Well we are half way through the convention season that crashes down on a city, brings four days of political zealots and party loyalists to the city in question. The media drops down from every corner of the country including newspaper, television and radio. The events themselves have been so scripted it is almost become a Broadway production. When you watch the whips running up and down the aisles giving out signs the delegates must wave. Then at the same time taking back the last sign so it is no longer seen in the camera shot. Every camera shot has been manipulated for maximum exposure from a national television aspect. This happens at both Democrat and Republican conventions, one of the biggest surprises in this year coverage so far is well, the lack of coverage. The prime time slots of Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Joseph Biden, and Barack Obama were all covered by the major nets but nothing else. In fact the slot was used mostly for talking heads to tell you what they think you will see to come. Most of the headline speeches were set to 15 or 30 minutes after the hour to have plenty of lead time. The only place to actually watch gavel to gavel coverage is on CSPAN. The channel is really just for political junkies, but this is where you needed to go if you wanted the real message of what the party was trying to get across. When we ask people if they watch it was always a piece of this, or a piece of that. One person told us, it was just a four day commercial for party view. We suppose the claim is correct but if you are going to have a commercial run for that length of time should it not be something this important. If you watch the DNC in Boston on July 27, 2004 (night two) the keynote speaker was Barack Obama and it was speech that made him a national candidate four years later. Tea512 thinks that it not a lot to ask that every four years American give up eight nights to find out what the leaders of this two party system have got to say.
YEAH, I LET YOU SHAPE ME
BUT I FEEL AS THOUGH YOU RAPED ME
‘CAUSE YOU CLIMBED INSIDE MY WORLD
AND IN MY SONGS
Locomotive / W. Axl Rose (1991)