Biden Demands Twitter Embargo

Veep doesn't want press talking about comments until conference over

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 25, 2012 4:53 AM CDT

(Newser) – Veep Joe Biden has added an unusual new embargo for his on-the-record press calls: No publishing anything about the call until it's over, reports Politico. Call it a reaction to the Twitter age, as reporters increasingly try to get out information as it is happening. The White House apparently wants to slow that down a bit.

"The embargo will allow journalists to hear the entirety of the vice president’s remarks and get the benefit of having their questions answered—before trying to condense a 30-minute conference call about a 20-page NEC report into a 140 characters," said a White House deputy press secretary. But, as Politico points out, that leads to another question: "If it's going to be in an article 20 minutes later, why can't it be on Twitter right now?"

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the annual convention of the National Association of Police Organizations in Florida this week.
Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the annual convention of the National Association of Police Organizations in Florida this week.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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