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Listen to Cognitive Dissonance!

Hey folks! I’ll be chatting about the RNC happenings tonight on my radio show! If you missed the Election 2012 coverage of the action in Tampa, you can listen live tonight at 10 PM MST/ 12 AM EST and participate in a live-chat. I’ll be on-air and answering your questions about the RNC and playing interviews of Michael Steele and Meghan McCain with commentary, plus discussing what it was like to cover it for Tumblr. 

Want to know what it was like at the convention? Tune in just 2 hours from now! Oh, and I’ll be playing some sweet music too.

Cheers,

Meg

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Tumblr Brings Its Quirky, Fun, Serious, Goofy Style to the Conventions and Beyond

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Tumblr’s election blog and correspondents get a shout-out on Forbes!

Alex Kantrowitz writes:

Last week in Tampa, Meg Lanker-Simons, a blogger on assignment for Tumblr, caught up with former RNC chairman Michael Steele outside a branch of Wet Willies, a chain mostly known for its assortment of slushy alcoholic drinks. Steele, sporting a blue suit, sneakers and an untucked shirt, stood on the sidewalk as he talked into Lanker-Simons’s voice recorder. “So, you know what, can you take the chill pill and relax about it a little bit?” he said, finishing an answer about his decision to host the Republican National Convention in hurricane prone Tampa. “The sun is out right now, I made a phone call, and it’s all good.”

The interview encapsulates the spirit of Tumblr. It is at once gritty, entertaining, informative and untraditional, a far cry from the sanitized stages and studios that dot the grounds of this year’s nominating conventions. And for Tumblr, that’s exactly the point. Throughout the conventions and continuing on until the votes are cast in November, Tumblr will be providing its own original coverage of the election. The coverage, already underway, tells the story of the 2012 election through a stream of animated gifs, Photoshop propelled memes, salient quotes and meaningful photography.

I really just want to high five all of you right now. Truly. Thank you for reading our coverage and thank you to Tumblr for this amazing opportunity. Now, back to your irregularly scheduled programming.

— Meg

I got mentioned by Forbes for my interview with Michael Steele. On the list of things I figured would happen in my life, this was not one of them. In all seriousness, I love their evaluation of the Tumblr election coverage. I’m stoked it’s getting recognized!

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Sandra Fluke’s Speech Made Republicans Crazy. Which Is Just What the Democrats Want [Slate]

These are some conservatives’ tweets in response to Sandra Fluke’s speech at the Democratic National Convention alongside the first comment I came across on the Slate.com article

Like I said… keep talking.

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Conservatives Bash Sandra Fluke’s Convention Speech, Parroting Limbaugh’s Sexist Attacks

Despite the widespread outcry against Rush Limbaugh’s and Bill O’Reilly’s sexist smears against Sandra Fluke earlier this year — when they claimed she was a “slut” who wants the government to pay for her “social life” — other far-right commentators haven’t quite grasped why these types of attacks are offensive. After Fluke took to the stage of the Democratic National Convention last night to articulate the issues at stake in the ongoing War on Women, conservative media took to Twitter to bash her for “whining” about needing free birth control for the activities that go on in her “bedroom”.

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All I can say is, keep talking shitheads.

Look at how ANGRY these people are that a woman tried to talk in a place she was shut out from talking in. Jfc.

Yeah, keep talking. You do yourself no favors.

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Down the Rabbit Hole at the RNC

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In addition to their regular blogging, Tumblr convention correspondents are each writing a feature about the experience. Here’s Meg Lanker-Simons on attending the Republican National Convention last week.

Monday: Arriving in Wonderland

After cramming every passenger possible on board United Flight 741, departing Denver International Airport, the bored-looking flight crew began playing the instructional safety video. I settled in, hoping for an inflight nap. At the gate, I had quickly realized my plane might be carrying every single Republican National Convention attendee from the Rocky Mountain region, right down to the five elderly ladies in sequined, satin track suits in the requisite red, white, and blue. One of the women had even plastered on bright blue eye shadow and cherry red lipstick at the gate. “Because I’m American,” she explained to no one in particular.

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Enjoy this Gonzo-ish summary of the RNC, kids! Please, share and feel free to provide feedback.

— Meg

(Source: gov, via cognitivedissonance)

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Down the Rabbit Hole at the RNC

election:

In addition to their regular blogging, Tumblr convention correspondents are each writing a feature about the experience. Here’s Meg Lanker-Simons on attending the Republican National Convention last week.

Monday: Arriving in Wonderland

After cramming every passenger possible on board United Flight 741, departing Denver International Airport, the bored-looking flight crew began playing the instructional safety video. I settled in, hoping for an inflight nap. At the gate, I had quickly realized my plane might be carrying every single Republican National Convention attendee from the Rocky Mountain region, right down to the five elderly ladies in sequined, satin track suits in the requisite red, white, and blue. One of the women had even plastered on bright blue eye shadow and cherry red lipstick at the gate. “Because I’m American,” she explained to no one in particular.

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My long awaited summary is live! Enjoy kids!

— Meg

(Source: gov)

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I met Deborah Bryant at the Channelside complex and asked whether or not Mitt Romney had flip-flopped on anything, what his advantage was over Barack Obama, and if she thought the base would unify around Mitt Romney.

She was serving in place of her husband, Gov. Phil Bryant, who had stayed in Mississippi because of Hurricane Isaac.

So, in anticipation of Romney’s big speech tonight, here’s her thoughts.

— Meg

She was so nice, honestly.

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Pro-Gay Marriage, Pro-Choice, Libertarian Clint Eastwood Is Anti-Hollywood RNC’s Surprise Speaker

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Yes, the headline is the story. I spoke with a Sky News reporter who figured out the big secret when he heard the RNC band practicing the theme from The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

True story.

— Meg

The new Republican Party theme (besides the “you didn’t build that” fallacy)

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I interviewed Michael Steele at the Republican Nation Convention on August 28. Steele has been outspoken about the need to focus on bringing people into the Republican Party versus driving people away. We discuss the need for the GOP to reach out to minority voters and women, and the recent push for ideological purity at the expense of party unity.

And did you know he can control the sunshine?


(Photo by Chris Mohney of Tumblr)

— Meg

Seriously, he can control the sun. It’s truth.

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I interviewed Meghan McCain at the RNC in Tampa August 28. Topics included the War on Women, Todd Akin, and the perception of women in the political sphere. McCain also discussed the pressures of being a commentator who’s always in the public eye, and women’s sometimes distorted body image. We also touched on why it’s dangerous for the GOP to seek ideological purity over Ronald Reagan’s big tent.

— Meg

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I’ve been posting on the Election blog with my fellow Tumblr correspondents for a week now. We’re working our asses off. There’s one of my posts above, highlighting where HuffPo reblogged.
We sign each post, no matter how small. Why? Because we’re there on scene, gathering the information and curating the content. We even sign reblogs, so people know who thought that post was worth sharing with everyone. We’ve been on nearly 24/7, etc. — which is why it’s really goddamn irritating to see a quote I transcribed from audio of a HuffPo event get attribution stripped off BY HuffPo. It’s YOUR event, HuffPo. You reblogged it from a different source and stripped the name of the person who posted it. FROM YOUR EVENT! 
See?

Not only could the cost of your event have paid a lot of writers, including the one who deleted attribution, you’re ripping off press attendees. Not cool, HuffPo. 
It’s frustrating when everyday people reblog content I spent time on and delete my commentary and/or alter it in some way. It’s ridiculous when it’s a professional, for-profit news organization that pays in “exposure” and little else. Exposure doesn’t pay the rent, nor can I eat page views. But it’s maddening when it’s something as simple as a quote transcribed from an hour of audio. Plus, it’s lazy journalism. At least the original web source is on there.
And at least you left this one alone…

Cheers,
Meg 

I’ve been posting on the Election blog with my fellow Tumblr correspondents for a week now. We’re working our asses off. There’s one of my posts above, highlighting where HuffPo reblogged.

We sign each post, no matter how small. Why? Because we’re there on scene, gathering the information and curating the content. We even sign reblogs, so people know who thought that post was worth sharing with everyone. We’ve been on nearly 24/7, etc. — which is why it’s really goddamn irritating to see a quote I transcribed from audio of a HuffPo event get attribution stripped off BY HuffPo. It’s YOUR event, HuffPo. You reblogged it from a different source and stripped the name of the person who posted it. FROM YOUR EVENT! 

See?

Not only could the cost of your event have paid a lot of writers, including the one who deleted attribution, you’re ripping off press attendees. Not cool, HuffPo. 

It’s frustrating when everyday people reblog content I spent time on and delete my commentary and/or alter it in some way. It’s ridiculous when it’s a professional, for-profit news organization that pays in “exposure” and little else. Exposure doesn’t pay the rent, nor can I eat page views. But it’s maddening when it’s something as simple as a quote transcribed from an hour of audio. Plus, it’s lazy journalism. At least the original web source is on there.

And at least you left this one alone…

Cheers,

Meg 

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