Drawing comparisons between the Democratic National Convention and this week's Republican fete at Madison Square Garden, Washington Post media reporter Howard Kurtz gives the lowdown on the perks of covering the Republicans versus the Democrats. Aside from the expensive and much-touted media welcoming party at the Time Warner Center on Sunday night, journalists are being treated to massages, manicures, and other
spa treatments by Completely Bare Spa, and men can get haircuts, shoe shines, and hot towel treatments from John Allan's salon. A concierge from Le Parker Meridien hotel is on hand to make dinner reservations, fax papers, and hail cabs. Inside the press center, reporters are noshing cuisine prepared by Ed Koch administration Gracie Mansion chef Mitchell London.