Rules are meant to be broken. Or maybe just Gridiron rules.
Leading up to Saturday night’s historical dinner, USA TODAY Bureau Chief and this year’s Gridiron President Susan Page laid down the law loud and clear: No tweeting, blogging or Facebooking until after the dinner. And no cameras whatsoever.
Well it turns out WSJ Deputy Managing Editor Alan Murray tweeted the hell out of the dinner and even took twitpics. Asked for comment, Page told FishbowlDC: “In the Speech in the Dark that opened the dinner, I asked everyone to refrain from tweeting or blogging until the dinner was over. We were delighted that virtually everyone did so, and disappointed that one person did not. But there’s no Gridiron police force and no Gridiron jail. We just rely on everyone’s good faith to comply.”
A Sampling of Murray tweets:
“Unfortunately, I’m not allowed to tweet the line about Rahm ruling Chicago with an iron middle finger….”
“Unfortunately, I also can’t pass on what Mitch Daniels said about riding in a middle airplane seat between Chris Christie and Haley Barbour!”
“Wish I could tweet about Pres’s starting out by having band play “Born in the USA”"
“Referring to Gridiron white tie and tails, Obama said: ‘Forget about winning the future. How about entering the present?’”
So dear readers, what kind of punishment should Murray face? (Choose from these or suggest a new one.)
A) Nothing. He’s a freedom fighter. The rule was stupid.
B) He apologizes publicly for his “crime” and pays a fine of $1,000 to the Gridiron Club.
C) He serves the full sentence: One year in Gridiron Jail. He’ll be served bread and water only.
D) He has to attend next year’s dinner. In drag. No gadgets allowed.
We wrote Murray and asked why he broke the rules. We asked what, if anything, he thinks his punishment ought to be. Stay tuned…
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