Memorable RNC phrases? By making a “quantitative snapshot of the media’s” most influential news and business newspapers and magazines in the United States, Factiva says the following were the most “memorable phrases” of the 2004 RNC:
Arnold Schwarzenegger: “Economic girlie man” – (157 on the “index”)
John McCain: “A disingenuous filmmaker” – 72
Zell Miller: “Armed with what? Spitballs?” – 67
Arnold Schwarzenegger: “America is back” – 55
Rudy Giuliani: “Thank God that George Bush is our President” – 44
I’m surprised the following didn’t make the list: “Flip-flop,” “Four More Years,” “a swagger in Texas called walking,” “Read my lips, no new taxes” (oh, wait, that’s another RNC convention).
Men in blue: I’m amazed how one can be oblivious to a protest taking place a block away, but now, after reading this NYT piece on “post-Seattle” tactics for preparing for large-scale protests, I get it. And before I forget it, the NYPD has been impressive this week. I know they didn’t sign on for this gig when they joined the force (a weird blend of tourist wrangling and anti-terrorist warrioring), but from my personal experience, their calm, friendly yet firm presence has been at the same time overwhelming and reassuring. Many of those I talked with are funny, as well. The conventioneers talk about them in reverent tones. There are a lot of “thank yous” being said in non-New York accents. The NYT reports that 1,768 protesters have been arrested. I’m hoping they can round off the number to 1776.
Rexblogumentary III: In what is likely my final videoblog post from the RNC, I recap my visit to the RNC goo-gah fest at the Hilton Hotel. Words can’t capture the experience, so I did this piece I call “Bazar” (QT 1.9 MB) instead. My two previous videoblog posts are called Gonna Make You Sweat (QT 1.1 MB) and Express Yourself (QT 4 MB).
It’s the media economics, stupid: For more than a year I tried scoffing at the MediaPost.com’s practice of reporting magazine advertising results by focusing on the number of pages rather than the amount of revenue. In other words, the story would always be: “Pages still down, and oh by the way, revenues are up.” So, I was a little amused today to see MediaPost.com’s handling of the Fox News GOP rating story that takes the opposite approach: The viewership is way up, but revenue is the only thing that matters. It’s nice when you can take both sides of the same argument. As for me, however, always “show me the money.”
Bush twins: I’m falling down on the blog. It’s what, Wednesday or Thursday (they’ve run together by now) and I’m only now getting around to noting this week’s [Macro error: Can’t evaluate the expression because the name “ftpSite” hasn’t been defined.]
(thanks to Bill). (Clone covers [Macro error: Can’t evaluate the expression because the name “ftpSite” hasn’t been defined.]
September 6, 2004