New Toy for Political Junkies
Sprint and ABC are hoping the newest toy for political junkies will be MobiTV,
provided through ABC News and Sprints mobile phone service. Theoretically
MobiTV users can get real-time audio of the events leading up to the November
election, including the political conventions, and -- pay close attention to this
part video, too. The catch is the video will show up on your tiny, two-inch
cell phone screen at the rate of one frame per second, giving the picture of Peter
Jennings a decidedly jerky feel at roughly the quality you might see in a homemade
ABC says its the only television network providing gavel-to-gavel coverage
of the 2004 convention on your cell phone. MobiTV has been handed out to a few
ABC folks at the convention, but who else will be watching? Apparently no one.
The Sprint PCS Web site doesnt have a link to MobiTV, and a potential subscriber
who called up last week was told by a Sprint spokesman, We dont have
anything like that at this time.
On the Web
If you want to get a glimpse at how newspapers around the world are covering
the convention, go to Todays Front Pages at www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages.
An online version of a popular exhibit at the Newseum, a journalism museum in
Washington, D.C., the site provides front pages for more than 250 newspapers from
around the world. Updated every morning, the pages are available in full color.
You can search for your favorite paper alphabetically, or see what events newspapers
in different regions are featuring.
In the run-up to the Democratic National Convention, Bostons major newspapers
have been unrelentingly negative. The Globe panned a goodie bag for delegates
(Bland in Boston). Buried under headlines of police unrest, lawsuits
and computer threats were ideas for enjoying the week. The Herald
labels its coverage DNC MESS. One headline calls it the Demo-trash
invasion. Readers are solicited to share your misery. Bill Walczak
noted the harsh coverage in the Dorchester Reporter: People are going to
leave Boston and say, Jeez, that seems like a quiet town with a million
police officers around.
Where do the journalists
get THEIR news?
CNN senior analyst Jeff Greenfield loves blogger Chris Suellentrop of Slate,
the online magazine (slate.com). He also likes
Slate's Mickey Kaus and the Daily Kos (www.dailykos.com),
Instapundit, (www.instapundit.com), Andrew
Wonkette (www.wonkette.com) and TalkingPoints
I follow their links," he said. John Fox Sullivan shrugged off the question
in favor of promoting his National Journal magazine's daily newspaper at the convention
while schmoozing with TV talk show host John McLaughlin at The New York Times
party near the Boston Garden. "It's 48 pages!" Sullivan said. "We
have 90 people here!" At the media welcoming party on Saturday, The Hill
editor Albert Eisele boasted that his 10-year-old congressional newspaper will
be turning out two editions a day at the convention, with a staff of 12
people. "We've never done a daily before. The advertising market
is there" for the convention edition, he said.