1/19/2009

O-Team and HBO Pointing Fingers

Inauguration Day 2009Image by The Visions of Kai via FlickrThe folks at HBO and the folks on the Inaugural Committee are pointing fingers at each other for the affront of not televising Bishop Gene Robinson's prayer and further alienating LGBT people and those who believe in equality and unity.

From Pam's House Blend:

In a conversation with this writer, Jeff Cusson, Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs for HBO, confirmed that HBO was not involved in the decision to move Bishop Robinson's remarks to a time prior to the beginning of the actual broadcast:

"HBO had no involvement in the scheduling of those who appeared as part of the televised event. You'll have to talk to PIC about all of the scheduling decisions. We had a set broadcast time and went forth accordingly."
I just received a statement from the Obama camp/Presidential Inaugural Committee:
"We had always intended and planned for Rt. Rev. Robinson's invocation to be included in the televised portion of yesterday's program. We regret the error in executing this plan - but are gratified that hundreds of thousands of people who gathered on the mall heard his eloquent prayer for our nation that was a fitting start to our event," said PIC communications director Josh Earnest.
At least this time they have enough sense to realize that this was a pretty big faux pas and is making the Warren thing boil back up.

In Pam's post there is a notation that O-Team members rumor that Robinson's prayer might be played on the Mall just prior to the start of the swearing in ceremony.


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