Here Are Some Good Out-of-Town Reporter Tweets About Philly

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The scene at the DNC about an hour after Hillary Clinton’s speech ended | Photo: Dan McQuade

I’ve had some fun this week writing about journalists complaining about being stuck in the car line, and other journalists getting mocked on Twitter by angry Philadelphians. But not every out-of-town reporter had angry things to say about Philadelphia.

Take Gawker editor Alex Pareene. In a piece that’s mainly complaining about covering the convention in Philadelphia, he comes off as funny instead of whiny. Read more »

Hillary Clinton Just Gave the Biggest Speech of Her Life. And She Nailed It.


I’m going to say something radical: Hillary Clinton just delivered a powerful speech.

As she broke one of America’s highest glass ceilings Thursday night, the energy in the Wells Fargo Center was complicated. And didn’t we always know it would be? In America? In 2016? In a time in which the basic democracy so many of us took for granted is at risk?

You could feel the soaring hearts of grandmothers, single women and little girls witnessing history being made. You could feel the clenched shoulders of thousands of people terrified of a Donald Trump presidency. You could feel the left, still stung by Bernie Sanders’ loss and alarmed that a four-star general had earlier in the night said, while vouching for Clinton, that America “will have the finest weapons!” if she wins. (“This is the strangest RNC I’ve ever been to,” said someone next to me.) You could feel the out-of-place conservatives who had just awkwardly, if earnestly, stumped for her. You could feel Boomers waxing nostalgic for the 1990s Clintons, and/or trying to shake off their baggage. You could feel the potent words spoken moments prior by a Muslim American whose son had died serving the country — to Trump, he said into the camera, “You’ve sacrificed nothing” — reverberating in so many heads.  Read more »

Chelsea Clinton Humanizes Hillary at DNC


The role Chelsea Clinton needed to play on the last night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia was decided — oddly enough — in Cleveland.

When Ivanka Trump wowed the Republican National Convention with a speech that made her father, Donald Trump, sound like a normal guy who just happened to own casinos and skyscrapers, and not the over-the-top cartoon character that the country has watched with a mixture of fascination and horror over the last year, Chelsea Clinton’s task was clear. She had to offer voters a glimpse of her mother that went beyond the public facade that people have known, and cheered — or jeered — during the last quarter century, when Hillary Clinton was a First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State.

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Tom Wolf Bored the Hell Out of People at the DNC


It can’t be easy to speak at a big political convention, right?

I ask because Governor Tom Wolf was tasked with spending a couple of minutes behind the mic at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night, knowing full well that the energized crowd of 20,000 people inside the Wells Fargo Center was silently counting down the minutes and hours until they got to see Hillary Clinton make history as the first female presidential nominee in American history. Read more »

Mother of Slain Philly Police Officer Gets Standing Ovation at DNC

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Wayne Walker, mother of slain Philadelphia Police Officer, speaks at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night.

The mother of slain Philadelphia police officer Moses Walker Jr., received a standing ovation before speaking at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night.

“For 19 years, my son Moses Walker protected us as a Philadelphia police officer,” Wayne Walker said as she began her speech. “Every morning, for 19 years, Moses put on his uniform. One morning on the way home from the third shift, he was shot and killed. In his living room, I found a pile of wrapped Christmas presents. It was August.

“He always thought ahead. He bought gifts for relatives, single parents, strangers down on their luck. One of those presents did not have a name on it. I still have it.” Read more »

Why Did SEPTA Kick Protesters Off the Subway During the DNC?

Demonstrators protest outside the Comcast Center in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, during the third day of the Democratic National Convention.

Demonstrators protest outside the Comcast Center in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, during the third day of the Democratic National Convention.

A curious thing happened Tuesday afternoon.

I was on my way to the Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center, traveling southbound on the Broad Street Line, when a cop boarded the subway at the Oregon station. He promptly told passengers that if they didn’t have credentials for the DNC, they had to get off — otherwise they wouldn’t be allowed out at AT&T Station. Several protesters, mostly Bernie Sanders supporters, politely exited.

I thought it was weird. For one thing, it made it harder for activists to get to FDR Park, the city’s designated location for demonstrations outside the DNC. It was also an inconvenience for any Philadelphian who needed to exit at AT&T Station to get home or to work. So I asked officials why they decided to boot un-credentialed riders from the subway.  Read more »

Sanders Supporters Plan “Citizens Arrest” of Clinton Tonight

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A Bernie Sanders supporter wears a shirt that says “Enough is Enough” before the final night of the DNC | Photo: Dan McQuade

Update, 11:30 p.m.: Hillary Clinton was not arrested while accepting the Democratic presidential nomination tonight in South Philadelphia. Protesters did hold a “public trial” of her outside the convention grounds.

Earlier: A group called the DNC Action Committee says it is planning a “citizens arrest” of Hillary Clinton tonight during the speech where she will accept the nomination for president.

The DNC Action Committee released its statement a few hours ago. Meanwhile, Sanders supporters are filing into the Wells Fargo Center tonight with highlighter-yellow t-shirts saying “‘Enough is enough’—Bernie Sanders” and a dove holding an olive branch.

While this seems like it could be a statement of peace with Hillary, The Hill says no: Sarah Ferris talked to some supporters who said there will be a demonstration of some sort during Clinton’s speech. “It’s very disorganized,” Sanders backer Guy Anthony told her. (She also contends the “Enough is Enough” shirts are neon green.) Read more »

Out-of-Town Journalists Can’t Stop Complaining About Philly

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The media services desk at the Democratic National Convention, possibly after being ransacked by angry out-of-town journalists | Photo: Dan McQuade

Journalists are saying mean things about Philadelphia. Now a Philadelphia publication is writing about it. Stop the presses!

To recap: On Monday, journalists apparently realized the convention was located about four miles south of Center City, at the Wells Fargo Center. Even though every Philadelphia reporter I knew had an uneventful, quick ride home on the Broad Street Subway, out-of-towners who drove or took Uber waited a long time to get out of the arena. They complained about it on Twitter, and I wrote about it.

Philadelphians on Twitter responded to whining journalists on Twitter like they always do: With a righteous indignation that rivals that of Bernie Sanders supporters. Like Bernie-or-Busters, they care deeply about what they believe in and they do not like being mocked for their beliefs. They also have some pretty great lines. “Journalists love to fancy themselves as savvy and street-smart until they’re slightly inconvenienced,” tweeted @ArkansasFred. Read more »

12 Wonderfully Questionable Purchases That Prove You’re Really Into Electoral Politics


What a crazy couple of week it’s been, right? First it was the RNC in Cleveland, and now there’s the DNC here in Philly. Such large-scale political events are inevitably horrifying and inspiring. There will be some who’ll be alienated by our two-party system entirely after the conventions, but the vast majority of us will continue to follow the electoral/political drama of 2016, which, given the candidates and the rhetoric, feels more like binge-watching a particularly sadistic season of House of Cards. For election-year junkies, there are plenty of ways to show that you’re really passionate about American electoral politics — and what’s more American than buying a lot of highly dubious crap? (Nothing. There is nothing more American than that.) Here are some recommended items to satisfy your capitalist jones between now and November.  Read more »

DNC Celeb Scene: Fergie at the Creative Coalition Gala


Eight-time Grammy winner Fergie headlined The Creative Coalition’s Benefit Gala during 2016 Democratic National Convention last night at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. The Concert kicked off a little after 1 a.m. Fergie just dropped a new single, “M.I.L.F. $” from her forthcoming CD, her first in nearly a decade, with a video featuring Kim Kardashian. The Creative Coalition is a nonpartisan charitable arm of the entertainment industry, and last night’s event brought out a lot of star power, including a Baldwin. Fergie also released four multi-platinum albums with The Black Eyed Peas, with whom she has sold more than 32 million albums and 60 million singles worldwide. Coincidently, the Black Eyed Peas were performing down the street for Rock the Vote, at the Fillmore. When Fergie performed the band’s big hit, “I Gotta A Feeling,” BEP bandmate Taboo joined her on stage.

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