Monday, August 25, 2008

Fox at the convention

There are 15,000 journalists in Denver this week covering the Democratic National Convention. What the heck will they all be doing?

I spoke with Jon Scott, co-anchor of Fox News' midday show, "Happening Now," about what he was hoping to accomplish that 14,999 other journalists couldn't.

For Scott, the Democratic National Convention in Denver will be a homecoming.That’s not a political statement, it’s literal: Scott grew up in Lakewood and Englewood.

He hasn’t covered a convention before, but was beating down the brass’ door to help out at the big show in his hometown.

“I think it’s going to be fascinating to see what happens with the Hillary delegates,” Scott said. “Are there going to be bruised feelings?”

Although polls show the national race to be nearly a tie, the Democratic convention in Denver certainly seems to be attracting more attention than its Republican rival in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Scott thinks there’s simply more drama happening at the Democratic convention.

“I still think that because you had two such historic candidacies on the democratic side — the first African-American and the first woman who had a legitimate shot,” he said. “It’s not a better story, but there is more drama and more unanswered questions.”

While story assignments are still being sorted out — and to some extent will depend on what’s actually happening at the convention, Scott does have some ideas he hopes to follow up on.

“I think back to the (2004) convention that launched Obama into national prominence,” he said. “I’d like to do the backstory on that, how it was that a relatively obscure state senator from Illinois gets thrown into that role.”

And he’s hoping to get out and show viewers some of his hometown.

“I’m excited about the fact that I get to help show off my home city and my home state to a worldwide audience,” Scott said.


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