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Media get VIP treatment in N.C. (VIDEO)
Boston Herald ^ | 09-03-2012 | Joe Battenfeld And Hillary Chabot

Posted on 09/07/2012 11:00:05 PM PDT by bronxville

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Obama doesn’t really need to suck up to the media, but Democrats here are taking no chances.

The Fourth Estate’s finest, here to cover the Democratic National Convention, were treated to speeding-motorcade-style police escorts to a welcome bash hosted by the owners of the network Republicans love to hate: CNN.

About a half-dozen police motorcycles and cruisers, with flashing lights and sirens blaring, led the way for a convoy of buses carrying reporters, photographers and others to the North Carolina Music Factory, site of the bash sponsored by Time Warner. The escorts then took the media back to Charlotte’s convention center.

Police actually blocked traffic on several streets to let the buses speed by, as frustrated motorists probably thought a party bigwig was delaying them.

Even some in the Obama-friendly media appeared to be taken aback.

“Everyone was looking around, wondering what’s going on,” said one political operative who was riding in the bus convoy. [...]

So, who ordered the escorts and who paid for them?

A Charlotte police spokesman said he would look into who funded the escorts, but never got back to the Herald. The city is getting a $50 million federal grant to help pay for security costs, and the city manager has special powers to order police to secure an area for an “extraordinary event.” A Democratic National Convention official also said he couldn’t provide any information about the escort.

Republicans in Tampa did not throw a separate bash for the media, and reporters there definitely did not get speeding police escorts, which could explain some of the negative coverage coming out of the convention.

Police escorts are usually reserved for VIPs. Even the delegates at the Republican National Convention did not get the motorcade treatment for their long bus trips into Tampa.

The media reporter for The Charlotte Observer noted the conflict of media getting escorts, calling them “a perk journalists usually write about rather than experience.” http://bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view.bg?articleid=1061157566&format=comments#CommentsArea

Debbie Wassername was there...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012dncconvention; mediagetviptx
"So, who ordered the escorts and who paid for them?"

"A Charlotte police spokesman said he would look into who funded the escorts, but never got back to the Herald. The city is getting a $50 million federal grant to help pay for security costs, and the city manager has special powers to order police to secure an area for an “extraordinary event.” A Democratic National Convention official also said he couldn’t provide any information about the escort." http://bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view/20220903media_get_vip_treatment_in_nc

Did the people of NC pay for this one might wonder. I haven't read anything about it but could easily have missed for an obvious reason(s). I'd like to know more...

1 posted on 09/07/2012 11:00:08 PM PDT by bronxville
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To: bronxville

And there was this...

Objective media using fake names to purchase Obama gear?
http://michellemalkin.com/2012/09/07/media-fake-names-obama-gear/


2 posted on 09/07/2012 11:01:46 PM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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3 posted on 09/07/2012 11:02:20 PM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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To: bronxville

The federal government gave them $50M for this event.

dang.

I am not surprised that the DNC and the MSM are one and the same.


4 posted on 09/07/2012 11:49:33 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

“I am not surprised that the DNC and the MSM are one and the same.”

This is something the right has to counter; not necessarily the “Republicans” (who often are birds of a feather with Dems), but the forces of “the right” (religious conservatives, traditionalists, pro-family groups, TEA Party - officially fiscal conservatives, with no official stance on many social issues, etc.). They need to not just influence one party, but the larger electorate as a whole.


5 posted on 09/08/2012 1:07:08 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: kearnyirish2

How would that happen?

Can we get 5 million conservatives to buy up Viacom stock? lol.


6 posted on 09/08/2012 1:13:49 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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“Can we get 5 million conservatives to buy up Viacom stock? lol.”

I don’t know; it would probably have to be something more unconventional (Free Republic is a good start). I don’t think the powers that be would allow a mainstream media outlet to operate; even Fox News to me seems very compromised.


7 posted on 09/08/2012 3:39:28 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: bronxville

I’m looking forward to the stories about the DNC skipping town without paying their bills.


8 posted on 09/08/2012 5:16:45 AM PDT by moovova (Hope-ium...Time to kick the habit.)
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To: kearnyirish2

Right. Even if someone launched a new channel with a lot of money behind it the cable and satellite systems would not carry it if they think it would be a conservative channel.

If someone took, name any low rated channel they all seem to carry, and hired Laura Ingraham, Michelle Malkin, Mark Steyn, Hugh Hewitt and others to host one-hour daily talk shows and called it ‘News Talk-TV’ I think it would probably become one of the highest rated channels because it’d be the only place like it.


9 posted on 09/08/2012 12:18:14 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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