DNC Puts Off Next Week’s Convention Walk-Through for Media

Posted June 13, 2008 at 1:33pm

With less than one week’s notice, the Democratic National Convention Committee on Friday announced that it has postponed its media walk-through for this summer’s Denver convention indefinitely.

The DNC did not give a specific reason why it put off the event, which was supposed to take place June 19, but said a new date would be scheduled in the next few days.

“We want to be sure that when we host you and other media for this event, we’re prepared with the information you expect us to have so that it is an efficient and productive use of your time,” Democratic National Committee Convention Media Logistics Director Theodore LeCompte wrote in an e-mail to news organizations.

Dozens of news organizations that are covering the convention had planned to send representatives to next week’s walk-through.

The DNCC declined to give any more information about why the event was postponed, but spokesman Damon Jones acknowledged that the problems were “logistical.”

“We’re still working through a number of issues that we really want to have clarified by the time the media arrive here in Denver,” Jones said.

Committee staffers said they did not want to give the media inaccurate information next week, given that news outlets use the walk-through to determine how they will cover the convention.

— Shira Toeplitz