Town hall complaint to S. Ind. Congressman goes viral

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Posted on September 6, 2009 at 7:09 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 15 at 5:13 PM

(WHAS11) - An exchange between southern Indiana Congressman Baron Hill and a woman at a Bloomington, Indiana health care town hall appears to be taking on a life of its own.

The woman said she was a journalism student and complained that the congressman's staff would not allow her to videotape the town hall.

"This is my town hall meeting and I set the rules, and I've had these rules," said Hill at the meeting.

And as the congressman predicted, the YouTube video of the exchange has been viewed more than 75,000 times.

It's also been picked up by Fox News and national political websites.

WHAS11 spoke with Baron Hill's press secretary who defended the town hall camera rules.

She says the same guidelines have been in effect for three years and that credentialed media are allowed to videotape.

She adds that the young woman had no journalism credentials and that when the staff offered to set up a one on one interview with Baron Hill she refused.

See the YouTube video:

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