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RNC Spokesman Defies Gridiron Rules

As of this morning, the Republican National Committee is going against the no-camera rules imposed by the Gridiron Club. Spokesman Sean Spicer has posted a video of the dinner on YouTube.

Watch here.

Spicer, however, isn’t the first renegade on this front. As we reported a few days after the dinner, the Washington Bureau Chief of the Minneapolis Star Tribune also posted footage from the dinner on a Star Tribune blog. Tribune‘s Kevin Diaz, who posted the video, told FishbowlDC, “Welcome to the digital age. It’s 2013, people have iPhones.”

We’ve requested comment from Spicer and Gridiron President Chuck Lewis of Hearst.

UPDATE: Spicer tells FishbowlDC, “I was honored to be invited and hope I haven’t done anything inadvertently that violates the rules.  If I have I apologize and will correct whatever I can.”

UPDATE#2: At the time that we published our post, the video was able to be watched. Spicer has since made it private.

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Minneapolis Star Tribune Beats No-Camera Rule at Secretive Gridiron Dinner

Forget about Minnesota Nice. Try Minnesota sneaky.

A devious source from the Minneapolis Star Tribune pulled a fast one on the Gridiron Club this weekend, as they captured footage of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) giving her speech at what is typically a fairly secretive affair. The controversial rule has long irked Washington journalists — especially C-SPAN — who cringe at such a perceived antiquated rule at the annual dinner.

And how rich is this? “Video produced by Kevin Diaz,” the Star Tribune states brashly on their web site. Diaz is the newspaper’s Chief Washington Correspondent.

Watch here.

UPDATE: We sought comment from Gridiron Club President Chuck Lewis of Hearst. He declined to comment.

UPDATE #2: The Star Tribune‘s Kevin Diaz, reached by phone, remarked, “There were dozens of people in there who had iPhones. Welcome to the digital age. It’s 2013, people have iPhones. I’m not a member. I’ve only been to a couple of these things before. I inquired and I was told what what they didn’t want was people blogging and tweeting while the show was going on. [Which Diaz said he abided by.] I believe an announcement was made that the President’s quote was let ‘er rip. I was there as an invited guest. I was simply trying to supply something for a blog. Again, it’s 2013. I don’t think the Gridiron Club is going to be able to censor people with devices.”

 

Pres. Obama Sits Down With Regional Newspaper Reporters

President Obama sat down with reporters from regional newspapers yesterday. From Politico the list of lucky reporters involved in the roundtable interviews:

Albuquerque Journal – Michael Coleman

Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Bob Keefe

Cleveland Plain Dealer – Stephen Koff

Dallas Morning News – Todd Gillman

Denver Post – Mike Riley

Des Moines Register – Philip Brasher

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette – Sylvia Smith

Kansas City Star – David Goldstein

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Craig Gilbert

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Kevin Diaz

New Orleans Times-Picayune – Bruce Alpert

Orlando Sentinel – Mark Matthews

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – James O’Toole

Richmond Times-Dispatch – Neil Simon

The Birmingham News – Mary Orndo