Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Al Jazeera Vs. Delco GOP: You Make The Call

It wouldn't be the day after election day without recriminations and disputes about what went down at the polls. But we really didn't count on a dust-up between Al Jazeera and the Delaware County GOP.

Al Jazeera Vs. Delco GOP: You Make The Call

It wouldn't be the day after election day without recriminations and disputes about what went down at the polls.  But we really didn't count on a dust-up between Al Jazeera and the Delaware County GOP.   Tom Ackerman, a reporter/producer for Al Jazeera English in Washington D.C. e-mailed this morning to say our blog post yesterday was "grossly misinformed."  The post quoted John McBlain of the Delco GOP saying an Al Jazeera crew seemed perturbed yesterday at the lack of signs for U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter's campaign at a polling place.  Another Delco official told our colleague, Bill Bender, that the crew improperly tried to enter a polling place.

Here's what Ackerman has to say about all that:

"The only "combative" aspect of the incident was the GOP representative's insistence that we were breaking the law by shooting routine voting scenes, none of which violated any law that he could recite, even after calling the County Solicitor. Anyway, we were not perturbed about the lack of Specter lawn signs (or for that matter, any Specter pollwatchers that we could find). We simply made a journalistic observation which may have proved telling."

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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