Wilson Building camera chase!

March 19, 2013

Run away from cameras here at your peril. (Jonathan Newton — The Washington Post)

All eyes, media-wise, are on the District’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services department these days. And on Monday, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Paul Quander offered a lesson in how not to handle a media feeding frenzy. WTTG-TV reporter Paul Wagner showed up outside Quander’s door at the John A. Wilson Building seeking answers to questions about fire equipment maintenance. Rather than say, “Thanks for coming by, Paul, and while I can’t speak to this matter while it’s under internal review, rest assured we are getting to the bottom of it,” Quander instead walked past Wagner’s camera leading to a low-speed chase through the Wilson Building halls — a full minute of which ended up on the evening newscast.

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Bill Maher gives Michelle Rhee a tough interview (Answer Sheet)

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Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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