Day two at the RNC Boston became was a story of media rushes and speeches.
The schedule showed several open events for Press including a town hall that I was anxious to attend:
and a woman’s forum that I also attended (both will have their own posts later on)
But for the rest of the people carrying press credentials the only story worth getting on Thursday was Chris Christie who the MSM has dubbed (fairly or unfairly) to be the moderate club that was to be used to beat down the GOP base (Right up until & unless he gets the nomination then the Media will dub him a conservative ogre beyond the pale)
Unfortunately for that plan Chris Christie’s scheduled speech which was closed to the press although there were mummers by some of sneaking in a recorder and unlike Newt Gingrich who engaged the press the day before
Since Christie didn’t have a press open event the goal was to get that Christie Shot so any potential chance to do so was a priority, such a priority that an escalator became the place for the media to be
Christie never came down that elevator and when the media walked away dejectedly I would have paid real money to see him come down after the last one left.
They next set up opposite the room where Christie dined with a large GOP contingent, the cameras were set up as they waited for the doors to open and the Governor to come out. Alas Christie did not come
The people who attended Christie’s speech were impressed and those quotes obtained 2nd hand produced a lot of press and the next morning the MSM had the story they wanted, a GOP divided, a candidate hitting the base, a party in demographic trouble that needs to reject its base.
But if they had talked to Morton Blackwell they would have heard a different argument
to my mind the party grows when you’re open at the bottom and make it clear that the people who generally share our principles are welcome to the party.
That description would include not only Chris Christie to the party but the Ron Paul people and social conservatives like me.
and if that media they had taken a few minutes to look around them, they would have seen the GOP alternative to Elliot Spitzer in NY
but his story was not the story they media wished to tell, as evidenced by an exchange during the GOP event on women in the party.
The reality is it doesn’t matter how many republican women screamed at the top of their lungs the GOP war on Women was BS. If the people didn’t hear them because the media didn’t show them and masters of culture didn’t acknowledge them, as far as the voters were concerned it never happened.
That’s why I spent as much time as possible talking to delegates and state chairs instead of joining scrums like this one.
I’d be just as interested in getting an interview with Reince Priebus as the next guy but he is not the story here. All of these people who have come from all over the country to make or influence the decision of the party are the story and unless we tell and spread these stories the only message that will come from the RNC meetings in Boston will be from the MSM Template
Here is my summary of the day
I have dozens of interviews to post and I’ll be doing this over the course of the week. Tonight I’ll be in NH to cover Allen West and a NH party/grass roots event It should be an interesting contrast.
It will be interesting to see if the MSM finds that newsworthy.
It’s Friday and I’m at $121 out of the $305 weekly paycheck needed to cover the mortgage not to mention the $70 buck or so the RNC Boston coverage cost (gas subway & parking)
If you want to help finance stories outside of the MSM Template and see the interviews they don’t think are interesting I need you to hit DaTipJar 9 people kicking in $20 will fill that paycheck, and if there is any extra to cover the RNC expense and the expenses in covering Allen West later today, so much the better.