The stilts guy was back! I saw him it one of McCaskill's townhalls recently and at the 100 Days/Arnold Tea Party.
And there were new faces in the crowd—some guy and the devil. Checkout the enthusiasm on "some" guy's face.
Mike Garrity and his channel 5 news team interviewed Janet about her street corner protest. Mike's story is online available: KSDK 5 Report.
The first video is a walk along the side of the street when I arrived at 12:15 to get an estimate of the crowd.
The second video is of the channel 5 team interviewing Janet.
The third video is my interview with Janet. I think this is the best of the bunch, so I've put it below. If you only watch one video, this is the one!
The fourth video is the crowd at 1:45 as the event began to wind down.
I have a couple of thoughts about my video coverage compared with KSDK 5's. I think Mike conducted several good interviews and produced a balanced report of today's protest. The television format definitely boxed him in time-wise—I found myself wishing that more of his interview with Janet was included. In this regard, I think my interview with her is better; however, from a news perspective, Mike checked several boxes that I did not. He provided context including an explanation of the police presence and a couple of short interviews with folks stopping at the nearby gas station who, unlike the protesters, support the healthcare legislation.
The St Louis Tea Party video team strives to accurately report news at tea party events, but we're still not doing that well. We're learning and we're growing (I met a couple more bloggers and videographers Saturday), but we need to remember to get opposing views.
- Mike Garrity: KSDK 5 Report
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- POedPatriot: Pictures from O'Fallon MO K&N Protest
- POedPatriot: Video from August 29th Protest in O'Fallon MO