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Wow!  It’s good to see that the nonpartisan John Locke Foundation is coming through with some more high quality convention coverage. Last week, as you will recall, the Locke people had a breathless, cheer-leading “liveblog” of the final night of the RNC in Tampa.

Now, this week, they’ve turned “Director of Regulatory Studies” Jon Sanders loose (among others) to claim that Obama is being “deified” by the Democrats because some vendors in Charlotte are selling or promoting various bits of laudatory kitsch. (Has this guy ever been to a Washington, DC tourist site?) This concocted narrative has, in turn, provided Sanders with license to link to all sorts of other articles and claims about the President (some from years ago) of which he disapproves along with some amazingly vicious attacks.

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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?

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As people here in North Carolina are scrambling getting ready for the DNC in Charlotte, down in Florida the GOP are starting their convention, already delayed by Isaac.

For those interested, here is a round-up of what all you can find on TV coverage.

YouTube has also put together this really cool page for politics that presumably will cover both conventions and the rest of the election season this year: YouTube Politics.