CHARLOTTE, N.C. The Charlotte Convention Center opened to the worlds media Saturday, though at midday forklifts outnumbered reporters.
The centers lower floor is being converted to temporary newsrooms and interview studios for television networks, national newspapers and news magazines and international press such as the Tokyo Shimbun. Workers hauled in furniture, carpets and electronics, while vendors set up to feed the media mob such Carolinas delicacies as Pepsi and Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
On Saturday, uptown Charlotte was converting from Banktown to Democratic National Convention city, as fences went up and squads of police, on foot and motorbikes, patrolled the streets. Major activity -- and media coverage -- will start Sunday with an uptown protest parade.
Shows such as CBS Face the Nation, CNNs State of the Union and Fox News Sunday will broadcast live from Charlotte.