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Thursday, August 7, 2008

OH: Obama heckler was credentialed photographer

11:21 AM

From the Chronicle of Higher Education:
Officials of the U.S. Secret Service say there is nothing they could have done to avoid an incident yesterday in which Barack Obama was heckled by a strangely behaving man in the press section during an appearance at an Ohio college.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee was beginning a town-hall style meeting at Baldwin-Wallace College when John Quinn, a freelance photographer on assignment for Bloomberg News, interrupted him by calling on him to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Senator Obama went along and led the crowd through the pledge. ...

Malcolm Wiley, a spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service, said today that the agency took no action because "this guy was a credentialed member of the press. He has every right to his freedom of speech." If Mr. Quinn had threatened or advanced toward Mr. Obama, the situation would have been handled differently, Mr. Wiley said.
Read the full item from the Chronicle of Higher Ed


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