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State Department: Reporter’s removal was ‘standard procedure’

The State Department on Monday declined to say that its officials did anything wrong when a reporter was removed from a room with Secretary John Kerry and the president of Uzbekistan after asking a question about human rights.

Instead, spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said that the incident appeared to be “part of a standard procedure.”

“People were being ushered out of the room at the end of the photo spray,” Trudeau, the director of the office of press relations, told reporters during a daily briefing.
“Photo sprays are very different from standard press conference where reporters can ask questions,” she maintained. During photo sprays, which tend to be brief, officials typically offer a short statement at either the beginning or end of an important meeting.

“However, we’re not perfect,” she added. “We’re going to take a look at what happened,” and review any possible ways to improve in the future.

On Sunday, Washington Post reporter Carol Morello was physically escorted out of a meeting between Kerry and Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov, after asking a question about “the human rights situation” in Uzbekistan.

The reporter’s question came as other reporters were being ushered out of the meeting.

In a video of the incident, an unidentified official presumed to be an American can be heard saying, in English, “Take her out.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bravo, Carol Morello, for actually doing your job!

And folks, let's face facts here; when those "values" America
is supposed to hold near and dear to its collective heart (human rights, democracy, human dignity, etc.,) ever get in the way of doing business, no matter how slimy the handshake with a foreign dictator may be, business trumps human rights every time in US governmental dealings.

Just stating the obvious here.

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