Monday, January 24, 2011

Time marcheth on

Two weeks into my entry into blogdom at the Washington Post, and things are going pretty well. Am getting more web page hits from what looks like a more and more diverse group; got a load of comment here today from Seventh-day Adventists over why their worldwide network of 170 hospitals allow abortions while at the same time they present themselves as evangelical Protestants.
I spent today on the Mall during the annual March for Life following some Orthodox bishops around for my Metropolitan Jonah piece. The weather was frigid and I wanted to deck some of the Knights of Columbus guards who were manning the barricades in back of the speaker's platform. They were nasty last year about allowing media into the speakers area (which is where I needed to be to do interviews) and they were just as nasty this year, sending me to a non-existent press tent after barring my way. I finally managed to talk my way through at another gate but covering this march is not for the faint-hearted. Last year, I called and called the phone number I had for the march organizers asking for press credentials. What a joke; there wasn't any such thing and no one even returned my calls. Certain groups could get a lot further with the media if basic courtesies were followed.
Posted here is a video of Dancing Veeka taken with my iPhone as I was showing my dad how it worked.


Max said...

Nice blog. You and your readers may find this of interest:

steven said...

Hi, Julia,

Former Times news desker here. You may or may not have been familiar with my name from the 1990s, but I googled someone else and it led me to your blog item from late December of 2009. I'm sorry the bloodbath affected you but glad to see someone of your skill landed on her feet.

Neither your blog nor web site list any way to contact you, and I had a question, if you wouldn't mind my asking, but not through the blog.

Do you have the content control not to post this on the blog, but to email me? I'd look forward to your response, if it wouldn't be a problem.

Thank you.

Steve Katz
ex-TWT news desk