Hillary Clinton has taken the web by storm again. This time it's not because of a new policy she is using on the road, but rather the new "innovation" she and her political team came up with to herd the press around. At the Independence Day parade in Gorman, New Hampshire, the press and photographers were lead along the parade route by two aides carrying rope that nobody was allowed to pass.
According to CNN, "campaign aides said they brought the rope out because they feared the press scrum of around a dozen reporters and photojournalists would obstruct the view of New Hampshire voters attending the parade." It has been clear since the start of her campaign her relations with the media has been strained. This can be said of many political campaigns, but it seems Clinton and company have drawn the line in the sand.
A Clinton spokesperson also told CNN "the rope's a 'soft barrier' that was necessary because the media mass around the candidate was making it 'impossible' for her to talk to people." It seems that Clinton feels confined by the media when they are around, making it hard for her to make connections with voters on the campaign trail. The innovation went viral after tweet from reporters surfaced of them being corralled along the parade route. Some media outlets are taking it light heartedly while others appear furious over being treated like children.
As a photographer or videographer, have you ever experienced something like this? Where you were forced to stay in one place or moved along quickly during a shoot of a political or popular figure in media?