Monday, November 26, 2007

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Bloggers 1, reporters 0

Over at Slate's Trailhead blog, Christopher Beam listens into two conference calls for GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, one for reporters and one for bloggers. Beam's conclusion:

[T]the bloggers’ questions were more substantive by a long shot....

Everyone knows the media is shallow, horse-race obsessed, blah blah blah ... but in many cases, bloggers really are the ones driving discussion of the issues.

posted by Dan on 11.26.07 at 11:38 AM


I posted this before, but again, this is as real as any news:

posted by: anon on 11.26.07 at 11:38 AM [permalink]

A little bit of blogger self-congratulation here, I think. I'll grant that some of the questions listed as having come from bloggers were a little more unconventional (the tourism industry in Michigan?), but if quirkiness is a virtue it isn't one of the higher ones.

posted by: Zathras on 11.26.07 at 11:38 AM [permalink]

If the sample questions accurately reflect the conference calls, the reporters asked questions about the campaign whereas the bloggers asked questions about the issues. I agree that Beam's way of framing this does suggest a "bit of blogger self-congratulation."

posted by: Kenneth Almquist on 11.26.07 at 11:38 AM [permalink]

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