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Bloggers Count!

Just got this email:
The Committee on Arrangements (COA) for the 2004 Republican National Convention is considering the option of creating an on-site bloggers station at this year's Convention from August 30 through September 2 in Madison Square Garden.
Bloggers would receive credentials to all four days of the Convention and would be outfitted with a centrally located workspace in Madison Square Garden. The close proximity would provide additional accessibility for bloggers to connect with surrogates, and to provide additional multimedia (photos, videos, et cetera) to their audiences.
Do I need to say how great this is? Update: Oops, got so excited I forgot to give out the info for interested bloggers. If you have any questions or for more information, please call Megan Mollman or Ryan Connolly in our Communications Department at (212) 356-2300.

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Comments

Couldn't pay me to travel into the city that week. Good Luck and dont forget the camera!!

Sweet. But I'm with Drew -- I'm glad it's you and not me.

-dg

I'll get the aerobed ready. ;)

Bah, the DNC already has this. :p (before someone takes this post too seriously, not the :p)

Argh, note the :p. Damn you typo!

Wow, congrats! Take lots of pictures so we all can get jealous... ;)

Where is the MSG Theater? I sent them a message about paying for space there, as in "why would I want to do that?" No answer yet.

If it's a media center I say attending bloggers should band together and form the Blog News Service and get one spot.

This may be of interest.

The King of Fools is currently attending the Texas GOP convention with media credentials given to him for his status as a blogger.

So what?? Now bloggers can be as bored and jaded by the ridiculous spectacle that is a Political Convention as the rest of the mainstream media? Bah. This is just another example of how the powers-that-be are co-opting the blogosphere.

If you want to go suck the dicks of a bunch of political tools at an entirely stage managed event, be my guest. But what the hell would you say? "Ooooh! Look! A circular stage!" "Hm. The delegates from Texas sure got some purdy hats." etc.

And note: I'm a Republican, so don't try to make this a partisan thing. I think bloggers at the Dem convention are just as stupid. No matter what you think of the protesters at both these conventions, at least they're doing somthing interesting and spontaneous. Which is why the big story will be outside the conventions all week.

Mr. Mr.

"No matter what you think of the protesters at both these conventions, at least they're doing somthing interesting and spontaneous"

...he said in advance, obviously confused by the meanings of the words "spontaneous" and "interesting."

But did you ever hear back about creds for the Dem Convention?

I think it will be great. Some blogger might even top the greatest report from a convention, which was by Comedy Central and reporter Chris Rock. "Once agian, I am the only black person in the room."

Best of all bloggers can write about what the media is doing and talking about. I can't wait for the conventions.

"If you want to go suck the dicks of a bunch of political tools at an entirely stage managed event, be my guest. But what the hell would you say? "Ooooh! Look! A circular stage!" "Hm. The delegates from Texas sure got some purdy hats." etc."

lol...priceless

The future is now! Resistance is futile.

I have an honest question. How would you propose dividing up the available number of spots (limited, I'm sure) between the bloggers? In other words, what would make Blogger A more qualified than Blogger B? Do you hand select the bloggers? Do you do a lottery? Do you do the first x number of applicants? References? Previous writings? Number of Readers?

Anywho, its a great step in establishing the mainstream legitimacy of blogging.

I was going to go as a "Guest" but it would be nice not to have to trek to a laundrymat in Chelsea just to get Internet access!

I think it's great that they are giving us bloggers access, but will the convention(s) give us any real content? That is debatable.

I must say that I find it most important that the bloggers chosen are not necessarily from the party holding the convention. The spin from bloggers "on the other side of the aisle" would be well worth reading.

Another thing that is good is that the speakers should and will be aware of the bloggers who will be able to report "instantly", so I would have to believe the rhetoric will be less than in the past.

For that same reason, I think the Democratic Convention will not be as "open" or transparent (as Jeff Jarvis says).

I think its important to have independent news sources around the convention BECAUSE the story will be outside the convention.
I bet that there will be a concerted effort to incite police violence, and when it suceeds, no matter how isolated the case, that will become the story. The GOP mayor enforcing the aggressive wishes of the GOP party and president, and what does it say about us as a nation, and isn't it the same evil as Abu Graib.
They will fluff one comatose trust fund radical into a referendum on Bush, because they know that pictures work, and they have no confidence in their candidate's ability to get it done on his own.
I want some honest blogger to be there with the "...but didn't he try to throw battery acid on the cops face? That doesn't seem peaceful."
Dennymack

I think this is great. A good way to get all sorts of coverage, not just the packaged stuff the networks are putting together. Good for you, I hope you're there with your press pass on!

Hey DennyDumbass

Show me one picture from the United States in the past 10 years when a protester "threw battery acid" in a cops face. Even better, show me one protester being violent to any cop.

You can't. Because it never happened. So fuck off, dumbass.

Darn. Now someguy will have to think about something else to do at the protest.

As much as I'd love to be there, I'm already gonna be in school by then.

Maybe I can squeeze in a trip to the DNC and hang out with Joe Lieberman.

Thank you so much for the head's up. I have already submitted my request for credentials.

And how silly that some of your posters think that the protesters outside the walls are more spontaneous and interesting than what's going on inside. I hope you realize that they are staged also.

Ahh, I'll be in the Middle East, but I certainly would've tried to go. (I think I could've gone with the College Republicans anyway).

I work for the NCGOP and they only let a few people from the office go, sadly I'm a mere intern.

Have fun if you get credentialed!

I enjoy your blog!

I was going to go as a "Guest" but it would be nice not to have to trek to a laundrymat in Chelsea just to get Internet access!

Please. You wouldn't have to go to the laundrymat! You could go to the Big Cup on 8th Ave, get your free internet access, and get picked up by some good looking Chelsea Boys.