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October 24, 2008

Video Dispatch from Florida

Vermonter Sam Mayfield took her camera to Florida recently to document the '08 election for The UpTake, "an emergent citizen-fueled online video-news gathering organization focusing on providing alternative coverage of the 2008 political circus."

I just got the latest post from SamLand, her blog, in my inbox. It included this video, in which Sam is accosted by a McCain staffer while videotaping outside a campaign office. The UpTake has splashed the video all over the front page of its website, describing it as "what the McCain campaign may not want you to see."

Back in Vermont, Mayfield is a producer for the Center for Media and Democracy, which operates Burlington's cable Channel 17.

Wow. Talk about good cop/bad cop at the McCain HQ. Sam really kept her cool in that situation.

So the guy she interviewed in the beginning said the paid walkers were only going to the homes of McCain voters who had requested absentee ballots, but in fact they're out there encouraging stay-at-home folks to vote McCain, period?

Beautiful work, Sam! Way to stand your ground, even under the "threat" of having to talk to someone in a police uniform.

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