What is so funny about the Comedy Central rally?


It seems that Comedy Central was under tha assumption that the rally in Washington today was a closed set.   They built a few risers for the press and issued credentials to whoever the issued them to.  But PJTV ( a division of Pajama Media) was denied access to the risers.   When a producer for the company wrote back to Comedy Central he was told there could be no news crews walking in a four block radius of the mall.

 

So let me get this right.  A television station that is doing a rally to ostensibly promote free speech (or are they)  would want to limit access to the event.    Well I guess this would be about ratings right?   Or maybe control of content.   I know it would not be about the people who will be there and what they might say.  Here is the e-mail exchange between the parties as published by the Washington Examiner.    This is awesome stuff.

From: “Albani, Steve”
Date:
Fri, 29 Oct 2010 14:59:27 -0400
To:
Richard Pollock
Subject:
RE: DC Rally Update

Richard – you should have received notification yesterday.  Unfortunately, due to extremely limited riser locations, we are not able to accommodate your request for credentials.  However, the event is free and open to public so we encourage you to attend with the general audience.

Please note, taping for television or any other filming is strictly prohibited between 3rd and 7th Street without a media credential.  The event will be broadcast live on Comedy Central and comedycentral.com and a clean feed will also be available by satellite – coordinates will be released when they are available.  Please contact Renata Luczak to receive the satellite coordinates.

From: Richard Pollock
Sent:
Friday, October 29, 2010 3:14 PM
To: Albani, Steve
Subject: Re: DC Rally Update

Dear Steve,

Thanks for your reply. Can we get media credentials without a riser position?

Yours,

Richard

From: Albani, Steve
Sent:
Friday, October 29, 2010 3:15 PM
To: Richard Pollock
Subject: RE: DC Rally Update

The only camera crews that will receive credentials are those for the riser. We are not issuing any other TV credentials.

Sorry.

Steve

From: “Richard Pollock”
Date: Oct 29, 2010 6:33 PM
Subject: RE: DC Rally Update
To:
“Albani, Steve”

Hi Steve,

Well your risers, you own.  As Comedy Central, you have property rights and complete control over that. No one will deny you that. We are content, though disappointed with your decision to withhold media credentials to us.

However, the last I heard the First Amendment still does apply to America.  It not only applies to TV hosts, show producers and to networks, but extends to the public and to events held on federal land. Yes, public lands! Although it may not make any sense to you at this moment, the National Mall is not a TV set, although it may look like one.

As the former chief Washington producer for ABC’s “Good Morning America” for nine years, let me assure you that you cannot bar cameras from public walkways on the Mall.  It has never happened.

And so we will be there crew and all.

It does seem a bit incredulous that a rally for “reasonableness” should exclude freely based camera crews exercising their First Amendment rights to cover your attendees walking on public property.  Unless this is Prague in 1968.  And unless Comedy Central own tanks.  Or unless it deploys a Comedy Police with enforcement powers.

On the other hand maybe I got this all wrong…I thought you were merely trying to be clever when you said it was a rally for fear.  If is that, then I certainly understand your attitudes and rules.

See you tomorrow!

All the best,

Richard

How is that for a shot across the bow.   Comedy Central was just told the facts by this producer and I can not wait to see the result of this confrontation.    Public Event, Public Land and Free Speech. What could be better.   I, for one already find it amusing that Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert think they are so important that they will fill the mall.   Wait,  maybe Comedy Central hired a bunch of budding actors to fill the mall and that is why they don’t want the press on the ground.  Of Course!  Knowing they could not hold a candle to the real feelings of the majority of Americans they will crowd the mall with actors.  But will they be union actors? That is the question.  Can you see the interviews now.

Reporter: Why are you here today?

Paid Fill in Actor: I am getting paid scale!

 

I would tune in to watch this failure but I don’t want to give Comedy Central the ratings!

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3 Comments

Filed under Comedy Central, Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert, The Left, The Main Steam Media

3 responses to “What is so funny about the Comedy Central rally?

  1. CHUCK HAVRANEK

    TO QUOTE A PHRASE WHICH IS IN TUNE WITH THE CULTURE OF THAT STATION………”IT SUCKS”!!!!!!!!!!!1

  2. Keane

    Interesting. The whole event seems to be a contradiction to itself. I also like their attempt to re-write the constitution and our current laws.

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