Aside from a yet-to-be-confirmed visit from Hurricane Isaac, the driving force at the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa is scheduled to be Ann Romney, whose job it has been to emphasize the softer side of her husband.
Ann Romney is currently scheduled to address delegates at 10:30 p.m. Monday. But according to the New York Times, this is what you’ll see if you are tuned into one of the Big Three television networks:
CBS plans instead to show a rerun of “Hawaii Five-O,” its hit police series. Viewers of NBC will see a new episode of “Grimm,” about a homicide detective with the supernatural ability to sense evil. And ABC plans to show “Castle,” a series about a best-selling mystery novelist who helps solve crimes.
The networks, which reap considerable advertising dollars even from summer reruns, have told the Romney campaign that they will broadcast an hour of convention coverage on the final three nights — but no more.
Advisers to Mitt Romney, facing a blackout of the opening-night program they fastidiously scripted to soften perceptions of the candidate, are angry.
Fox News and CNN are no doubt thrilled by the decision. But you’ll have yet another alternative. Via the Internet, YouTube will be offering – for the first time – live coverage of all speeches given from the floors of both Republican and Democratic national conventions.
Bookmark this link. From the press release:
You’ll find live and on-demand reporting and analysis from ABC News, Al Jazeera English, BuzzFeed, Larry King, New York Times, Phil DeFranco, Univision and the Wall Street Journal. Each will put their own stamp on the Presidential race—from the conventions to the debates to election night.
That the networks are making a market-based decision is true. But we are in an odd situation when Al Jazeera might be offering live coverage of Republicans in Tampa, but ABC (and NBC and CBS) won’t.
Meanwhile, Democrats are buzzing over the latest TV ad from the Barack Obama re-election campaign, which features the husband of Obama’s secretary of state:
He doesn’t have much of a chance in November, but Jeff Kazanow, the Democratic candidate in the 6th District congressional race is doing a fine job when it comes to embarrassing U.S. Rep. Tom Price over $5,000 the Roswell Republican has accepted from sudden Missouri pariah Todd Akin.
From Lori Geary and Channel 2 Action News:
Martha Zoller and I talked this morning. The former radio talk show host is taking her defeat in the 9th District congressional race as well as can be expected. She said she’ll be in Tampa as a guest of the Georgia GOP – the invitation from the party came weeks before – and then will buckle down to finding some gainful employment. She’ll also be addressing a campaign debt of several thousand dollars.
Speaking of the 9th District contest won by state Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville on Tuesday. Earlier this month, I posited that, because the new district was drawn to guarantee a Republican candidate, the race had drawn little Super PAC interest.
It turns out that this wasn’t entirely true. A group called Georgia Freedom PAC dropped $29,023 into the race – against Zoller and for Collins. During the last week of the contest, the Super PAC spent $12,000 on radio ads against Zoller.
The PAC is lists a Thomasville address. Its treasurer is Bryan Tyson, an Atlanta attorney who provides the same service for another independent committee, Cobb 2012 – which provided aid and comfort to Republican incumbent Tim Lee, the Cobb County Commission chairman.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider