HOLLYWOOD2020 COVERS BUSH WHITE HOUSE VIDEOCONFERENCE WITH U.S. TROOPS IN IRAQ LIVE... the headline that I just wrote sounds a lot more impressive than it is. You see I am covering it LIVE via CNN. Why? Well, you just try to find it LIVE on the web. This continuing challenge to find live coverage of major breaking events via the web is a frustration to more people than this blogger Joyce Schwarz. WHY NO LIVE ONLINE COVERAGE? YOU TELL ME.
Digital photo of CNN "live" coverage of White House video conference with US Troops in Iraq
ASSOCIATED PRESS QUICK RECAP CLOSEST TO LIVE COVERAGE ON WEB
AP UPDATE closest this blogger could find to "LIVE" coverage of the White House Bush/US Troops in Iraq video tele-conference.
"As long as I lead the U.S. is never going to back down in" President Bush says during his live video-teleconference with a hand-selected group of American troops in Iraq.
The video tele-conference is part of an effort by Bush to rally troops and world support ahead of Saturday's vote on the country's new constitution. Maybe I'm still fascinated by how fast technology is moving but it was amazing to see fairly clear video coverage of the exchange between the President of the United States and the crew of American troops in Tikrit, Iraq. Especially touching was the one soldier who appears to be talking improv and says "I like you" to the President. Bush even kids with one female soldier by saying that she looks familiar from her service at the site of Ground Zero New York City where he visited with her home troop previously. I had to chuckle when he says to the team "I bet I look familiar too" and they all snicker yes. Staged yes, at least according to CNN's news team who says the Q&A was scripted in advance with the team practicing their queries before the video tele-conference began.
SCRIPTED Q & A VIA VIDEO TELECONFERENCE
CNN anchor reporting immediately after the video teleconference with US troops and President Bush ends.
Okay, so this blogger is frustrated with not having a special feed available for her to use in her 'live' coverage of the event. BUT in retrospect -- 1 hour later it is indeed fascinating to be able to blog about it almost in real-time. To take digital photos that are immediately transferable (okay via a cable) to the desk-top computer. And to screengrab a JPEG of the AP coverage. Okay so I am not happy I have to screengrab their coverage but I'm making sure to at least attribute the coverage to them with the exact JPEG. WHERE IS THE BLOGGER news service from the White House -- I would subscribe. If I had some advertisers for my blog I might even be willing to pay a junior reporter to cover it LIVE. Or better still let me pull off of the feed from the press room there. I'll even settle for a pool reporter. I know they just had a Blogger video-conference earlier this morning that I missed...but what I want is to be able to cover it live. And not to have to take pictures of my TV SET ....What's a TV set -- oh yes, soon I'll be able to cover this on-the-go with my new Video iPOD -- oh that's right the video on the iPod isn't live either is it? So much for progress...