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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Scenes from a Nascent Convention

posted by on August 30 at 14:10 PM


Down at the Xcel Center, CNN has rented, renovated, and renamed an entire bar for its VIP headquarters:


And, on a giant digital billboard, Fox’s paean to Palin looms over press, workers, and other peons:



This is a maddening NYT story about a billboard controversy in St. Paul—portraits of Iraq veterans cancelled, at the last minute, for being “inappropriate”:

Ms. Opton’s photographs, part of a series called the Soldier Billboard Project, have been displayed on billboards in Syracuse, and one was on a billboard in Denver during the Democratic National Convention. But the company that owns the Minneapolis-St. Paul billboards, CBS Outdoor, part of the larger media conglomerate, canceled her contract last week, having decided that the pictures sent a confusing and inappropriate message.

If by “inappropriate” CBS means “affecting,” then yes—they’re inappropriate:


And you know what? They’re not even all that affecting. They’re mild. I thought McCain—and the Republican—were the tough guys and broads, made of sterner stuff.

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Out with the ol(D), and bring in the (R)eal, but before we leave them behind, here's a last look at Barjaya giving that speech during Electoral Idol in Denver:

Posted by John Bailo | August 30, 2008 2:31 PM

^^^wtf is wrong with you?

Posted by osu student | August 30, 2008 2:35 PM

those dudes definitely don't look like press or peons

Posted by Postum | August 30, 2008 4:10 PM

@2: Ignore him. He's just a pathetic, whiny little asshole, trying to piss off some liberals.

Posted by demo kid | August 30, 2008 4:18 PM

is that you with the fucked up acne scars and fat ugly jowels in your sad flikr page? the same page with the retarded, worse-than-photoshop anti obama patch-together images that your mother probably has only seen? and hates? cause they're retarded? huh? i hope you really do work for the PI.


Posted by princess | August 30, 2008 4:26 PM


Any of y'all following Palin's baby-grandmama-drama? I'm still skeptical, but find the dkos coverage to present a fairly compelling argument.

Posted by Sara | August 30, 2008 5:04 PM

hey, why's palin's giving the nazi salute on that billboard? is minnesota a bastion of neo-nazi thugs?

Posted by mike | August 30, 2008 6:15 PM

Brendan, try to get into that big white tent to eat with the CBS crowd. They've got a great caterer making their food.

Posted by MidwayPete | August 30, 2008 7:47 PM

Palin's grandkid should be tested to make sure Palin's husband isn't the daddy. How do you think THAT would play in Peoria?

Posted by Somthing about the Gelding's pony smells fishy.... | August 30, 2008 7:49 PM

Gawd, I was just thinking about how brave and prescient Dan was when he wrote this:

I get all tingly around the prostate just from re-reading it.

Posted by Josh | August 30, 2008 9:59 PM

@ 2: Relax. As a press person, I'm including myself in the peon category. We're all peons to her.

Posted by Brendan Kiley | August 31, 2008 9:42 AM

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