Former Talker Ziegler Cuffed, Ejected While Trying To Interview Journalists
April 16, 2009 at 3:46 PM (PT)
Former radio talk show host JOHN ZIEGLER was handcuffed, detained, and thrown off campus by UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA police while he tried to ask questions of people entering a journalism award event.
ZIEGLER, who has been making documentary films since his departure from CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KFI-A/LOS ANGELES and a brief stint providing commentaries for MOUNT WILSON FM BROADCASTERS Talk KGIL-A/LOS ANGELES-XESURF-A/SAN DIEGO, stood outside the ANNENBERG NORMAN LEAR CENTER gala honoring CBS NEWS' KATIE COURIC with the WALTER CRONKITE AWARD for her interview with ALASKA Gov. SARAH PALIN. He questioned attendees and handed out DVDs of his documentary "MEDIA MALPRACTICE," when campus security guards grabbed and cuffed ZIEGLER.
USC's campus is considered private property, but journalists normally frown upon restrictions on press activity at such events when interviewing others. Video of the incident is available by clicking here.