Live 8 on Line 1
George Clooney really wanted to be on the conference call, but regretted the scheduling conflict.
Live 8 on Line 1
Instead, we got some political operatives talking circles around our questions, but doing a good job spreading the word among bloggers about the cause behind July 2nd's Live 8 benefit on the Ben Franklin Parkway.
Joe Trippi, the man behind Howard Dean's groundbreaking use of the Web as a political fundraiser/buzz spreader, was veritable quote machine.
"This is not asking for people's bucks. This is asking for their voice."
And, when telling us about the difference between the Live 8 concert and the organizers' One.org, which marshals aid to fight poverty in Africa:
"Live 8 is the moment. One is the movement."
There is no telling how many people were involved in this, the second bloggers' conference call to rally the typed word for the upcoming shows, which take place across the world in advance of the G8 meeting in Scotland.
Sir Bob Geldof was on the phone for the first call, along with Richard Curtis, the filmmaker and screenwriter (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually) helping tell the story of Africa's plight.
For our B-list call (that's us on the B-list, which is optimistic) we got Mark McKinnon, who is President Bush's vice chairman of public strategies, and Mike McCurry, the former Clinton spokesman who advised Sen. John Kerry in the last presidential election.
Some news: a new Technorati site will collect Live 8 blogs - both about the show and the cause. It will show how many people are talking about Live 8, Sifry said. Goal: one million buzzing blog posts. As of this morning, there were 8,881.
One.org has launched.
As a gesture of the broad spectrum united by this movement, George Clooney and the Rev. Pat Robertson will make a joint appearance on Nightline tonight.
McKinnon on celebrity causes: "I know there is a considerable amount of skepticism. We've got some players here who have a tremendous track record and a high degree of credibility. This is an effort that is well-coordinated and well-organized. A lot of folks involved are clearly doing this for the right reasons and a great deal of passion."
McCurry: The blogosphere is a place for zesty debate that sometimes gets obviously a little acrimonious. That is good. We want spirited and well-designed debates. But at the end of the day we ve got to come together if we want to make things work and we want to change the world."
Already, he said, there is great evidence of progress. "It is practically impossible to actually get people interested in a G8 summit."
Karl Martino at Philly Future got off the one question I could tell was from a Philadelphia blogger - many were invited. His take.