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‘Pure Intimidation’: Biden Press Secretary Apologizes After Staffer Goes Gestapo On Journalism Student

March 15, 2013 by  

‘Pure Intimidation’: Biden Press Secretary Apologizes After Staffer Goes Gestapo On Journalism Student
Vice President Joe Biden

Joe Biden has issued an apology through his press secretary following an ugly incident in which a credentialed journalism student was rousted to surrender photos he had taken of the Vice President at a domestic violence speaking engagement in Rockville, Md.

Jeremy Barr, a student journalist attending the Tuesday event, was there on behalf of the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, covering featured speakers including U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Biden.

Barr was reporting for the university’s award-winning, student-run Capital News Service; and he had received full clearance to cover the talks.

But after Barr (along with others in the general audience) took some iPhone pictures, Biden staffer Dana Rosenzweig confronted him and began putting the clamps down.

Barr had sat inadvertently in an area of the venue not designated for the press, although he observed that there was no obvious demarcation separating regular guests from those there to cover the event. At any rate, it was one of the staffers who directed the badge-wearing journalist to take his seat among the general audience in the first place. Also, the law allows anyone — regular citizens or members of the press — to take pictures of government leaders in public.

[The staffer] asked, “Did you take any photos during the event?” Barr said. He told the staffer, yes, he had taken a few photos.

She said, “I need to see your camera right now.” Barr said. The staffer called Barr’s presence in the non-press area an “unfair advantage” over the other members of the media at the event.

The staffer then requested to watch as Barr deleted the photos from his camera to ensure his compliance, Barr said.

After deleting the photos from the camera, the staffer asked Barr to show her his iPhone to make sure no photos were saved. Barr complied.

“I assumed that I’d violated a protocol,” Barr said. “I gave her the benefit of the doubt that she was following proper procedures.”

Barr was then asked to wait while the staffer contacted her supervisor. After approximately 10 minutes of waiting, the staffer made contact with her supervisor, apologized to Barr for the delay and permitted him to leave the venue.

Journalism School Dean Lucy Daglish went full Doberman in a letter to Biden’s press secretary that same day, saying Rosenzweig’s behavior was “pure intimidation” and a violation of every citizen’s 1st Amendment principles — one that wouldn’t have been out of place in a “third-world country where police-state style media censorship is expected.”

Biden press secretary Kendra Barkoff refused an interview with Capital News Service, but phoned both Daglish and Barr separately to apologize after Daglish filed a formal complaint.

Barr told the university newspaper he was glad the matter had been resolved. Daglish noted Barr has a right, under the law, to sue if he chooses.

“This was pure intimidation,” Dalglish said, adding that “it’s clear from the circumstance that the journalist did nothing wrong.”

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Harold Olsen

    I agree with the Journalism Dean. This was intimidation. That’s how the Obama regime operates, through intimidation. They are all nothing but a bunch of low life scumbags.

    • Karolyn

      I’m sure you could find such incidents with a lot of administrations. Obama’s is not the first and only and won’t be the last.

      • Bob W.

        Karolyn, maybe you could find and post those incidents to back up your assertion.

  • Shade101

    There goes a potentially “GREAT” Journalism Student down the tubes, most likely will suffer from PTSD and going into hiding every time the student sees a picture of Biden on a “Post Office” wall with numbers on it!

  • Karolyn

    I would definitely NOT have deleted the photos.

  • Alex

    No big surprise there. Some people with influence just like to control what the public
    gets to see
    Remember when the Cheneybush Regime refused to allow the tax payers to look at all of the pretty boxes their taxes had paid for, coming back from their stupendous blunder into Iraq? The boxes stuffed with our young? Remember, the pretty boxes that never seem to hold anyone named Romney or Cheney or Bush or Trump or Palin or Hannity or Koch?

    • Alex

      That’s right….NO CAMERAS ALLOWED!

    • WTS/JAY

      Interesting. isn’t it? You are correct, and i’m glad you brought it up. There has been a ban on taking pictures of military caskets returning from war since 1991. The lame excuse; concern for the privacy of grieving families and friends of the dead soldiers. The Bush administration sternly reminded the media of that policy in March 2003, (shortly) before the war in Iraq began.


    • Bruce R Porter Sr

      Or Obama, or Biden, or Reid, or a huge list of billionaire democrats profiting from the wars of Bush and especially Obama…as he has not pulled us out as promised but has expanded our warfare all over the middle east.
      I’m a combat wounded veteran of another illegal war waged by democrats in Viet Nam where the president lied about the Gulf of Tonkin incident and got 58,000 of us killed and north of 300,000 of us wounded.
      It appears to me the democrats are the “war” party. They believe the military (our youth) are expendable.

    • WTS/JAY

      WAR is a racket. It always has been.

      It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

      A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small “inside” group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.

      In the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.

      How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?

      Out of war nations acquire additional territory, if they are victorious. They just take it. This newly acquired territory promptly is exploited by the few — the selfsame few who wrung dollars out of blood in the war. The general public shoulders the bill.

      And what is this bill?

      This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones. Mangled bodies. Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes. Economic instability. Depression and all its attendant miseries. Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations.

      For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket; not until I retired to civil life did I fully realize it. Now that I see the international war clouds gathering, as they are today, I must face it and speak out… -US Marine Corp Major General Smedley Butler

    • WTS/JAY

      Who profits from the Iraq war?

      More than a quarter of senators and congressmen have invested at least $196 million of their own money in companies doing business with the Department of Defense (DoD) that profit from the death and destruction in Iraq.

      According to the latest reports, 151 members of Congress invested close to a quarter-billion in companies that received defense contracts of at least $5 million in 2006. These companies got more than $275.6 billion from the government in 2006, or $755 million per day, according to, a website of the watchdog group OMBWatch.

      Congressmen gave themselves a loophole so they only have to report their assets in broad ranges. Thus, they can be off as much as 160 percent. (Try giving the IRS an estimate like that.)

      In 2004, the first full year after the present Iraq war began, Republican and Democratic lawmakers—both hawks and doves—invested between $74.9 million and $161.3 million in companies under contract with the DoD.

      In 2006 Democrats had at least $3.7 million invested in the defense sector alone, compared to the Republicans’ “only” $577,500. As the war raged on, so did the billions of profits—and personal investments by Congress members in war contractors, which increased 5 percent from 2004 to 2006.

      Investments in these contractors yielded Congress members between $15.8 million and $62 million in personal income from 2004 through 2006, through dividends, capital gains, royalties and interest.

      Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), who are two of Congress’s wealthiest members, were among the lawmakers who garnered the most income from war contractors between 2004 and 2006: Sensenbrenner got at least $3.2 million and Kerry reaped at least $2.6 million.

      Members of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees which oversee the Iraq war had between $32 million and $44 million invested in companies with DoD contracts.

      War hawk Sen. Joe Lieberman (IConn.), chairman of the defense-related
      Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, had at least $51,000 invested in these companies in 2006.

      Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), who voted for Bush’s war, had stock in defense companies, such as Honeywell, Boeing and Raytheon, but sold the stock in May 2007.

      Of the 151 members whose investments are tied to the “defense” (war)
      industry, as far as we know, not one of them offered to donate their bloodstained profits to the national treasury to offset the terrible debt they have imposed. Has one of them even offered to donate one cent of their war profits to lessen the debt that increases more than $1 million a minute?

      When our boys and girls are wounded the government bills them to return their reenlistment bonus. They have to return any pay they received while they were hospitalized. They have to pay for their helmets and uniforms that are destroyed in the hell of war. But they keep on fighting for these politicians’ right to keep their war profits.

      • Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) $3,001,006 to $5,015,001

      • Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) $250,001 to $500,000

      • Rep. Kenny Ewell Marchant (R-Tex.) $162,074 to $162,074

      • Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) $115,002 to $300,000

      • Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) $115,002 to $300,000

      • Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) $100,870 to $100,870

      • Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) $65,646 to $65,646

      • Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) $50,008 to $227,000

      • Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) $50,001 to $100,000

      • Rep. Stephen Ira Cohen (D-Tenn.) $45,003 to $150,000

    • J.

      Or sotero, or biden, or pilosi, or fienstein, or etc… Stop being a hater and rest assured the true Americans will stand up and defend your right to be a coward. Now get back in the welfare line

    • bxarmybrat

      Or Clinton or Kennedy or Biden or Obama…,

  • Warrior

    Poor joe. I told him not to rub that “yellow snow” in his left eye.

  • Freedom Fighter

    Bite-me Biden does it again…progressives always show themselves as the communist/socialist/facist rats they are and the true color they are — commi red.

    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

    • http://personalliberty Alondra

      Lawlessness a.k.a. “Wickedness proceeds from the wicked.” (I Samuel 24:13)

      The KKK (Korrupt Kriminal Klan) is above the LAW.

  • STEVE E.

    I would not show them my iphone. I would keep walking out the venue and if someone tried to use force to stop me, I would snap their neck. Self defense.

    • Jim Hall

      AGREE, The young man should have stood his Ground.And sue he should.

  • Michael G Marriam

    Frederick Douglas wrote: “Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them.”

    • Alex

      That’s ‘Frederick Douglass’. Two esses. One of this wretched country’s greatest thinkers…


    Im not suprised… these people need to be held accountable… nice job on the letter from the school….

  • ibcamn

    Sue the pants off joe and his croanies!
    Make it well publisized and go after a settlement that will hurt them the most!
    A live presidentual apolagee and the highlite would be joe himself with the president both telling the American people they both allowed it to happen and were wrong!!..and no speeches after to point blame,as the thinskinned one always seems to do!!

  • Jim Hall

    Biden reminds me of that other VP Chaney, The one that drinks and shoots people with a SHOTGUN and gets away with it. Tho i blame the Sheriff for not doing his job.


    If the irresponsible MSM had been doing it’s job of validating candidates properly in 2008, the Faker in the WH would not be in office or in any political capacity and the left would not be running amuck destroying this Republic….

  • pissed of & liberal

    I wonder how many of you would STILL be mad if this had happend while a republican was in charge?

    • Jana

      If a Republican would have been in charge a really big deal would have been made of this and it would not die down. However since Obama has been in charge this has been happening more and more frequently.
      Censorship is NOT a good thing no matter who is in charge, it is a dangerous thing.

      • pissed of & liberal

        I have to respectfully disagree on one thing. it WOULD die down regardless of wether or not a republican or democrat was in charge because the lame strem media is so dependent on politicians to fill ther 24 hour sessions that they would never allow this story anymore time then they’d have to. i agree that censorship is wrong it;s just that it’s a bipartision problem.

  • curious

    Remember….It is the Second Amendment that secures the First Amendment and all of the others.In light of what has been transpiring lately,are you beginning to see a pattern?

  • MNIce

    Just like the unnamed staffer, Mr. Barr is in need of remedial instruction in Constitutional rights. He should have learned in high school that when a government official demands to see his stuff, he can demand said official show him the search warrant. No warrant, no see. Period.

    Oh, and this restriction doesn’t apply just to government officials. The Fourth Amendment states that we have blanket protection from unreasonable searches and seizures, which means this also applies to rent-a-cop security personnel. The only exception is “probable cause” of a crime, or when an imminent threat to life or health is involved (and a threat by the would-be searcher is not a legal exception), as stated in the applicable federal statue cited above.


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