Friday, July 25, 2008

TN GOP and the "Free Loading" Media

UPDATE: 2:34 p.m. Bill Hobbs, Communications Director of the TN GOP in an email exchange with the Brian's Blog team indicated that media would be allowed if they buy a ticket.

Original Post: 1:40 p.m. If the TN GOP is barring any media from Saturday's Statesman's Dinner. In my opinion, that is wrong. If they are barring media seeking complimentary tickets / seats then I am o.k. with that. I believe that every reporter should have to purchase tickets to similar events. It is not like the AP, E.W. Scripps, Gannett or any other news gathering organization can not afford to pay an entry fee for the reporter(s) attending said event.

This is a fundraiser for the TN GOP not an opportunity for the media that hate Karl Rove to eat a great meal and blast the good man. While I was Chairman of the KnoxGOP, I never approved a comp ticket for media members to attend the two Knox County Lincoln Day Dinners that I lead. If one media member got in and ate the meal without paying, it was without proper approval.

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