Inside the machine

I have to say the upside of having bloggers at the DNC is that I’ve learned the ropes of how these conventions go, through their eyes. I didn’t know about speech embargoes until a few people posted about speeches before they happened.

While watching Fox news for a few minutes tonight (to see O’Reilly take on Michael Moore), I noticed they don’t show speeches in their entirety like the other networks, but simply cut to certain sections. Knowing about these embargoes, it becomes clear why they choose to cut away to live, in-progress speeches — they know exactly what’s coming up and they can highlight the most offending sections, and just those sections, out of context from the rest of the speech.