May 9, 2007
The U.S. Senate Press Gallery has ejected ConsumerAffairs.Com reporter Joe Enoch after his credentials expired and Gallery officials refused to renew them.
As a result of the ejection, Enoch is no longer able to cover Congressional action on consumer issues like food safety, consumer protection for airline passengers and the confirmation hearings for Michael Baroody, President Bush’s nominee to chair the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Enoch was honored last year when he was chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Buffalo News Award for excellence in enterprise and investigative reporting. He was nominated for the award by the faculty of the Russel J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communications at St. Bonaventure University.
Besides his coverage of consumer issues in Congress, Enoch has broken stories dealing with Blue Hippo Funding; High Tech Pets, Northern Nevada Telecom and other telephone “cram artists;” and the widespread but little recognized safety issues involving the lithium ion batteries used in millions of laptop computers and cell phones.
The Senate Press Gallery offered no formal reason for the ejection, although Gallery employee Joe Keenan has questioned whether ConsumerAffairs.Com is a “legitimate journalistic enterprise.”
Huh?Â This man is not only without a doubt a legitimate journalist, he is an award winning one. Dimes to Donuts this decision gets reversed.