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Friday, May 01, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence's office has threatened to ban a White House reporter for tweeting about an off-the-record demand that reporters wear masks for the veep's now-infamous visit to the Mayo Clinic, the Washington Post reports.

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Pence a liar? Of course. He's a good Chreestian.

#1 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-01 09:18 AM | Reply

The truth is the enemy of these f**ksticks.

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-05-01 10:15 AM | Reply

Pence hides behind his wife's lies...good. (Nobody ever told her about the Christian "Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness" thing, I guess.)

Pence proven to have known what everybody knew he knew about Mayo 'mask policy'...bad.

Lies from Trump Administration so chewy and delicious to the rabid righties...good.

Truth from the Press...Bad.

#3 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2020-05-01 10:20 AM | Reply

..."All of us who traveled with him were notified by the office of @VP the day before the trip that wearing of masks was required by the @MayoClinic and to prepare accordingly." Pence's office claims Herman violated the off-the-record rules of the planning memo sent before the tour, normally put in place as a security precaution. ...

There are two issues here and VP Pence is trying to conflate them in order to hid something.

The first issue is that a reporter violated the "off-the-record" aspect of a briefing or memo. The reporter should not have done that.

The second issue is VP Pence not wearing a mask. Since the good folks at the Mayo Clinic have said they instructed the Pence entourage to wear masks and that wearing a mask was the policy at the Clinic, it is obvious that VP Pence was/is lying about not being told.

However, let's presume hypothetically that VP Pence was not told....

After all the recommendations from the Trump Administration about wearing a mask... VP Pence walks into a hospital setting, sees everyone else wearing a mask, and doesn't seem to possess two neurons to rub together to realize that he should be wearing a mask also?

Just how stupid is this Trump Administration?

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-01 11:21 AM | Reply

Just how stupid is this Trump Administration?

#4 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

As stupid as their base/voters let them get away with.

The current defense for the disinfectant nonsense is the assertion that Trump did state we should inject bleach or isopropanol, he asked if we could.

To a Trumper that apparently makes a world of difference. To people with more than two functional neurons? A distinction without a difference.

#5 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-01 11:35 AM | Reply

I suspect Pence didn't wear a mask because he wanted to make sure everybody recognized that it really was HIM doing the P.R. photo op.

Pence knew the rules. So to me, it was an obvious stunt.

#6 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-05-01 12:23 PM | Reply

Pence knew the rules. So to me, it was an obvious stunt.

#6 | POSTED BY TWINPAC

We still have that weird divisive undercurrent of this attitude that only Democrats need to wear them because after all this is all because of Democrats.

Republicans don't need masks.

Only dem snowflakes wear dem masks.

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-05-01 12:40 PM | Reply

Lamplighter, I was a reporter for many years before going into PR. I've been the media contact for a lot of government agencies and private companies and organizations, Democrats, Republicans and other. Going off the record is never the preferred method of getting information from the reporter's perspective, and some reporters (and some PR pros) refuse to use it.

On the other hand, there are times when you either accept this arrangement or you don't get the story. Situations where this might be acceptable include: the source's job might be jeopardized, to avoid unwarranted embarrassment to a friend or ally of the source, that revelation of the source might put someone at risk of harm, that reporting the information is so important to the public that you'll do whatever is necessary to obtain it, etc.

I don't see how any of these situations applied here, but whatever. Let's assume for the sake of argument that the reporters agreed to go off the record on the mask requirement. Most reporters are wearing masks now anyway, so they likely didn't care about keeping this OTR.

Normally I'd agree with you that if a reporter agrees up front that information obtained in this manner should not be divulged. But as I see it, Pence's refusal to wear a mask, and his flimsy denial that he knew masks were required, constituted a breach of the agreement. The media's primary duty is to report the news, particularly when there's credible evidence of abuse of power, lies, hypocrisy, a danger to the public, corruption, or any other action that indicates compromised integrity. This situation, at the very least, showed hypocrisy and potential danger to the public. This fact is news, and this overrides any agreement to stay off the record.

#8 | Posted by cbob at 2020-05-01 01:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#8 ... Going off the record is never the preferred method of getting information from the reporter's perspective, and some reporters (and some PR pros) refuse to use it. ...

Agreed. I look at it more like getting some background info or, as seems to be the case here, instructions about the environemnt you are walking in to.

... Let's assume for the sake of argument that the reporters agreed to go off the record on the mask requirement. ...

The reporter went on record about the contents of an OTR briefing memo. It wasn't a side comment by someone only about the mask. it was contained in the briefing memo.

Yeah, admittedly I'm drawing a fine line here. Won't be the first time. :)


thx for the follow-up.


#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-01 01:48 PM | Reply

Pence wore a mask during his most recent visit to a GM ventilator plant, so yeah let's punish a reporter for doing his part in keeping people healthy.

#10 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2020-05-01 02:57 PM | Reply

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