Ira Teinowitz is covering the Democratic and Republican conventions, documenting how television and advertisers mix it up with the politicians.


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Matthews Revved Up by Live Coverage

August 27, 2008 11:14 AM

A day after convention protesters tried to disrupt MSNBC's "Hardball" program as it broadcast live from a Denver street corner, host Chris Matthews is saying he still likes the live convention segments.

"It is so much fun to be in the round," he told TelevisionWeek. "We've done it at all the Democratic and Republican debates, we've done it all the conventions.

"We did it in Herald Square last year. I had a man try to jump me and a bodyguard grab him," Matthews added.

"I had a drunk at Democracy Plaza on Election Night last year try to climb up a fiberglass panel. I had Zell Miller threaten to duel me. I enjoy it. I love the people," he said.

In Tuesday's incident, protesters tried to drown out the show's audience, forcing the show to abandon a normal segment where the hosts talk to the audience, but otherwise leaving "Hardball" unchanged.


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