Sea of cameras awaiting the event, including big players, like CNN
Two fellers from Georgia who claim to have found the creature
The feeding frenzy to get the two new photos released at the press conference
Well, I can hardly believe that I was able to make it into the “press only” press conference today at a hotel in Palo Alto. The big guys were there, with their trucks, satellite dishes, and honkin’ big cameras. The woman at the door asked me who I was with, so I said, “I’m a blogger” and handed her a business card that has a photo of me on it. She handed me a press kit, asked me to sign some waiver, and welcomed me. I entered a room that would soon swell to several hundred people, ranging from top-tier press to bloggers, including Jason Kincaid from TechCrunch, to random locals and a guy in a Bigfoot costume.
The wifi coverage in the room sucked, so I live tweeted via my Treo. For those who missed ‘em, here are my tweets:
I’ve made it into the lobby of the hotel in Palo Alto where the Bigfoot press conference is happening in 30 minutes
I am in the room where the Bigfoot press conference will be. Sweet!
a sea of cameras including CNN
the room is filling up at the Bigfoot press conference
a guy in a Bigfoot costume is here with a sign that says “We hide for a reason.”
it has begun
long slow preamble
tom biscardi likes to say his own name
“getting pictures from these guys is like pulling teeth from a baby”
biscardi says the boys have turned over the body to him
talking about an autopsy to be done next week
“it’s not a human or an ape”
17 minutes and no meat
why not contact the authorities? “I wanna protect the species”
“we were afraid of them and not armed”
“oh you’re talking about the Bigfoots”
how much money do you expect to make? “As much as possible.”
dna results of three samples. one messed up. one human. on possum. oh, brother
one guy is holding up the new photo showing a closeup of the dead creature’s mouth with tongue hanging out
we are told that we will each get a new photo and the dna test results. big whoop.
the other guy is about to talk
he’ showing us a photo of one walking away
and it’s over
I have to say it was a terrible disappointment, and a complete disaster of a press conference. And I’m not talking about the idiot charlatans on the stage, but the performance of the media in attendance. They all sat through 30 minutes of inconsistent lies with zero new evidence, and no one held their feet to the fire. Advice to the big guys, if you’re going to send your camera crew, also send reporters who will ask tough questions.
I regret that I did not ask the fellers from Georgia my burning question, “Do you eat any Bigfoot meat, and how did it taste?”
Oh, and I just found this link to video of the conference.
Okay. I think I really need to start my vacation; eager to get past this summer news cycle!