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Darfur Rally: A Lesson in Press Management

178-7881_IMG.jpgBecause it was nice out, because we had made the decision while drunk the night before, because Liz has a thing for Clooney, and because we care about the people of Darfur, we stopped by the rally yesterday on the Mall. Lesson learned: It's extremely easy to get into the press tent.


Not a whole lotta text this time, because we've written a books' worth on that damn party by now. So enjoy the pictures, courtesy Liz Gorman, after the jump.

178-7819_IMG.jpgThis sign confused us.

178-7822_IMG.jpgHe wouldn't let us blog there for Darfur. We hadn't brought our laptop anyway.

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178-7836_IMG.jpgThis guy was giving a presser when we got to the media tent. Then someone interrupted him with "LAST CALL FOR CLOONEY SHOT" and the room emptied immediately.

178-7842_IMG.jpg"Uh, why, yes, I'm Big and/or Rich."

178-7848_IMG.jpgShortly after the deployment of the journalist-wrangling cones, shortly before the cones became a joke.

178-7862_IMG.jpgLook closely, now: BEST PRESS BADGE EVER. Seriously, we wish we'd thought of it. "We're with the PRESS MEDIA."

Eventually, the press just scattered across the entire backstage. After a brief attempt to reign them in with cones, a couple made it on stage. A beleaguered press wrangler found the most apt, if inappropriate analogy: "We're like the African Union troops."

178-7864_IMG.jpgThe baseball caped guys were handling press. Valiant effort, but when you're getting muscled by, like RCN, you should throw in the towel.

178-7869_IMG.jpgManute Boll! Christ, he was tall!

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178-7897_IMG.jpgHe promised a Clooney photo op. And still, they disobeyed. The cones were useless.

179-7907_IMG.jpgNot the most flattering angle, but you should've seen the ones we didn't use.

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179-7920_IMG.jpgThis was under the stage. No idea why. Yes, it's White Chocolate.

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179-7928_IMG.jpgATTENTION PRESS: WE HAVE SPOTTED AN EASY METAPHOR.

Clooney escaped most questions, though after he made it offstage, they swarmed the formerly unavailable speakers tent. The rent-a-cop was just able to keep them at bay. We went home.

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