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 Post subject: Sometimes words fail me
PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2004 2:49 am 
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Media find DNC restroom facilities lacking
By BRIAN JOHNSON
Associated Press Writer
BOSTON (AP) -- Media members, already perturbed by long security lines, may
find themselves waiting in line for something nearly as important.
As the majority of the print reporters arrived Saturday at the FleetCenter
for the Democratic National Convention, tongues clucked when they saw the
restroom facilities that they will be using for the next week.
Twenty portable restrooms, like those used on construction sites, are lined
up in front of the media pavilion to service nearly 1,200 members of the print
media who will be working around the clock. That's about 60 serious
coffee-drinkers per toilet.
``That's absurd,'' said Jim Drinkard, a political reporter for USA Today,
when he heard of the ratio of toilets per media member. ``This is not the type
of planning you'd expect out of someone trying to be a good host.''
Drinkard, who is also the chairman of the Standing Committee of
Correspondents, said he was told by the DNCC, the committee in charge of planning the
convention, that the lack of toilets was a move aimed at cutting costs. Calls to
the DNCC press office were not immediately returned.
Drinkard also said the quality of the toilets was insufficient.
``We were led to believe there would be trailer units,'' Drinkard said,
referring to the restrooms used at the 2000 Republican National Convention in
Philadelphia. Drinkard said that the trailers could get pretty unpleasant after a
week of heavy use.
``But they are much better than Porta-Johns,'' he said.


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 Post subject: Re: Sometimes words fail me
PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2004 11:49 am 
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This story could very well be the product of an alcohol-induced bitching session amongst convention reporters. <p>You get the feeling there was on off-the-record Drinkard saying, "I mean, these things may be suitable for a COPY DESK, but not elite reporters such as myself!"


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 Post subject: Re: Sometimes words fail me
PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2004 2:52 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by redpenman:
This story could very well be the product of an alcohol-induced bitching session amongst convention reporters. <p>You get the feeling there was on off-the-record Drinkard saying, "I mean, these things may be suitable for a COPY DESK, but not elite reporters such as myself!"<hr></blockquote><p>I don't recall a reading of a single reporter in Iraq griping about something this petty. These people have been sent on their papers' tabs to Boston to stay in a hotel and hang out with influential people. Even if I were mad, I would have the good sense not to go on the record about it.<p>[ July 26, 2004: Message edited by: Todd J. Behme ]</p>


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 Post subject: Re: Sometimes words fail me
PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2004 3:43 pm 
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Tongues clucked. Imagine that.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2004 4:17 pm 
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Somebody should let loose a few sea lions at the convention.


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