Thursday, May 13, 2010

AP Stands Behind Its Man

Posted By on Thu, May 13, 2010 at 2:50 PM

New sign in the Legislative Plaza pressroom
  • New sign in the Legislative Plaza pressroom
Here's a statement from Adam Yeomans, Associated Press chief of bureau for Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi, on today's little contretemps involving his reporter and certain hotheads in the legislature:

"Associated Press reporter Erik Schelzig was doing his job covering breaking news at the General Assembly when House Speaker Kent Williams collapsed. The legislative sessions are open to the public, and members of the news media routinely record what happens there in words, photographs, audio and video. Though we believe Schelzig had the right to continue his reporting, he complied immediately with officials' order to leave the chamber."

And here's a statement from the Capitol Press Corps:

"We will not soon forget this outrageous mistreatment of our brother. This aggression will not stand. The legislature is filled with assclowns."

OK, the press corps didn't really make a statement. We made that up.

Cara Kumari's report

Update: More from Silence.

Memo to Joe and Stacey: What's "despicable" is the arrogance of government displayed once again today and the pathetic political pandering lawmakers have engaged in, especially in the last two sessions. Dudes, that chamber ain't yours. It belongs to all Tennesseans.

Update II: See the raw Channel 4 video and hear the roar of outrage from lawmakers as they charge toward Schelzig when he tries to take pictures. Mob violence is a frightful thing to behold.

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