I’m an objective journalist, but even I have to admit that I got a little misty-eyed when I saw the story of an 106-year-old Atlanta woman who cast her vote for Barack Obama. The woman witnessed the Civil Rights movement and remembers a time when she wasn’t allowed to vote because of her race. She went to vote early today, she says, because, “I ain’t got time to die.”
Archive for October, 2008
October’s DC Magazine is now on newsstands, and in it I have a piece about where high-end travel agents are steering their clients this season. Even though we’re in the midst of the current economic crisis and the price of travel has skyrocketed they’re not dissuaded. “If you have money, you’re traveling better now than you would have ever traveled before,” says one über-agent. Click Here for the PDF of the article to read more.
Political campaigns are always quick to blame the media for tinkering with their messages (though they should remember, without them, there would be no message at all). But I was pretty shocked to see the reaction of the crowd at yesterday’s Sarah Palin rally, as described by Dana Milbank in The Washington Post. He writes that “Palin’s routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness…”
In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric’s questions for her “less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media.” At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, “Sit down, boy.”
Really redefines the idea of attacking the media doesn’t it? Scary stuff.