Reporter Cuffed by Joe Miller's Guards Speaks Out
Tea Party press treatment chilling, says Tony Hopfinger
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2010 3:30 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The Alaskan reporter handcuffed by bodyguards for Tea Party Senate candidate Joe Miller and threatened with trespassing charges said it was a frightening, intimidating experience and that he wanted the guards to call the police to protect him. Tony Hopfinger, editor of the online Alaska Dispatch, was cuffed and held in a corridor out of sight of others after he tried to question Miller following a town hall meeting at a public middle school. "For 25 minutes no one even knew where the hell I was," Hopfinger tells the Huffington Post. "They said they were going to call the police and I said, 'Fine, call the police!'"

Hopfinger complained about the chilling treatment of the press by Tea Party candidates. "The media is having a hard time doing its job in this political cycle because, whenever we ask questions, there are certain candidates who decry the 'lamestream media,'" said Hopfinger. Miller "believes he shouldn't be questioned about his background and yet he wants a job for six years" held by only 100 people in the nation. Miller has since modified his version of events about the Hopfinger incident, now saying the reporter was cuffed after he followed the candidate into the bathroom, which he said "absolutely crossed the line." The candidate said he's a "big proponent" of the First Amendment. For more on that, click here.

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Chris
Oct 26, 2010 8:12 AM CDT
I would welcome any of Joe Millers guards to come and attempt to handcuff me. I'm dead serious.
Chris
Oct 26, 2010 8:12 AM CDT
The outcome wouldn't be so happy
jerkboy
Oct 19, 2010 10:37 AM CDT
If you are a tea partier, and you are very close to being asked an actual question.......just ask yourself what your lord and master would do? WWHD? What would hitler do? Miller fell right into line with that. I bet this reporter is dead before the month is out unless he shuts up or actually lives somewhere other than alaska.