me to the wall" is assault.

    We only have butthurt reporter's word for that, don't we.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 21 2017, @09:05PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 21 2017, @09:05PM (#513155)

      The staff reports that incident quite differently. It seems that after the press meeting, staff was huddled together, making their way back to their offices. Some mad man came running down the hallway, and ran into two of their members. It almost looked like the mad man was trying to tackle his victims. Full body contact, just like football - WHAM! Security escorted the mad man from the building, before he could make another attempt to tackle the staff.