You have to admire the Obama campaign; they’ve got brass. In spite of being the most successful fundraisers in the history of US elections, they expect the media to pay for the privilege of covering the Prophet Barack’s election night party in Chicago:
A memo sent to news organizations on Tuesday by the Obama campaign says credentials will cost $715 to $1,815, depending on whether electrical and phone lines are needed and whether an indoor or outdoor seat is requested for the event, which is expected to be held outside the evening of Nov. 4 in Grant Park.
The only free admissions are for a “general media” area. But, the memo says, “Please note that the general media area is outdoors, unassigned and may have obstructed views . . . standing room only.”
The area also does not include access to top Obama campaign officials, whose statements likely are to be in hot demand on Election Night. They apparently will be available only in the “press file” tent, to which an additional admission fee of $935 per person is being imposed.
Obama aides declined to answer questions about why a campaign that raised $150 million in the month of September is demanding such payments. But the memo already is drawing some protest.
I’ll say. Check out what Sun-Times bureau chief Lynn Sweet has to say:
The Obama campaign is putting a hefty price tag on the best camera and reporting positions for news organizations covering Barack Obama’s outdoor election night activities in downtown Chicago. If a reporter wants access to the file center–which will be the best place to find Obama officials and spokesmen–be prepared to write a check for $935. The cheapest place a reporter could stand on a riser with a view is $880.
That $935 covers one reporter in a heated file tent, power, cable tv, internet and food. I am told by an Obama spokesman who did not want his name used that this just covers costs and they are not turning a profit on this. The planners could have built in more al a carte options for Grant Park coverage.
This is an outrageous pay to play plan that caters to national elite outlets with deep pockets.
She provides the complete price list.
Really, considering how the major media have whored themselves for Obama’s sake over the past year or so (Though, notably, not so much the Chicago papers. Maybe they know something?), you’d think a fundraising behemoth (including illegal foreign donations) like the Obama campaign would treat them right, with some gratitude.
I dunno, O Prophet. With all the stories the media has barely investigated, distorted, sat on, and flat-out ignored on your behalf, I’d be wary of treating them like used Kleenex.
Even if they’ve earned it.
Iowahawk provides the unexpurgated transcripts of what Smokin’ Joe Biden really said in Seattle this weekend:
Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden promised a group of supporters Sunday that running mate Barack Obama "will absolutely 100% trigger a nuclear Armageddon kinda thing" within the first 20 minutes of his presidency, but added that "Barack Obama is looking forward to this apocalyptic opportunity to test his mettle, because he totally aced his LSATs."
"Mark my words," Biden promised at the Seattle fundraiser Sunday. "There will be an international crisis. The world will be looking. They’ll say, hey, here is this handsome, clean, ar-ti-cu-late young president, not unlike a very, very tanned John Fitzgerald Kennedy, dancing at his inaugural ball with his beautiful wife who is not unlike a very very very extremely tanned Jackie. And our enemies will think, ‘ba ha ha, look at how thees seely new Amerikanski preseedent dances so! Such skeels can only be from many years in zee dancing school, where theys do not teaching the toughness! Launch zee meesiles!’ But these enemies are in for a big surprise. America’s foes must never confuse Barack Obama’s terrific dance floor moves with weakness — because as an Afro-American African, Barack is a natural dancer."
"Listen, I can sit here all day and give you at least sixty or seventy scenarios from where it might originate," Biden said. "Iran, Russia, definitely France. India is a possibility because they have sleeper cells in all the 7-11s, and the Koreans with all their toxic dry cleaning chemicals. I wouldn’t be surprised if Spain or Portugal started thinking, hey, ese, let’s do a driveby and recolonize the New World."
"Make no mistake, it will be coming from all sides. Shpeew shpeew shpeew! buddda buddddaaa! Boossscchhhh," said Biden, pantomiming gun battles and mushroom clouds. "And there, standing in the middle of it will be Barack Obama — cool, calm, clean, ar-ti-cu-late. And lemme tell ya, this guy smells fabulous. He’s ready to lay down the international law and take back the mean geopolitical streets from the jive turkeys, like Shaft. Yeah, baby, you remember Shaft. Wokka chicka, wokka chicka. Who’s the black dick who’s a sex machine with all the chicks? Barack! Yeah, that Barack is one bad mutha… shut yo mouth! Hey I’m just takin’ ’bout Barack. You can take that to the bank, sugar."
Read and laugh at the whole thing.
In light of Joe Biden’s stunning prediction of an international crisis (or three) within six months of Barack Obama taking office as President, I think it’s worthwhile to review what the Democratic vice-presidential said about his running mate during the primaries. Roll the tape!
Some of the best McCain commercials are those that let the Democrats speak for themselves.
(Hat tip: Ed Morrissey)
That's the title of Orson Scott Card's piece as he rips into a mainstream media that has utterly failed in its duty to inform the American people about the origins of the economic crisis:
If you had any principles, then surely right now, when the American people are set to blame President Bush and John McCain for a crisis they tried to prevent, and are actually shifting to approve of Barack Obama because of a crisis he helped cause, you would be laboring at least as hard to correct that false impression.
Your job, as journalists, is to tell the truth. That's what you claim you do, when you accept people's money to buy or subscribe to your paper.
But right now, you are consenting to or actively promoting a big fat lie — that the housing crisis should somehow be blamed on Bush, McCain, and the Republicans. You have trained the American people to blame everything bad — even bad weather — on Bush, and they are responding as you have taught them to.
If you had any personal honor, each reporter and editor would be insisting on telling the truth — even if it hurts the election chances of your favorite candidate.
Because that's what honorable people do. Honest people tell the truth even when they don't like the probable consequences. That's what honesty means . That's how trust is earned.
Barack Obama is just another politician, and not a very wise one. He has revealed his ignorance and naiveté time after time — and you have swept it under the rug, treated it as nothing.
Meanwhile, you have participated in the borking of Sarah Palin, reporting savage attacks on her for the pregnancy of her unmarried daughter — while you ignored the story of John Edwards's own adultery for many months.
So I ask you now: Do you have any standards at all? Do you even know what honesty means?
Read the whole thing.
(hat tip: LGF)
Two items for your consideration this evening.
First, a female Christian aid worker was gunned down in Kabul:
A woman working for a UK-registered charity has been shot dead near Kabul University in the Afghan capital.
Gayle Williams, 34, was a UK and South African national. She was killed by two men on a motorbike, witnesses told the BBC.
The Taleban are reported to have said they killed her because she was working for a Christian organisation called Serve Afghanistan.
In August the Taleban killed three foreign women near Kabul.
Ms Williams was killed while walking to work, police said.
An eyewitness told the BBC that two men on a motorbike drew alongside her. One man then got off the motorbike and shot her six times at close range before jumping back on the bike and escaping.
Mike Lyth paid tribute to Ms Williams
Children on the street going to school also saw the incident.
Because the kiddies, especially the girls, need to be taught a lesson. (Actually, I'm pretty sure she was whacked mostly for being Christian. That she was a she was just a bonus to these medieval lunatics.)
Next, al Qaeda franchise in Algeria ("Al Qaeda for the Islamic Magreb") kidnapped and beheaded a young boy who worked for the cops:
…a young police cook was assassinated in Boudouau, in Kabylia near the capital. The head of the boy taken hostage two days ago has also been found alongside railway tracks, according to Liberté. It is a macabre action which, said the newspaper, is a clear sign that the Salafite Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC, now Al Qaeda for the Islamic Magreb) has adopted the gruesome methods used by the Armed Islamic Group (GIA).
Holy Warriors, indeed.
LINKS: Phyllis Chesler on gender and religious apartheid.