Skip to content

“Why did journalists go to the conventions again?”

by on September 7, 2012

Here’s an excellent digest of pieces discussing the “Why did journalists go to the conventions again?” question, courtesy of MediaBistro.com‘s “Morning Media Newsfeed” (which I receive in my inbox every day and which I strongly encourage you to subscribe to):

“At the 2012 Conventions, 15,000 Journalists Search for a Story (HuffPost / The Backstory) Scoops and valuable, legitimate nuggets of insight and information are hard to come by in Conventionland, yet reporters who swarmed the halls en masse in Tampa are all at it again in Charlotte, where the Democrats kicked off their election kabuki Tuesday.

LostRemote Perhaps this shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the DNC is out to a much stronger start than the RNC on social media. Twitter said that Michelle Obama’s speech peaked at more tweets per minute (28,003) than Mitt Romney’s speech (14,239) by a big margin.

HuffPost Members of the media immediately praised First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2012 Democratic Convention speech on Tuesday night. Obama, who stunned in a custom Tracy Reese dress, took the stage just after 10:30 p.m. EST.

The Washington Post / Dana Milbank Do not be deceived by all that talk of delegates and floor speeches: This is a convention of the media, by the media and for the media. There are some 15,000 representatives of the media here for the convention, and only about 5,000 delegates. This mathematical imbalance means most journalists spend their time with other journalists at events sponsored by corporations and hosted by media organizations for the purpose of entertaining advertisers and promoting themselves to each other.

Wisconsin Rapids Tribune / Cal Thomas The conventions have become scripted events that serve as infomercials for the two parties and they rarely make news; anyone interested in watching the conventions for longer periods than the one-hour of primetime the broadcast networks give them can watch cable; real political junkies can switch to C-SPAN where they can watch these political telethons until the final gavel falls.

TVNewser While Fox News Channel cleaned up in total viewers as well as the adults 25-54 and 18-49 demos during the RNC, the Comedy Central combo of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report were No. 1 in the even younger adults 18-34 demo, beating FNC, MSNBC and CNN in the 11 p.m. hour. Stewart and Colbert also topped MSNBC and CNN in the adults 18-49 demo.” (Source: MediaBistro.com)

Advertisements

From → Uncategorized

2 Comments
  1. Mike permalink

    I really like how Cal Thomas pointed out that the conventions are “scripted events that serve as infomercials for the two parties.” This statement is completely accurate when you examine how the entire conventions are planned out to the last min. Each guest is placed in a orderly fashion to entice the crowd of delegates and reporters and for the world watching. Its essentially a very long car commercial, but instead of a car nobody can afford, its for a competent president that’s needed in more ways now than in history.

  2. “Do not be deceived by all that talk of delegates and floor speeches: This is a convention of the media, by the media and for the media. There are some 15,000 representatives of the media here for the convention, and only about 5,000 delegates.”

    Well this is an interesting opinion by Milbank. Don’t you think? Here we have one reporter saying its all about the media, and an opportune moment for them to present themselves to other journalists. So, this is telling me that we just waste a boatload of money on a convention that doesn’t really touch upon key issues or things that really matter. As I commented on the other thread, its kind of annoying what’s become of the convention atmosphere. The fact that Michelle Obama, who’s not even a candidate had more tweets per minute than Mitt Romney, who is the Republican candidate is just crazy. Honestly, I think a lot of the work of investigating and cultivating your own political opinion must be done on your own.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: