The Corner

Closet Case

Hillaire Belloc on Fleet Street:

You cannot hope to bribe or twist

Thank God, the British journalist.

But seeing what the man will do unbribed

There’s no occasion to.

We may have to modify that for the court eunuchs of Obama’s state media:

As the unaware $500-a-head invitees dined on caprese crostini with oven-dried mozzarella and basil, rosemary flatbread with grapes honey and gorgonzola cheese, grilled chicken Caesar and garden vegetable wraps, veteran reporter Scott Powers was locked away.

The Orlando Sentinel reporter was ushered into the closet inside wealthy property developer Alan Ginsburg’s Winter Falls mansion, after being told that Joe Biden and Senator Bill Nelson had not yet arrived.

They were due to speak to the audience to raise money for the 2012 elections.

He was told he could only come out when the politicians were ready to give their speeches.

As with Lara Logan in Tahrir Square, even when it’s one of their own on the sharp end of the agreed fairytale, the media obligingly look the other way:

Powers has all the details, even pictures of the inside of the closet where he was held; but it appears the Sentinel editors have refused to let him report on all the details of what some are calling a kidnapping!

You cannot hope to twist or bribe

The US monodaily scribe.

He’s so cooperative, I posit,

He’ll let us lock him in the closet.

[Closet Boy’s version of events is here. Reads a bit like the Joe Biden version of Stockholm Syndrome.]

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.