Staff for visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday apparently made themselves right at home while the boss addressed congressional leaders — so much so, in fact, that the decorum-flouting PR operatives ruffled some feathers among the reporting corps.
Per a tipster, members of Bibi’s entourage staked out spots in the press gallery overlooking the House chamber and immediately pulled out their laptops to stay on top of the media frenzy. They crossed a line, however, once our spy noticed them cyber-spoon-feeding the fiery oratory to online fans.
(Courtesy HOH tipster)
“I’d be just as mad if it were Team Obama on our sacred territory … [but] gallery staff says Obama staff wouldn’t be allowed to. Seems like a double standard,” the incensed observer opined after conferring with congressional press wranglers to confirm that outsiders are prohibited from setting up shop wherever they please.
A press gallery aide assured HOH the diplomatic infraction had been properly dealt with.
“We asked them to stop,” the media manager stated.
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