We are very appreciative of Scott Pepper’s on-the-scene photos from the Democratic National Convention in Boston, but inquiring minds want to know why he has thus far avoided the BIGGEST STORY OF THE CONVENTION – the Great Media Porta-potty Controversy:
- 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. [AP]
Man, is that stupid: you do not want to piss off the press unnecessarily. Maybe the Dems don’t give a shit.