October 18th, 2010
03:24 AM ET
4 years ago

Alaskan reporter detained by security at Joe Miller event

(Update: Joe Miller will appear on CNN's John King, USA at 7 p.m. ET)

Washington (CNN) - A private security guard and a reporter from the Alaska Dispatch offered contradictory accounts of what led to the reporter being handcuffed at a town hall-style event for Senate candidate Joe Miller in Anchorage Sunday night.

The reporter, Tony Hopfinger, said he was trying to ask Miller whether the candidate had ever gotten in trouble for politicking while working for the Fairbanks North Star Borough in 2008.

At that point, private security guards hired by the Miller campaign bumped their chests into him and tried to prevent him for asking any more questions, Hopfinger said.
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  1. Citizen Cane

    Glad to see this happen. Most reporters act like stupid jerks, and rarely do these jerk reporters want to report the real news. If somebody does not want to be interviewed by you, then back off or face the consequences. I hope they charge this jerk reporter with trespassing, harassment, and stalking.

    October 18, 2010 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
  2. Marie MD

    I am not surprised one bit. For a State that has a lunatic half term governor running all over the lower 48 they don't want anyone telling them how to run their elections or who to vote for.
    What does miller have to hide besides yellow teeth? Talk about infringing upon the First Amendment they talk about so much until somebody goes after one of them.

    October 18, 2010 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  3. stufthis

    The attack on the fourth estate continues. This is a Nazi tactic, and Miller should resign.

    October 18, 2010 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  4. Sherri W.W.

    Joe Miller has become another candidate that does not want to talk with news paople any longer.If you have nothing to hide,then you aren`t afraid to speak to reporters~and if you aspire to become U.S.Senator,but run from the media,HOW would the person handle the business "of the people?"I think some of the news people should pin Mr.Miller down on his statements,which certinly are at odds eith the fact he and his wifw have accepted and benifited from several Government programs he talks against!The repoters NEED to go after Mr.Miller about this!

    October 18, 2010 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  5. Patsy, Texas

    I don't know who these tea party nuts think they are. Body guards? They want people to vote for them, pay their salaries,
    change the laws, but they don't want to answer any questions. They hide from the "main stream media", whoever that is.
    They "step in it" big time, but become angry if asked about their "missteps". Trust and respect are not two words that
    come to mind when I see these people. And I don't just mean Miller: Palin, O'Donnell, Angle, Paul, all of them are
    self-appointed royalty. If they feel this much power now, they will be even more intolerable in Washington.

    October 18, 2010 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  6. Lori in St Pete

    "Tresspassing" at a town hall meeting, huh? I thought town hall meetings were open to the public. Hmmmm. This begs the question: Was the town hall meeting held in a public venue such as City Hall or other taxpayer funded facility? Inquiring minds want to know.

    Aiming a camera at a candidate and asking uncomfortable questions is assault, huh? Wow. Guess it's true: fascism has come to America wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.

    October 18, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  7. Annie, Atlanta

    Now we're getting arrested for asking Republicans the questions on everyone's mind. When did we become a communist nation? What ever happened to free speech? And what ever happened to our standards? Republicans now think its ok to vote for thugs. What are they trying to prove? Win at all costs?

    October 18, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |