According to Colorado magazine 5280 (if you remember your elementary school conversions, the title is a nod to the Mile-High city, which boasts an elevation of 5278 feet above sea level), there’s a sizable list of DNC-related events from which the media are excluded. A quick glance at the host committee’s public calendar shows that some events, such as “Hula Hoops for Peace,” are open to media, whereas “Visit to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy laboratory” is not.

Other yes-media, no-media decisions?

Yes: Ralph Nader rally at the University of Denver

No: John Hickenlooper event for the American Wind Energy Association at the Wynkoop Brewing Company

Yes: EMILY’s List Gala with Senator Hillary Clinton, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Michelle Obama at the Sheraton Denver Hotel

No: Planned Parenthood’s “Sex, Politics, and Cocktails Late Night Dance Party” at the Samba Room

5280’s take?

You’re thinking, “So what? Those persnickety reporters just want to turn everything into a story and the Dems deserve some privacy.” But what the press doesn’t report, the public doesn’t know, goes an old newsroom maxim.

What I’m asking: are the media guaranteed a front-row seat to any of the World Wrestling Entertainment’s Smackdown Your Vote events? I hear Superstar Batista will be in attendance.


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Jane Kim is a writer in New York.