Reporters (Mostly) Barred From Tea Party Convention

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 10:04 am

For a while, I’ve been calling and emailing the organizers of the National Tea Party Convention with some basic logistical questions, to no avail. Kevin Diaz explains why: the convention, held in Nashville next month, will be closed to all but “selected” members of the press.

Organizers say that journalists without passes will not be allowed into the convention at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. (A Star Tribune request for a pass was denied, the paper’s interest in covering its home-state congresswoman notwithstanding).
Convention spokesman Judson Phillips informs us that most of the sessions are closed “at the request” of the presenters. “Given the media interest, I don’t want the sessions disrupted and overrun with the media,” he said.

This really is unusual. As a journalist, I’ve been allowed into sessions, dinners, everything at conferences hosted by the Eagle Forum and by Focus on the Family. Extra credit to Eagle Forum here — when I was covering the How to Take Back America Conference in St. Louis, Phyllis Schlafly’s son Andy, an organizer, invited me away from my media seat and into a seat at his dinner table to chat with more activists. And some of the most controversial speakers at the National Tea Party Convention, like Rick Scarborough, happily chatted with me inside and outside of their sessions at previous events.

One major implication of this, of course, is that for the third time since the presidential election — the first at a speech in China, the second at a speech for a pro-life group in Indiana — Sarah Palin will give a political speech that members of the media are not allowed to attend. According to co-sponsors I’ve spoken with, they, not journalists, will get to spend time with Palin before and after the speech.

UPDATE: Here’s the rejection email.

Thank you for your inquiry about media coverage of the First National Tea Party Convention in Nashville.

This is a working convention and the sessions will not be open to the press. We are planning two events that the media could have access to. Neither has been finalized. One would be on Friday and the other would be on Saturday.

We have a very limited number of press passes and they have been accounted for. Press without a pass will not be allowed into the convention area.

If you want to interview any of our speakers, please let me know and we will try to work that out.  Governor Palin will not be available for interviews.

If you wish to interview someone about the convention, please email me, Judson@Teapartynation.com and I will try to work out arrangements for that.

He’ll try!

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Name
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 10:35 am

can't you just buy a ticket? will they bar you from attending in that case?


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Name
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 11:14 am

After the state run media attacked, smeared and called the Tea Partiers all the names in the Alinsky's Book for Radicals, do you still expect a welcome mat and complimentary champagne and caviar from them?
Heh!


LaLee
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 11:24 am

“After the state run media.”

That quote alone tells me so much about the level of intelligence of “Tea Party” goers.


republicanstupidity
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

HAHAHAHA COME ON SAY SOME MORE HAHAHAH SHW US YOUR GED SMARTS HAHAHAHA


foxtrotecho
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

Small correction: this would actually be the fourth time Palin gives a speech that bars reporters: the third was during a pro-life fund-raiser in Milwaukee last November.


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republicanmoderate
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

When so much of a movement is fueled by displeasure that a black man is President of the United State it's obvious organizers of the convention don't want the mainstream press around to overhear what the birthers and racists have to say.


56Pixels
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 1:16 pm

Not surprising. They only want coverage by people who are on board with their lunacy. Then, after the event, they'll moan that the media didn't cover them or give them attention. And for Flailin' Palin, and Bachmann, (who think all politicians are un-American (except her) who so desperately crave national attention, what do she think is going to happen when they can't control the spotlight, the media or the opinions of reporters? The light's on but nobody's home…


pjm
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

Barring media transparency sounds more “communist” and UN-American than anything the politicians (Obama et. al.) they decry have ever done. If they are that afraid of scrutiny by their fellow Americans, then maybe they are not as good for America as they want everyone to believe.


joefromcalif
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

How many members will use their i-Phones to get some video “for the kids back home' ? Good luck keeping the video's of the speech out of the public's reach.


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mantis
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 3:05 pm

After the state run media attacked, smeared and called the Tea Partiers

State run media? What, Voice of America? How did VOA smear the teabaggers?

all the names in the Alinsky's Book for Radicals,

I've never read the book. Does it really have a list of names to call people? Is teabagger one of them?

do you still expect a welcome mat and complimentary champagne and caviar from them?

No, but we'd expect that political conferences would want press coverage, since they surely believe their message has broad appeal and should be reported on. I guess the teabaggers don't think the things they will say should reach the ears of normal Americans. Wonder why.

Heh!


24AheadDotCom
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 3:39 pm

This isn't unusual, it's just more par for the tea party course. It's a reflection of their paranoia, their being extreme ideologues, and their complete inability to make an argument that will stand up to any sort of scrutiny.

(Needless to say, despite opposing BHO before the election in ways that – had I gotten any help – could have prevented him from becoming president and fighting against those like the 'partiers' who in effect helped him, by opposing the “partiers” I'm a Marxist Communist Socialist Trotskyite.)


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Florida Christian
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

We dont need the communist news media to tell us Republicans what to think.
If you would just read your Bible you would know that God wants Sarah to be our next president and lead us on our crusade to kill all the Muslims if they wont convert.


Dr. Monopoly
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 4:49 pm

I guess I'm not surprised, the media at large has been trying to mire the tea party ever since the september protest. Still, I think they should let them in. Every time they try it seems to hurt them more than it does the tea-partiers (i.e. calling them racist and using a black tea-partier as proof )


Dr. Monopoly
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

haha, MORE? You mean the same… Only difference is that they are doing this for a convention that solely benefits themselves so they have no reason to bring in unfriendly media to call them racists and nut-jobs. At least they aren't doing it while acting under an elected position (some of the people involved are elected officials but the convention is not part of their job).


NewHampshire
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

Journalists who have become whores for the government are reaping what they have sown I guess!

You had it coming to you. We took it from a page from the current dictatorship – no transparency and step on anyone who disagrees.

Grow up and accept the consequences of your biased reporting.


NewHampshire
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 4:57 pm

The double standards of these leftists are breathteakingly uncontested. These are blind ideologues who think they are right so anything goes. This is Dangerous.


Dr. Monopoly
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 4:58 pm

It's a jab at the weak reporting done about the current administration. The idea is that even though it isn't actually run by the state it has shown itself to be subservient to it and therefore it holds no authority as a media outlet in the eyes of tea-partiers. “state-run media”

Maybe next time I can teach you how sarcasm works.


NewHampshire
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 4:59 pm

“Not surprising. They only want coverage by people who are on board with their lunacy.” == same as Marc Lloyd trying to shut down conservative media?

Your hypocrisy is so blatant it's laughable. This is a private event and they have a right to let in anyone they want and keep out anyone they want.


NewHampshire
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

The only displeasure is with the rich communists who are puppeteering the 'black man' with their dangerous agenda for America and the looting of our treasury to benefit his benefactors and controllers, the banking elites.


NewHampshire
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

LOL — You expect a lot from those with a collective IQ of 50 — people who think they won't have to pay their mortgage or car payments or groceries anymore now that the communist coup has taken place.


NewHampshire
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 5:04 pm

Well you should be happy because Obama' bigot factory cabinet are trying to stifle them too….so shut up I guess?


NewHampshire
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 5:07 pm

Once again you overestimate the educational level of these Soros drones… on the one hand their chosen one seeks to stifle conservative voices, but now they are complaining that reporters for the administration are not being let in? This proves that they are schizos!

The Weigel-whiner is no exception.


NewHampshire
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

What 'rich person' is going to pay for Dave W's ticket? Can he appeal to Soros for that money? Maybe Soros will have infiltrators from the Sluttington Post there.


56Pixels
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 5:36 pm

What is laughable is your obvious adoration for Ms. Death Panel. If its such a private event, then keep it private, don't alert every news and media outlet you can to it and keep their quest for publicity to themselves. If you don't want to put yourself out there, then don't. And I have the right to point out their blatant bull.


piltdown
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

The tea-baggers haven't needed any help looking ridiculous.

If you're actually upset about taxes, maybe you should stop bringing the signs relating to Muslims, and birth-certificates and stacks of dead Jews.


piltdown
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 5:59 pm

Can I have some of what you're smoking? It must be REALLY strong, because you're paranoid and delusional.


piltdown
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 6:01 pm

You really aren't making any points with your paranoid, ranting about things you really don't understand.

“Collective IQ of 50″. I don't think the collective IQ of every teabagger at every teabagger party equals 50 yet.


piltdown
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 6:03 pm

Do you have any points to make, or are you just here to stir up shit?


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Rob Miller
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 6:39 pm

Considering your consistently biased coverage and your fairly open leanings, I can't imagine why you expected to be invited to what amounts to a strategy session.

After all, no one would invite me to the secret briefings the Obama White House has with the Vast Left Wing Conspiracy, would they?

Nor would I expect it.

Besides, it's not like you think Governor Palin has anything worthwhile to say anyway, no?

Regards,
Rob


Rob Miller
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 6:41 pm

The last time I checked, it was the Obama Administration giving $900 million of our money to the genocidal Palestinians while trying to dictate to Jews where they could live and build homes.


Rob Miller
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 6:42 pm

Nice astroturf 'Florida Christian'. Tell David Axelrod I said hello.


Horatio1
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 6:43 pm

Does anyone know who IS being allowed in from the press?


Toni
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 7:59 pm

I'm glad the TPN refused a media pass the Mpls Strib, they are nothing but leftists with an agenda to attack Michelle Bachmann. They have been attacking Bachmann for years relentlessly yet somehow neglected to report on former Sen. Mark Dayton's drug and alcohol addiction. There is never a good thing the Red Star (aka Mpls Star Tribune) can find to say about a conservative or a Republican. No wonder the paper is in bankruptcy.


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ClayBarham
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 9:28 pm

Two traditions are contrasted. One is the Old World where the few elite rule the many, and the many are less inclined to do for themselves. The other is the New World, America, where people are more accustomed to doing for themselves without leaning on government. This was seen in the relationship with people and their governments. Each was never separated by more than one day’s horseback ride. The county was the primary behavior-relating monitor, the federal being restricted to doing only what the county and state governments could not do. When county government did not do what was expected, the people rose up and changed office-holders. If county became oppressive, vigilante committees were formed. That tradition today is reflected in the Tea Party Movement against the excesses of the current Federal Government. There are no Tea Parties in the Old World, unless they are violent revolutions. See the differences in SAVE PEBBLE DROPPERS & PROSPERITY on claysamerica.com.


Discovery
Comment posted January 12, 2010 @ 10:20 pm

So a private citizen gives a private speech to a private group and your upset.

I suppose your just as upset at the private paid speeches given by our ex-president, Mr. Clinton, for years? The same month our public health care bill, is being worked on by public officials is being worked on in private… Seems like misplace priorities to me.


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Bluemole
Comment posted January 13, 2010 @ 3:32 am

It would be nice if all the tea baggers moved to Utah and then seceded. You can all be religiously insane together.

Just remember, you Christians might get to heaven, but the Mormons will be running the place. (and “Baptizing” your dead relatives)


LaLee
Comment posted January 13, 2010 @ 4:05 am

Hey Rob, can you cite any article where “Obama Administration giving $900 million of our money to the genocidal Palestinians”?

Oh and money to OFFICIAL PALESTINIAN GOVERNMENT does not count.


canon camera battery
Comment posted January 13, 2010 @ 4:25 am

Sarah Palin will give a political speech that members of the media are not allowed to attend. According to co-sponsors I’ve spoken with, they, not journalists, will get to spend time with Palin before and after the speech.


Serr8d
Comment posted January 13, 2010 @ 6:39 am

Ummmm….newsflash!

You can buy a ticket, you know! $349.00 for the banquet, per seat.

Get your “paper” to spring for it. They will spring for the travel costs to BNA; for your hotel room and meals, so why not just buy a stinkin' ticket, crybaby?


rfpzzzzz
Comment posted January 13, 2010 @ 7:21 am

Why don't you throw a couple of unborn children on the “barbie” and have a sodomy party to increase your level of irrational hate?


Bluemole
Comment posted January 13, 2010 @ 8:06 am

And why do't you go lick Coulter's pus filled pussy.  Maybe that will increase your level of irrational hate.

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Bluemole
Comment posted January 13, 2010 @ 9:07 am

Dude, Bush the dumber already looted the treasury to the cheers of all republicans.


mantis
Comment posted January 13, 2010 @ 11:36 am

What, you don't think the teabaggers will kick him out when they realize he's an “unapproved” reporter?


mantis
Comment posted January 13, 2010 @ 11:38 am

Sodomy party at my place!


mantis
Comment posted January 13, 2010 @ 11:41 am

Try making some sense. Oh wait, you're a teabagger, right? Nevermind. You people are incapable.


Rob Miller
Comment posted January 13, 2010 @ 11:47 am

LOL, Bluemole…YOU talk about irrational hate to other people?

Too funny.


mantis
Comment posted January 13, 2010 @ 11:52 am

The last time you checked what? The batshit crazy house you call a brain?


NetDiva
Comment posted January 13, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

You're an idiot Piltdown. There is usually ONE offensive sign at an event and the left wing media features it as if every sign was that way. I wouldn't be surprised if one of you leftist wackos is behind making and bringing ridiculous signs to make Tea Party activists look bad. You guys are in meltdown right now over the Bamster's failed policies so all you can do is make stupid comments on blogs. You're going down next November!


piltdown
Comment posted January 13, 2010 @ 5:14 pm

It might be recorded by some of the young Teabaggers, but the older ones who are screaming to “Keep the government out of my Medicare” aren't very good with those doo-hickeys.


piltdown
Comment posted January 13, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

Why don't tell us some of the Murdoch talking-points on why Soros is such an evil person? I trust him a hell of a lot more than Mellon-Scaife and Murdoch.


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chrisjay
Comment posted January 14, 2010 @ 3:26 pm

“That's no woman, that's a MAN, baby!!”
—-Austin Powers


chrisjay
Comment posted January 14, 2010 @ 5:15 pm

huh?
I think you are 'mired' in some pretty confused thinking. Your post makes no sense. Who has been 'hurt' by trying to 'mire' the tea party?
You and 'NewHamphire'——(“you had it coming to you”)
??????
You are both struggling with the english language—-and losing the battle


chrisjay
Comment posted January 14, 2010 @ 5:18 pm

yeah Diva, the old 'loose cannon' rationale.
btw, “You're going down next Nov!” makes you sound like one of those clowns on WWF wrestling


chrisjay
Comment posted January 14, 2010 @ 5:21 pm

“breathteakingly uncontested”
stick to drunken rants on Youtube–conversational blogging is not your stong suit


chrisjay
Comment posted January 14, 2010 @ 5:28 pm

“..the 'black man'…”
stop, please I'm laughing so hard at your illiterate, adolescent hate-diatribe routine so hard I'm gonna bust something!
Do you have any idea how perfectly you are acting out the trailerpark/hillbilly stereotype?
Professional comedy writers get paid big bucks to come up with weak imitations of your Real McCoy!!!


ellid
Comment posted January 14, 2010 @ 5:50 pm

People like you are the main reason I live in Massachusetts, not New Hampshire. There are too many knuckle-draggers up in the White Mountains for my taste.


ellid
Comment posted January 14, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

*applause*


ellid
Comment posted January 14, 2010 @ 5:53 pm

I *have* read Alinsky, and the very first chapter says that organizers should avoid insulting their opponents because it makes them look bad. Then again, we *are* talking Teabagger Land, where Orly Taitz is a goddess and Barack Obama is Nicolai Carpathia.


Steve_X
Comment posted January 18, 2010 @ 5:43 pm

Oh…I see what you did there.


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Nunyo
Comment posted February 6, 2010 @ 9:31 am

I understand you are upset, but, TURN THE FLAG OVER. IT IS DISGRACE TO HAVE IT UPSIDE DOWN LIKE THAT>


Nunyo
Comment posted February 6, 2010 @ 2:31 pm

I understand you are upset, but, TURN THE FLAG OVER. IT IS DISGRACE TO HAVE IT UPSIDE DOWN LIKE THAT>


hermes birkin
Comment posted September 29, 2010 @ 9:59 am

What, you don't think the teabaggers will kick him out when they realize he's an “unapproved” reporter?


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