Deviled Egg-Gate: Biden's D.A.D.T. Policy for Closeted Journos

At the Daily Caller, Chris Moody reports that Vice President Joe Biden's confinement of a pool reporter to a "hold room" last week is part of what Biden's press secretary calls a "standard policy" of letting jounalists cool their heels in detention areas far from any potential news. While attempting to cover a Biden fundraiser at the home of Baltimore-based real estate developer David S. Cordish, Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton was hustled into a small room that housed Cordish's collection of books about early 20th-century opera singer Rosa Ponselle: 

Fenton highlighted his experience in a post on Twitter Sunday night, after Orlando Sentinel reporter Scott Powers sent pictures to the Drudge Report from a storage closet he was forced to work from during a Biden fundraiser for Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

Powers declined an interview Monday, telling TheDC that he was “trying to climb back into my closet.”

“Story getting lot of play on Drudge, though I had to sit in closed closet during Biden app. at Cordish fundraiser too,” Fenton said via Twitter.

Fenton was allowed to leave the room once to hear Biden’s speech, and was ushered out again the moment he finished.

“The door was closed the whole time, and far from an apology the host came into the room three times and I was expected to stand against the room the whole time as he showed off his collection of books about this opera singer,” Fenton told The Daily Caller.

“It was a mirrored room, and I’m standing there and I can’t hear anything and I don’t know what’s going on outside. And the door pops open and I assume it’s one of his staffers coming in to give me an update and all the sudden the vice president walks in,” Fenton explained. “He stood there, sort of looked at me. He didn’t nod at me or say hi or anything. He hosted, and then he showed him this little book and that was that.”

Fenton added that he understood that it was a private event at a donor’s residence, so it was understandable that the vice president’s staff didn’t want a reporter listening in on conversations during cocktail hour, but said it probably would have been easier to just let him show up for the speech instead of waiting alone in a “room that could fit three people” for an hour.

It’s anyone’s guess how many other reporters have had a similar experience, he said.

An even better policy, since these events are at private homes, would be to let the host say no to media coverage entirely. That way there would be no question about the secrecy of the event, and access journalists, whose working life is one long string of petty humiliations anyway, would at least be spared the indignity of acknowledging that they are stenographers to power. Why would anybody agree to sit in a holding room for hours just to hear a speech from Biden, one of the most inane speakers alive today?

More important: What was on the menu at the Cordish event?

Ladies and gentlemen, the immortal Rosa Ponselle: 

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  • Joe Biden||

    This is a big fucking deal!

  • fish||

    Yeah it is....now why don't you drop back into your proper place in the time-space continuum and slide me my bowling shoes.

  • Joe Biden||

    (Flashes big fucking grin)

  • ||

    GREGGOOOOOOOOO

    You really should change your blog name to neocons4teamred.blogspot.com.

  • ||

    TEAM RED/TEAM BLUE! ARGHHH!

  • Hugh Akston||

    Episiarch, you need to get some better stalkers, man. I bet this loser doesn't even spend his/her nights alone carving your name into his/her flesh over and over and over.

  • ||

    I would like better stalkers, Hugh, I really would, but Warty already has a job and NutraSweet is too needy.

  • ||

    Episiarch's Entourage watching ass gets the stalkers he deserves: the worst.

    Maybe if you want better stalkers you should look inward at your own life, Epi, and stop blaming the stalkers.

  • ||

    Well, I have you now, don't I, you Vincent Chase hating hater? Drama is very disappointed in you.

  • ||

    Oh no, don't even try, my stalking schedule is booked up until well into next year. I've got cases out there that don't even have restraining orders yet.

    If you fill out an application and send in the fee I might be able to expedite your case, and start some preliminary stalking in late 2011, maybe. Don't get your hopes up though.

    Just send your social security number, visa/mastercard acct number(don't forget the ccsc no.), and the tracking number(it's at the bottom of your checks) to the email address under my name, and I'll see what we can do.

  • ||

    You ask for one post-stalking cuddle and you get branded as "needy". Epi is a douchedrinking turdtwat.

  • ||

    I told you it isn't you. It's me. Can't we just stay friends?

  • ||

    Says the guy with the Atlas Shrugged handle. "Epi" hates Ayn Rand. Did you know that, "Hugh"? Maybe you should be someone else's sycophant.

  • Gregori Smith||

    Not that you shouldn't keep whoring your crappy blog.

  • Gregory Smith||

    You're a dishonest bastard, I'm the real Gregory Smith, if you want to spoof me call yourself Gregory Spoof, but don't steal my identity you damn crook!

  • ||

    Hahaha!

  • ||

    Oh rectal, you so stupid. Isn't it embarrassing to you? Clearly not.

  • Zeb||

    Really? You don't think that this kind of shit happens all the time with dems and reps?

  • ||

    Bacon deviled eggs sound really damn good.

  • ||

    Were there or were there not deviled eggs? Why the conspiracy of silence?

  • ||

  • ||

    Hmm, that sounds pretty good. I'd prefer caviar deviled eggs, though.

  • Rich||

  • ||

    That's an abomination.

  • Warning||

    That's an abomination.

    Do not google "Bu***ke Deviled Eggs."

  • ||

    Too late.

  • ||

    Interesting. A little kick to eggs is always warranted. I'm pretty habitual about adding hot sauce to eggs most of the time, anyway. Though never before to deviled eggs.

  • ||

    Mayo, mustard, white pepper, hot sauce and cornichons are a good way to go as well.

  • ||

    MMMM.

    Maybe I should see if Drambuie Deviled Eggs work.

  • Zeb||

    Sriracha is great with eggs. But I say deviled eggs are perfect the way they are and do not need to be messed with.

  • ||

    I wonder if you could "devil" pickled eggs?

  • Zeb||

    Hmm. Almost makes me want to reconsider my earlier statement.

  • Warning||

  • ||

    I would imagine the yolks would be hard to cream. Maybe if you ran them through a potato ricer.

    But the pickled egg Scotch egg seems like the ultimate application...

  • ||

    I may be in this camp, but, to be honest, I've never ventured far from traditional deviled eggs.

  • ||

    Just add ground fennel seed. Delicious. If you want to be really insane, use fennel pollen. It's only a couple hundred bucks an ounce.

  • ||

    Interesting. Could there be a whole world of deviled egg possibilities previous unconsidered by me?

  • ||

    Clearly there is. Anchovy deviled eggs? Spinach hollandaise deviled eggs?

  • ||

    I don't think I've ever made them off twice off the same reciepe. I'll make those sriracha ones again, though.

  • ||

    I must consult Southern Living.

  • Boxbot||

    Guacamole deviled eggs. Add some avocado, chopped pickled jalapeños, and ground cumin to the yolks. It's a natural combination.

  • Old Mexican||

    Why would anybody agree to sit in a holding room for hours just to hear a speech from Biden, one of the most inane speakers alive today?


    Which is why I find the whole story incredible. If I found myself locked up, surrounded by journalists, I would have eaten them all, alive, and then use the bones to break my way out of there, before I went mad.

  • ||

    Actually, I think being brought out to listen to the Biden speech was just additional torture.

    One could refer to that as "Bidenboarding."

  • ||

    Bidenboreding ?

  • ||

    Bidenboring.

  • ||

    Locking someone in a closet is rediculous. Tell the journo to go grab a sandwich and be back at 4 for the VP's annoying commentary if you don't want him talking to anybody. This is a failure of the common sense portion of these goons' (including Biden and host) brains.

  • Alan Vanneman||

    A mirrored room, huh? Is that so that Mr. David S. Cordish could watch himself while he jacked off to Rosa Ponselle? Just a thought. I mean, a rich guy who would willingly let Joe Biden in his own house, he has to be weird.

  • ||

    I think you are on to something here.

    Is allowing Biden into your house to give a speech some type of intellectual self-mutilation. Some weird rich guy s&m.

  • ||

    A whole room? How many books are there about Rosa Ponselle anyway? WorldCAT only lists 45 and a bunch of them look like originals and translations of same.

  • Rich||

    Remember, SF, it was a *mirrored* room.

  • Brett L||

    Are you intimating there's some sort of Borgesian library in this house?

  • Rich||

    Borgesian library, no. Circular ruins, probably.

  • ||

    Maybe it was supplemented by Enrico Caruso material.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    dateline nbc
    america's hidden shame:
    latchkey reporters

  • Zeb||

    Unless the reporter tried to leave and wasn't allowed to, this doesn't seem like much of a story. Still pretty ridiculous, though. The take-away seems to be more about the ridiculous stuff reporters will put up with to get fed a meaningless quote by a stupid politician.

  • Jennifer||

    That's something I never understood about the access uber alles journalists, the ones who would never dream of offending the power brokers they write about lest they lose their holy Access: the information they "access" is little more than press-release bilge anyway. I once knew a certain local police reporter who was so pro-cop, on the rare occasions the paper ran stories like "FBI investigating local police" it was never that reporter's byline on it; meanwhile, the only "scoops" that reporter ever got were pure feel-good crap: "Cop wins good-citizenship award," "Police chief makes appearance at charity fundraiser." Right, like you need kickass investigative skills to get that sort of information about public figures.

    So what's the big, newsworthy Biden scoop these "stenographers to power" (great phrase, BTW) got?

  • ||

    The only access a reporter needs is access to the dude willing to spill the beans. Usually, that's not the senior official, anyway.

  • BradK||

    Woodward and Bernstein?

  • ||

    Sure. They didn't spend all of their time prostituting themselves for "access" to official shindigs or to being the place where approved "leaks" are made. At least, not back during the Watergate days.

  • ||

    Is blog-whoring once in a while still blog-whoring? Discuss.

  • All The Others||

    We are not "rectal"!

  • Hobie Hanson||

    It's interesting that the Rand Paul Stomp didn't get this much coverage on Reason. This must be what Nick Gillespie was talking about with not favoring either party.

  • cynical||

    It didn't get two posts? Besides, this constitutes an opportunity to mock the servility of the so-called "4th estate".

  • ||

    Tim, your story is bunk. Drop it before you embarrass yourself further.

  • prolefeed||

    I agree with Tulpa. Link to something showing the journo didn't consent to this treatment and asked to leave and was forbidden to do so, or STFU.

    It was private property. They didn't have to let any journalists in AT ALL.

  • Alan Kellogg||

    So being on your own property is a license to be a turd. Remember to bar me from your invite list.

  • ||

    That's what throws me. Didn't anyone think it weird to lock up a reporter rather than just denying him access to the building. Even if he asked to be locked into a room, a right thinking person doesn't think "Ok, we'll just lock him in the Opera room until Biden's speech". There's enough WTF here for a story.

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