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Obama Campaign Officials Ban Journalists From Interviewing Voters At Rally

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Obama Campaign Officials Ban Journalists From Interviewing Voters At RallyObama campaign officials barred a Pennsylvania reporter from talking to people who were in line to attend an Obama rally. 

The reporter, Dave Davies, wrote that “during the two-hour wait for the rally to begin, I wanted to talk to some of the supporters attending the event,” but was told, “You can't be interviewing people in line,” by an Obama campaign official. 

“My experience Thursday at a Michelle Obama event in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania was a first,” Davies wrote. “Obama campaign operatives barred me from talking to voters outside the event, to the point of interfering with my interviews and grabbing my microphone.”

At one point, Davies writes his microphone was grabbed and when he again tried to speak to a different couple who were approaching the line.  A different campaign official approached him and took away his microphone without identifying himself. 

One attendee whom Davies tried to interview said the Obama campaign’s tactics were “un-American.” 

Dick Polman, national political writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, a 20-year veteran of national politics, told Davies that, “I've never had that experience, ever, and I'm talking about Republicans and Democrats, in the primaries, in the general election.”
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