My post last week on why Religion News Service covered the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia but not the Republican National Convention in Cleveland generated a fair amount of response both in the comments section and on social media.
I pretty much accepted RNS editor in chief Jeremy Socolovsky's explanation for the decision:
The reason we did not have someone at the GOP convention is that we weren't able to get accreditation.
But a number of folks thought I was too easy on RNS.
For example, reader Mikehorn commented:
This is so lame I hardly know where to begin. Was the Internet broken? Was Cleveland under quarantine? Did your computers disappear and you had no typewriters or pencils?
Twitter responses to the post were similar.
Meanwhile, our own Terry Mattingly asked:
Question from a veteran reporter, about RNS and RNC: Wait a minute, wasn't every single moment of the GOP convention on C-SPAN?
I would add: I am sure that RNS veterans have thick files of contact info for leaders in various wings of the GOP, correct?