July 08, 2004

The Boston Blogger Bungle

I'm following up on the weirdness with press credentials to the Democratic National Convention. The line from the DNCC Press Gallery (I just got off the phone with them) is that this was a mistake, they're really sorry, they were overwhelmed with applications, and there was not (they're emphatic about this) an ideological litmus test. The spokeswoman I talked to insisted that there are bloggers of all stripes invited.

Bleg to the blogosphere: Please email me at John at JohnTabin.com if you've

a) gotten the same invited-and-then-disinvited treatment as Bill from INDC Journal and I got;

b) You've been approved and not disinvited, especially if you could reasonably be described as a "conservative blogger" (the spokeswoman used those words) or even simply not left-liberal, though I'd also like to hear from approved lefty bloggers just to get a count;


c) You applied and never heard back.

Posted by John Tabin at July 8, 2004 12:36 PM

Bill at INDC mentioned that there were about 60 applications.

I'd run with the hard copy in hand. Get together with Bill, and both of you show up, with a news camera crew in tow, present your letters, and ask for your credentials.

Let the 'overwhelmed organizers' do a song and dance musical number with the little red light for accompaniment.

That's entertainment!

Posted by: Wind Rider at July 8, 2004 01:13 PM

I mentioned the 60 applicants figure, the flak said it was more like 200. That's why I'm curious to hear from anyone who applied.

Posted by: John Tabin at July 8, 2004 01:27 PM

"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,"

Try again.

They screwed this up too. I was later contacted and told that was in error, and that I was to have inside the hall access too.

Posted by: Jerome Armstrong at July 9, 2004 02:32 PM

Nice spin on my idea, Wind Rider!

Posted by: El Jefe at July 9, 2004 04:56 PM

You can count me in the list of those invited, then disinvited with "Hall" passes. Tally me in the libertarian column.

Posted by: James Landrith at July 11, 2004 11:47 PM