'Journalist imprisoned by Joe Biden' – cock-up rather than lock-up

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Reporter imprisoned in a closet at Joe Biden fundraiser” was the headline on the Gawker. Similar lurid stories zoomed a million times around the world via Twitter, Facebook, blogs and newswires.

The truth is a little less lurid. It was cock-up rather than lock-up. Here is the full story from the Orlando Sentinel reporter at the centre of the story, Scott Powers:

Take a couple details of information, toss them into the Internet and it can become like a child’s game of telephone — with each rendition adding spin and details. Only in this politically-charged environment, those spin and details can crystallize toward scandal. That’s especially true when it involves the vice president of the United States in an administration that has enraged a segment of American society.

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