Not on point? SF Chronicle reporter slapped down for using her video camera at Obama event

A reporter video’d at an appearance by Obama and was operating under rules that stipulated she share any reportage she had noted down, making it available to other reporters and the administration. [the confines of traditional journalism]
The video was another thing entirely, though and the White House is angry she didn’t submit the text of her video….wha???????? Where’s the love for that “new journalism ?

The sometimes uncomfortable agility of new media was made plain today, April 29 in an article in the San Francisco Article. Print reporter Carla Marinucci was invited to attend Obama’s San Francisco fundraiser April 21. Protesters crashed the event and so she did the right thing as a reporter and filmed some of the commotion with her video camera. And posted it.

Now here’s the kicker. Obama had just spoken at Facebook headquarters..

About 200 donors paying $5,000 to $38,500 each attended the event at the St. Regis Hotel in the city, a day after Obama visited Facebook headquarters in Silicon Valley touting the proliferation of “new media” breaking the confines of traditional journalism.

She was operating under rules that stipulated she share any reportage she had noted down, making it available to other reporters and the administration. [the confines of traditional journalism]
The video was another thing entirely, though and the White House is angry she didn’t submit the text of her video….wha???????? Where’s the love for that “new journalism ?” This is a problem for every government and public figure today. They have no control of scrutiny anymore and anyone with a $50 point-and-shoot camera can take a few seconds of video with huge consequences.

Here is the video – remember, you may never have known about this protest if this controversial video had never emerged.

distant US Capitol dome

U.S. Capitol SOTU eve, 2011 - photo Russ Imrie

Russell Imrie is a  content producer, webmaster and an American Indian blogger living in the Washington DC area. 1. My earlier blog on evolving social networking and its political power 2. on the blogging phenomenon and classic [print] journalism. This is to say nothing about social networking. I tweet at tweedyBard.

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