Live 8 on Line 1

Live8_concerts_72 George Clooney really wanted to be on the conference call, but regretted the scheduling conflict.

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', 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.

Also: David Sifry of, John Hinderaker of Power Line and Joe Trippi of

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. 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.

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That Dude from Philly
Posted 06/24/2005 08:11:49 AM

Can I ask a dumb question? Since celebrities are asking for OUR money shuldn't they have to disclose what they are contributing? I have a felling that they think donating their time is more important than THEIR money.

Brian Michael
Posted 06/26/2005 11:41:21 PM

Yea, that soundbite like most, wasn't a Trippi original. The problem is that they should be asking for our money. You can not solve an international crisis such as Africa through a grassroots lobbying effort. Its not an effective tactic here because the scales are disproportional. This isnt an issue like dams or land mines. Live Aid rocked and it sparked something, Live 8 is trite and waste of time and money.

D.C. girl
Posted 08/03/2005 04:44:54 PM

This ONE campaign is one of the WORST ideas ever to come about. Our administration is already in trouble for spending too much and now the movement wants every American to donate 1% of the government taxes to the U.N. I think these celebrities believe they are making a difference by supporting this movement but so much more could be accomplished and sooner if these wealthy celebs were smarter about their politics. The U.N. is not helping end poverty and hasn't been productive in getting governments to make water available to everyone (the greatest source of poverty is the fact that the poor have to spend most of their day getting clean water)... So why should the U.S. government give 1% of our taxes to another large organization that is clearly not making a difference. The 80s were supposed to be the water decade for the U.N. to make water available to everyone. They clearly have failed to accomplish this goal over the past 25 years. I think a lot more could be accomplished if these lobbying organizations actually educated themselves on what are the solutions and then join together to collect money to aid the development of the water business in these third world countries. The U.N. and the governments of these third world countries are clearly not the best options to give more money. Only with clean water available, (clearly only through the efforts of setting up private water enterprises in these countries/ something separate from their corrupt governments) can these poverty stricken communities have more time to devote to education and creating a more functionable society.