AP/Reuters Unhappy with South Carolina Debate Restrictions…

Politico’s Keach Hagey writes about a dustup between the AP (and Reuters) and the organizers behind tomorrown night’s South Carolina GOP debate…

Reuters confirmed that it would not be covering the event photographically, because it shared concerns about access. However, Reuters did not confirm whether it would be going as far as AP and not filing text either.

“This is about whether visual journalists will be treated with the same respect that text journalists are treated,” said Michael Oreskes, AP’s managing editor for U.S. News. “The public has a right to see presidential candidates as well as to read about them, and we think this debate should get off on the right foot.”

Oreskes said the AP found out Tuesday about restrictions that would bar photographers from taking photos throughout the length of the debate, and informed the South Carolina Republican Party that this was unacceptable.

“At this event four years ago, both Reuters and the Associated Press had wide access for our still photographers during the debate,” he said.

But Joel Sawyer, the executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party, says that’s simply not so.

“This is the same way every debate sponsored by Fox and the South Carolina GOP has operated in the past,” Sawyer said. “This is not about us changing the rules of the game. It’s a matter of the AP changing the rules of the game. The AP has said if they are not able to sit in for the entire debate, they’re not going to cover it period. And frankly, we are not interested in the AP trying to bully us.”

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7 Responses to “AP/Reuters Unhappy with South Carolina Debate Restrictions…”

  1. imnotblue Says:

    Meh. The AP and Reuters would deal with it, IF this was a serious debate, which it’s not.

    We still don’t know who the real field of candidates will be, so this “debate” will more or less be an exercise in time wasting.

  2. harry1420 Says:

    and whats the big deal about taking pics during the debate…strange.

  3. -What’s the big deal about-

    For some reason that makes no sense to me, still photogs continue to use cameras that make those incessant clicking noises. Those sounds don’t go well with television. It is the same reason they’re banned from clicking away while the president gives a televised address.

  4. Come to think about it… it is a common practice for wedding parties to re-enact their ceremonies for the cameras. All those flashes and clicks can be bloody distracting.

  5. laura l Says:

    My phone makes that noise. WTH?

  6. joeremi Says:

    Try selling a camera that doesn’t make a “camera sound”. You’ll quickly find out why they still do it..

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