Did anybody... *talk* to anybody else before they decided on this Obama stadium thing?

Or was this just one of those "Hey, let's get a blimp!" moments, and nobody was there to say no?

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Because I don't think that this is what the Democratic Party (note noun) wanted:

Networks may limit convention coverage

Obama’s decision “makes it enormously more expensive,” said Paul Friedman, senior vice president at CBS News. “It does add to the overall question of how the networks should cover what is a non-news event.”

Major television networks are considering curtailing coverage of the Democratic National Convention after Monday’s announcement that Barack Obama will accept his party's nomination in a Denver stadium.

According to several broadcast executives, the networks will still cover all the major speeches. But beyond that, all options are open as they look for savings to balance out the anticipated costs surrounding the stadium event. The acceptance event is an unexpected departure from the traditional convention hall format for which they have spent months planning.

Network executives expect Obama’s relatively late-breaking decision to speak at Invesco Field at Mile High, a 76,000-seat football stadium, could add hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs to already cash-strapped news divisions. Each network has budgeted millions to cover the political conventions, but that spending is already accounted for in specific costs ranging from hotel rooms to staffing to building convention platforms.

For most networks, any additional outlays for the convention would come out of their 2008 campaign budget.

The article goes on to discuss various ways that the networks are thinking of saving cash at this late a date - and reading between the lines, they're actually already inclined to find any handy excuse to cut back convention coverage, probably because these things are usually as dull as dishwater. Unfortunately for the Democrats, the networks want to cut back coverage as being not a good ROI: cutting back because they don't have enough to cover sudden expenses inflicted upon them by a third party is about as aggravating to them as it would be to you, me, or anybody else reading this.

As witnessed by the pull-quote above. Allow me to clue in the Obama campaign: when somebody at Paul Friedman's level permits his name to be linked to a comment like that, it's a subtle hint. Paul Friedman would like somebody from the Obama campaign to give him a call. Somebody who is not an intern.

And he'd like to be getting that call first thing in the morning, thanks.

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because 80,000 supporters in front of a man whose bread and butter is inspirational speeches is a bad idea and photo/video op

and because the cable news networks are LOATHE to devote even a second to 2008 campaign coverage

have fun at the bingo parlor in Minny

he's right about this one. As I noted in another post, Obama's speech coincides with the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech in Washington--bigtime symbolism. The press is gong to show up, even if they have to shell out unbudgeted coin to set up their cameras. And sheesh, I hope we haven't reached the point where our political system is dictated by the spending priorities of the MSM!

I'm presuming drunk, judging from the profanity-laden comment he made just afterwards.

As to your point - oh, they'll be there. They just won't be as likely to be thrilled. People or organizations stuck with the bill for other people's rookie enthusiasms rarely are.

The Fuzzy Puppy of the VRWC. I've been usurped!

Cats is such an eloquent commentator. Must be way past his bedtime.

I hope this helps Pat Bowlen's cash flow enough to sign a free agent or two, when the Broncos need the flexibility of a large check that requires his signature.

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The most dangerous lies are those that involve twisting, mixing previous statements to conjure a new statement.

Obama's strategy is the use of the Devil's lies. Mixing up statements so that you can never find excuse but to accept them, even you know there's something wrong deep within.

My Old Man said long time ago to get away from such person.

Whether Obama means what he says or not... will nolonger affect me.

Because I will vote for McCain this November.

What are you on?

This is exactly the Obama policy.

Get money from corporations, lobbyists, small businesses, rich and poor.

And use the same for propaganda.

I hope the MCCAIN CAMPAIGN will not do the same.



"G'morning, Mr. Friedman, thanks for taking my call on such short notice. Look, I'm sorry about your planning and I know you've got years of experience covering these things, but a lot of things are Changing this year, and you need to make the adjustment.

What I'd suggest to you is that the convention itself is most definitely a non-news event as you've already perceived. But our event at Mile High is going to be the most newsworthy event of the summer.

What's that? Some sports thing in China? Well A, that's not on your network. B, I guarantee you we'll out-pull them. And C, children will be reading about our event in their history textbooks for years to come, and someone, maybe you, will snap the iconic photos that will be in everyone's mind for the rest of their lives. You get my drift here?

Besides, ask yourself this: what's the only reason that anyone ever pays attention to the Democratic Convention? It's to see which rising young star makes the keynote speech and gets propelled into the national spotlight, isn't it?

So since you're going to Denver primarily to cover one single speech anyway, we're making your job easier, not harder.

So look, I understand that you've already put in months of planning on the other thing, but you need to think in terms of cutting your losses. We'd all be much better off if you drop your coverage of all the major speeches at the Convention (except for specific ones we'll give you advance guidance on).

And pile on into Mile High Stadium for the main event!

Oh and Paul, I'm a little pressed for time, so I'd kind of like your answer now. I've got a couple of the other networks calling me back right now and I need to take those calls."

*You don't think THE OBAMA would do it

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

"...you on the phone: what was your fund-raising total for June, anyway?"

The Fuzzy Puppy of the VRWC. I've been usurped!

When Mr. Friedman is running for president he can make the decisions. The dogs may bark, but the caravan moves on...

...when even the possibility of fallibility in Obama comes up!

It's cute, really.

The Fuzzy Puppy of the VRWC. I've been usurped!

the folks who build the hippie cages. I'm sure they're thrilled about having to corral 50,000 additional unwashed Agents of Change. Have fun at your post-Katrina Superdome in Denver, Dems.

I cast no aspersions upon you, mind; it's a literary reference. :)

The Fuzzy Puppy of the VRWC. I've been usurped!

LOL by blooch

Especially #28:

"My pet monster will be kept in a secure cage from which it cannot escape and into which I could not accidentally stumble."

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