Bil Browning

How to guarantee you'll end up on YouTube

Filed By Bil Browning | September 09, 2009 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Media

It's not often that I find myself agreeing with the folks at Hoosier Access, but this time is a good exception. I think Baron Hill is a good Congressman, but his aversion to being recorded has become absurd.

In this video from Hill's Bloomington town hall meeting, the Congressman castigates a high school student who wanted to film the gathering for a school project. She asked why she wasn't able to film a public meeting held in a public place and is told, "This is my town hall meeting. And you're not going to tell me how to run my Congressional office. Now the reason I don't allow filming is because usually the films that are done end up on YouTube in a compromising position."

Newsflash for the Congressman: Politicians end up on YouTube faster when they a) act like a jerk, b) pick on a little girl, c) does something patently stupid, or d) all of the above. Especially when the Bloomington Herald Times was filming the event and broadcasting it live on their website.

'Cuz now you just look like an ass.

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Donna Pandori Donna Pandori | September 9, 2009 12:49 PM

And you're not going to tell me how to run my Congressional office

Uh, that's what we be paying you for?

Correction Bil, a pompous ass.

Katherine Lewis | September 14, 2009 9:44 PM

One has to wonder about politicians. If this Congressperson sets out to execute their meetings according to a rigid plan, one would expect them to be thorough. If this Congressperson missed the most important detail, which is the press list for the event and the activities they are conducting, what do they miss when conducting other functions required of their position?