Rally to restore totalitarianism No cameras allowed?

by Datechguy | October 30th, 2010

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Rally to restore totalitarianism No cameras allowed?

It looks like Com­edy Cen­tral is REALLY try­ing to stage man­age a suc­cess­ful rally:

Steve Albani:
Please note, tap­ing for tele­vi­sion or any other film­ing is strictly pro­hib­ited between 3rd and 7th Street with­out a media credential.

Richard Pol­lack sets him straight about the law:

Although it may not make any sense to you at this moment, the National Mall is not a TV set, although it may look like one.

As the for­mer chief Wash­ing­ton pro­ducer for ABC’s “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica” for nine years, let me assure you that you can­not bar cam­eras from pub­lic walk­ways on the Mall. It has never happened.

And so we will be there crew and all.

It does seem a bit incred­u­lous that a rally for “rea­son­able­ness” should exclude freely based cam­era crews exer­cis­ing their First Amend­ment rights to cover your atten­dees walk­ing on pub­lic prop­erty. Unless this is Prague in 1968. And unless Com­edy Cen­tral own tanks. Or unless it deploys a Com­edy Police with enforce­ment powers.

An attempt to pro­tect their live show, or an attempt to man­age news? It will be fun to see them try to stop peo­ple on pub­lic prop­erty film­ing and tweet­ing. I don’t think it will go over well with their fans. Are these peo­ple really this stupid?

I smell crash­ing and burning.

Update: After 2 hours of watch­ing this I know why they were for­bid­ing film­ing. It really REALLY Su*&^!

Update: Tweet of the day:

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It looks like Comedy Central is REALLY trying to stage manage a successful rally:

Steve Albani:
Please note, taping for television or any other filming is strictly prohibited between 3rd and 7th Street without a media credential.

Richard Pollack sets him straight about the law:

Although it may not make any sense to you at this moment, the National Mall is not a TV set, although it may look like one.

As the former chief Washington producer for ABC’s “Good Morning America” for nine years, let me assure you that you cannot bar cameras from public walkways on the Mall. It has never happened.

And so we will be there crew and all.

It does seem a bit incredulous that a rally for “reasonableness” should exclude freely based camera crews exercising their First Amendment rights to cover your attendees walking on public property. Unless this is Prague in 1968. And unless Comedy Central own tanks. Or unless it deploys a Comedy Police with enforcement powers.

An attempt to protect their live show, or an attempt to manage news? It will be fun to see them try to stop people on public property filming and tweeting. I don’t think it will go over well with their fans. Are these people really this stupid?

I smell crashing and burning.

Update: After 2 hours of watching this I know why they were forbiding filming. It really REALLY Su*&^!

Update: Tweet of the day:

This really says it all

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