Fun with Dick


Geraldine Sealey
August 2, 2004 5:43PM (UTC)

For a journalist assigned to cover a Dick Cheney campaign rally in Arizona, getting racially profiled was just part of the job description, all in the name of "security."

"President Bush's re-election campaign insisted on knowing the race of an Arizona Daily Star journalist assigned to photograph Vice President Dick Cheney. The Star refused to provide the information."

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" ... A rally organizer for the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign asked Teri Hayt, the Star's managing editor, to disclose the journalist's race on Friday. After Hayt refused, the organizer called back and said the journalist probably would be allowed to photograph the vice president. 'It was such an outrageous request, I was personally insulted,' Hayt said later."

At least the Bush-Cheney campaign doesn't require journalists to sign "loyalty oaths," a requirement for citizens who want to watch the vice president speak.

"Some would-be spectators hoping to attend Vice President Dick Cheney's rally in Rio Rancho this weekend walked out of a Republican campaign office miffed and ticketless Thursday after getting this news: 'Unless you sign an endorsement for President George W. Bush, you're not getting any passes.'"

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Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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