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Joe Biden’s Office Apologizes for Forcing Student Reporter to Delete Photos

Courtesy of Tiffany Arnold, Germantown PatchA quick lesson in media relations from the office of Vice President Joe Biden: try to be nice to reporters whenever possible–and if you do decide to be difficult, make sure you’re justified or you might embarrass yourself.

Today the VP’s office issued an official apology for “bullying” (not our word of choice) a student reporter at a press event. In summary: Biden, attorney general Eric Holder and Maryland Senator Ben Cardin called a press conference to announce a new domestic violence prevention initiative. A reporter for Capital Press, who also happens to be a student at the University of Maryland, accidentally sat in a section of the room that was not reserved for media and took photos of Biden as he spoke.

After the event, a member of Biden’s press staff spoke to the reporter and demanded to watch as he deleted the (supposedly) forbidden photos. Scandal!

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BP Hires Former Dick Cheney Press Secretary

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Former press secretary to Dick Cheney Anne Womack-Kolton has been hired away from agency APCO Worlwide to join BP and lead the troubled company’s U.S. media efforts around the deadly oil-spill that continues to wreak havoc on the Gulf Coast.

Womack-Kolton was previously a director at Brunswick Group, who is currently working with BP as the company’s U.S. PR agency of record.

Reuters reports what the new job will be like:

[BP] has flown in staff from London to help deal with media requests, but has also been forced to put its media hotline on voicemail to process the many calls — some abusive — that come in.

Womack-Kolton previously held positions including director of public affairs at U.S. Department of Energy, assistant press secretary at the White House and press secretary to the vice president at Bush Cheney ’04.

In addition to the massive continuing communications efforts by BP, the company now also faces a criminal and civil investigation, announced today by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

RELATED: Gulf Coast Spill: Top Government Official To Begin Daily Media Briefings Today

[Image: A BP sign in New York. Via Twitpic.]