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I try pretty hard not to spend too much of this blog’s time reacting to the various outrages of the day, especially during campaign season, but WTF?

The editor of the Alaska Dispatch website was arrested by U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller’s private security guards Sunday as the editor attempted to interview Miller at the end of a public event in an Anchorage school.

Tony Hopfinger was handcuffed by the guards and detained in a hallway at Central Middle School until Anchorage police came and told the guards to release Hopfinger.

Instead of just hustling Miller away from Hopfinger’s presence, they cuffed Hopfinger and then (according to Hopfinger) erased his video recording? Seriously? Miller’s a real man of the people, isn’t he? As Adam Serwer tweeted, “Imagine if Dem ‘bodyguards’ had handcuffed a journalist. you’d need a new planet to fit all the Nazi references.” No kidding. I think Fox News headquarters would probably literally melt down from the collective outrage.

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