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MP3s of candidate conference calls?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 by Dave Winer.

They talk about them all the time on the news shows, every day the major Presidential candidates have conference calls with reporters. Permalink to this paragraph

It seems much of the real action in the campaign happens here, but we (voters, taxpayers, citizens) have no access. Permalink to this paragraph

I listened to an MP3 of one of the calls, with the chief strategist and communications director of the Clinton campaign. It was fascinating, gave me a picture of how the press and the candidates relate that I had never seen before.  Permalink to this paragraph

Now I want more -- I want it all! ;-> Permalink to this paragraph

I've been asking around, where can I get MP3s of all the conference calls, the day they happen, in full, not spun through the reporters, and so far have come up with nothing. So I'm bringing this issue to as many people as I can think of who might either know how I can get them, or apply pressure to one or more news organizations to make them public. Permalink to this paragraph

I'd of course like to see them made available as an RSS 2.0 feed with enclosures, so it will be accessible to everyone with a podcast client. I would help create this, even host the feed if necessary. Permalink to this paragraph

Anyone at a major media organization would have access to this content. I'm pretty sure it's all on the record. Any help would be much appreciated. Permalink to this paragraph


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