August 19, 2009

Langevin Town Hall from the Media Perspective

Justin Katz

Thanks to Andrew, the two of us were able to sneak through the media entrance to Congressman Jim Langevin's town hall meeting at the Warwick city hall.and to sit in on the private media Q&A. Andrew even got in a question (that wasn't directly answered. Me, I was takinbg video.

The place is packed, probably already at the 300-person capacity, and when I walked up, the line to get in stretched around the building.

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Unlike last weekends NOM event, and Goerge Bush\'s phony town halls(remember the loyalty oaths,and rehearsed and pre-screened questions?) this event was open to ALL!
Funny how the \"right-wing\" is anti-free
speach when it suites there cause.


Posted by: Larry at August 19, 2009 11:17 PM

One point of clarification: Our method of sneaking in involved contacting Congressman Langevin's office and asking if we could be allowed the same access as other members of the press. The Congressman's staff was helpful in every possible way, allowing us to bring you our Rhode Island version of C-SPAN-with-an-editorial-page coverage of Wednesday night's event.

Posted by: Andrew at August 19, 2009 11:58 PM

I congratulate Rep. Langevin on not pre-screening questions. From what I heard, it seemed pretty random.

As for the comparison to NOM, they're a private organization and can do what they please within the law. Rep. Langevin is supposed to be a public servant, and thus is expected to answer questions from his constituents.

Posted by: Will at August 20, 2009 12:26 AM
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