July 08, 2004

Something Rotten in Boston

Well, this is an interesting bit of email:

Dear John Tabin:

Last week you were sent a credential allocation letter not properly
authorized by the DNCC for press coverage of the 2004 Democratic
National Convention.

Upon further review of the overall site capacity at the FleetCenter, we
are no longer able to issue your organization a DNCC Press Gallery
Credential. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Again, we thank you for your interest in covering the 2004 Democratic
National Convention and wish you well in your endeavors.

Sincerely,

Francesca Gage and Michael Hurlbut
Directors of the DNCC Press Gallery

The letter announcing my approved credentials, by the way, was apparently signed by hand by Ms. Gage.

According to Wizbang, the same thing happened to Bill of INDC Journal. This might imply that they're trying to hastily shut out non-lefty bloggers, though when they asked for more info on my blog I listed the places I've written for professionally (AmSpec, TCS, OpinionJournal), so it's not like I kept my perspective secret. Basically, this looks like more of the incompetence that is by all accounts endemic to the Democrats' operation in Boston.

Incidentally, if you look closely at the scan of the letter that Jerome Armstrong of the liberal MyDD blog received, you'll notice that he's only approved for "Perimeter" credentials-- i.e., no access within the FleetCenter. I was approved (according to my letter) for "Hall" credentials, i.e. full access, possibly because I've actually done some professional journalism; if that was the reason, then there might be a bit of stretching involved in the official line that bloggers will be treated "just the same as other reporters," as the convention's director of online communications Mark Lidell put it. (To be fair, though, I'm sure plenty of "real" reporters are also only getting perimeter credentials.)

UPDATE: More here.

Posted by John Tabin at July 8, 2004 02:30 AM
Comments

I know you're not looking to cause a stir but here's what I would do (for what it's worth):

Show up with the original letter signed by Francesca Gage and state that you're officially allowed into the 'Hall' area of the Fleet Center.

If they don't let you in just say that you're going to go on Fox News and any other network/local station and state your case to be allowed in.

Posted by: El Jefe at July 8, 2004 09:18 AM

"Incidentally, if you look closely at the scan of the letter that Jerome Armstrong of the liberal MyDD blog received, you'll notice that he's only approved for "Perimeter" credentials-- i.e., no access within the FleetCenter. I was approved (according to my letter) for "Hall" credentials.."

They screwed up, and later notified me that I'm in the Hall too.

Posted by: Jerome Armstrong at July 9, 2004 02:30 PM