Update: Blue Dog party shuts out Amy Goodman, Glenn Greenwald, and Jane Hamsher despite credentials

h/t to Raw Story for covering this. Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, and A-list bloggers Glenn Greenwald and Jane Hamsher were all shut out of a Blue Dog Democrat party sponsored by AT & T. All three of them had press credentials. Here’s how Amy Goodman covered the event. Welcome to the Dems version of Dick Cheney’s energy council.

Hang tight. More to come! – ctrenta


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    • ctrenta on August 27, 2008 at 16:06
    • on August 27, 2008 at 16:14

    What’s interesting is that no one wanted to speak to them and seemed afraid to give their names

    • Edger on August 27, 2008 at 16:16

    I read this interview yesterday but didn’t see the video. Pretty amazing… they had all obviously been coached ahead of time. AT&T knew what reaction to expect, and just rubbed in the faces of Goodman, Greenwald, and Hamsher and through them the public, almost gleefully it seems. Obama didn’t help matters by flipping on FISA.

  1. It was really the perfect symbol for how the Beltway political system functions — those who dictate the nation’s laws (the largest corporations and their lobbyists) cavorting in total secrecy with those who are elected to write those laws (members of Congress), while completely prohibiting the public from having any access to and knowledge of — let alone involvement in — what they are doing. And all of this was arranged by the corporation — AT&T — that is paying for a substantial part of the Democratic National Convention with millions upon millions of dollars, which just received an extraordinary gift of retroactive amnesty from the Congress controlled by that party, whose logo is splattered throughout the city wherever the DNC logo appears — virtually attached to it — all taking place next to the stadium where the Democratic presidential nominee, claiming he will cleanse the Beltway of corporate and lobbying influences, will accept the nomination on Thursday night.

    Link – 25 Aug

  2. … hard to watch.  The blatant disregard for the citizens of this country and the arrogance to hold this kind of function on the grounds of the Democratic Convention is sickening.

    Yay for Greenwald and Hamsher and especially Code Pink!

    • Viet71 on August 27, 2008 at 17:20

    the lobbyist and the admitted republican.

    Good natured, open and honest-seeming guys, just going to a party to which, for reasons unknown to them, they were invited.

    Glenn, of course, nails it in his comments about the corruption underlying the FISA vote.

    Given Obama’s FISA vote, I don’t expect him as president to change the corrupt ways of Washington in the least.

    • Viet71 on August 27, 2008 at 17:25
  3. I saw that.  Totally disgusting!!!

    What is so secretive that these people attending this AT&T event refuse to reveal their names, or what the purpose of the event is?

    BTW, I read elsewhere that AT&T is contemplating blog spying.

  4. You’ve been linked by SadlyNo.


    • feline on August 28, 2008 at 01:29

    I also heard this on Democracy Now!  Here’s the link, for those who missed it:

    AT&T Throws Party to Support Dems Who Voted to Grant Telecoms Immunity for Illegal Domestic Wiretapping

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