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Top of the morning: Different kinds of convention coverage

There are obviously lots of different ways to cover a big and complex news event like a political convention. Some journalists focus on the scripted events on the podium, some interview delegates, some look outside of the convention hall. 

Here’s one kind of “coverage” you will not find on our site next week: a cheer-leading group of “livebloggers.” Last night, the Locke Foundation had several staffers set up to “liveblog” the final two hours of the Tampa convention.

Okay — I get it when people tweet or live-blog with contemporaneous commentary. I often wonder who the heck is reading it in the middle of the evening when, if they care at all about the event at all, they’re probably watching it themselves on TV, but I get it.

But can someone tell me what the point is of having — as the Locke people did last night — three of your staffers do a real time narration of live events that once can watch on TV?

Examples:

Rick Henderson – 9:33 PM

Now, a group of Olympic champions from the 2002 Winter Games are on the stage to support Romney

Rick Henderson – 10:36 PM

Romney at the podium. Loud cheers.

Becki Gray – 10:41 PM

Rubio: To he who much is given, much is expected.

We live in a troubled time. Life in America can be better than it has ever been.

His mother was one of seven girls. She and his dad, a bartender never made it big but they were successful – because they made things possible for their children.

Barry Smith – 11:09 PM

Romney digs at Obama promises, then says, “My promise is  to help you and your family.”

Becki Gray – 11:24 PM

If the Romney/Ryan crew can keep up with all those children chasing after balloons, they can turn this country around in no time!

As North Carolina hosts its first national political convention next week, Policy Watch journalist Sarah Ovaska will be in Charlotte looking for interesting stories that you may not find in the mainstream news media. We hope you’ll check back regularly next week to get some of Sarah’s takes.

Follow Sarah on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SarahOvaska.

And we promise: No cheer-leading and no “liveblogging” narrations of events you can watch yourself.

 

 

4 Comments


  1. Doug

    August 31, 2012 at 8:29 am

    I’m sure you’ll be able to find a plethora of useless blogs and tweets from Charlotte.

  2. david esmay

    August 31, 2012 at 9:12 am

    GOP highlight, Clint Eastwood debated an empty chair…. and lost. The most surreal moment of the convention, aside from Ayn Ryand’s liturgy of lies and deceptions. Empty suits completely out of touch with reality. I can’t decide which was worse, an old man screaming at a chair or the veep nominee chastising the President about Simpson/Bowles, a committee he was a prominent member of, who led the vote against it’s findings, acting as if he was some kind of passive observer. Pathetic.

  3. Frank Burns

    September 1, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    We’ always remember the empty chair. This is an image that won’t go away. It’s an image that sticks with with Campaigner in chief. Courtesy of Hotair, it is appropriate to quote a poem by William Hughes Mearns:

    Yesterday upon the stair
    I met a man who wasn’t there
    He wasn’t there again today
    Oh, how I wish he’d go away
    When I came home last night at three
    The man was waiting there for me
    But when I looked around the hall
    I couldn’t see him there at all!
    Go away, go away, don’t you come back any more!
    Go away, go away, and please don’t slam the door
    Last night I saw upon the stair
    A little man who wasn’t there
    He wasn’t there again today
    Oh, how I wish he’d go away

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