LA Times Photographer 'Shouted At' After Trying To Snap A Photo Of THIS Newsworthy Senator

Written By BlabberBuzz | Friday, 26 May 2023 01:15
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A Los Angeles Times staff photographer, Kent Nishimura, had claimed that he was "shouted at" by a Capitol Police officer when he attempted to photograph Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., while her staff tried to conceal her wheelchair behind a pillar.

Nishimura reported that he was already 30 feet away from the senator when the officer ordered him to move back. Feinstein waved at him as she was escorted to a waiting vehicle. According to Nishimura, Senate security also works overtime to protect the senator from the media.

Last week, the Senate sergeant-at-arms office declared that her arrival at the Capitol "is closed press," using Capitol police to chase journalists out of hallways and public spaces. Nishimura said this unprecedented act of restricting press freedom only raises more questions.

At 89, Feinstein is currently the oldest serving senator, making her almost a decade older than President Joe Biden, the most senior President in history at 80 years old. She made national headlines after suffering from a case of shingles that kept her away from the Senate for three months, returning to the Capitol on May 10.


However, some journalists continue to ask questions about her health and mental acuity, mainly after Feinstein told a Los Angeles Times report that she wasn't absent during all that time. Since then, Nishimura wrote, Feinstein's staff's efforts to protect her have only "ratcheted up." He added that her staff had used every trick in the book to stay out of sight and distant from the press since her recent return.

The report paints a picture of a senator surrounded by a human cocoon of staff. Her public remarks have been limited in committee meetings, and a team always surrounds her. They also often form a human barrier between her and the press corps, with one staffer pushing her wheelchair while others shout at photographers to move out of the way. Fox News Digital has contacted Sen. Feinstein's office for additional comment but has not responded.