I JUST got off the phone with Sir Bob Geldof.
It started with an email on Saturday from John Hinderaker (aka Hindrocket) from the Power Line blog. John had been contacted by Howard Dean’s former campaign manager Joe Trippi (who is also a blogger), who in turn had been contacted by Geldof’s people. Sir Bob wanted to set up a “nonpartisan” teleconference with American bloggers to help spread the word about Live8, his latest effort to “end poverty in Africa.”
Needless to say, I was flattered to be included on the invite list (fair notice: I actually own a Boomtown Rats CD, so I was very excited to get a chance to chat with Geldof, even if it was all about doom & gloom in Africa). But after checking the Live8 website, which features calls for “doubling aid, fully cancelling debt, and delivering trade justice for Africa,” I was a bit skeptical about what he was attempting to accomplish -- I had visions of long-haired protestors calling for an “end to capitalism,” while food aid rots away on the wharf in Mombasa.
Check out the entire post for more of the conversation, and links to some of the other bloggers who took part. Kudos to Geldof for trying to get beyond the partisan BS, and for the various bloggers for giving him a listen. Now, get behind it.
Thanks for the link, Rick.