Media Offensive

By Giobbe, Dorothy | Editor & Publisher, July 20, 1996 | Go to article overview

Media Offensive


Giobbe, Dorothy, Editor & Publisher


U.S, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) recently accused a reporter for the weekly Houston Press of forcing his way into the congressman's home and physically abusing campaign workers there.

But the reporter, Tim Fleck, denied the charges, and has produced a tape of the incident that seems to bear out his version of the events.

In fact, after listening to Fleck's tape, the local district attorney's office announced it would not press any charges, against him. Fleck is now suing Stockman for libel and slander.

The incident in dispute occurred on June 6. Fleck and a photographer from the newspaper drove to Stockman's suburban Houston home - which doubles as the congressman's campaign headquarters - in an attempt to question campaign officials about a political consulting firm also operating out of the house.

Fleck, wearing his press badge on his lapel and carrying a large tape recorder, knocked on the front door of the house and was invited inside by a Stockman campaign volunteer.

According to the audiotape, as Fleck walked through the door, he verbally identified himself as a reporter for the Press.

Once inside, Fleck began asking questions of a group of Stockman volunteers who had just entered the front part of the house. As the Press photographer attempted to follow Fleck inside, one of the volunteers quickly shut the door and leaned against it effective trapping Fleck in the house.

The transcript of the tape indicates Fleck briefly attempted to question the staffers about the political consulting firm. They refused to answer his questions and asked him to leave the house. After calling the staffers "pathetic," Fleck left.

"There was no physical contact, it was a well-modulated discussion," Fleck said. "The tape proved there was no yelling, no cursing. In fact, I left when I was told to leave."

The entire enounter, from the second Fleck walked into the house to when he left, lasted just under two minutes.

When he got back to the Press office, he was met with a just-issued press release from Stockman's Washington office that had come in over the fax machine. …

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