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Wizbang Day At The Examiner

Mark Tapscott says it must be Wizbang Blog Day at the Examiner because Kevin and I both have pieces published there today.

Kevin's column is about Katrina and how we should forget everything we thought we knew because much of it is wrong.

My column is about how candidates who fully utilize the blogosphere are practicing smart politics.

If you have not been reading the online version of the Examiner regularly, check it out now. One of my all time favorite political reporters, Bill Sammon, is now at the Examiner, but there is much more there than politics. One of my favorite sections is called "Strange." The "strange" section contains weird, funny and strange stories from around the world, so you gotta love that. There is plenty for others who aren't as strange as I am to love too, though. The layout makes it really easy to jump from section to section and everything is organized in a way that makes it quick to catch up on the latest. This is one you will probably want to bookmark.

Kevin adds: In case it's not obvious, the Examiner column is a joint work between Paul and myself. When I checked last the piece was the top ranked post at the Examiner (# 1 of 7,125 articles), credit for which goes to all of Paul's hard work on the story. The rewrite was interesting, as it forced us to address the story (without photos) to an print audience that didn't have links to the details, The 750 word limit on the piece and the lack of images necessitated a different approach to presenting the the information contained in Paul's original piece - The Katrina Video Congress Didn't Want You To See.

Comments (6)

OK, whose mother-in-law do ... (Below threshold)

OK, whose mother-in-law do I have to kill to get in on this?


Congrats to you both Lorie ... (Below threshold)

Congrats to you both Lorie and Kevin! Nicely done.

Both columns were well-writ... (Below threshold)

Both columns were well-written and argued - kudos to you both.

Engaging bloggers could make the difference in tight races this year. By 2008, the only candidates who will be able to ignore the "blogosphere" and still be successful will be long-term incumbents in very "safe" districts.

I rather suspect that the method used by your state senator will prove the most successful - simply provide access and interact with the bloggers openly. We've had several instances of campaigns hiring bloggers without immediately disclosing the relationship.

The whole Armstrong-Kos axis of approval-for-sale has tainted such relationships, even though the rest of them may be perfectly legitimate. Patrick Hynes of AnkleBitingPundits, for example, was slow in announcing his contract with McCain's "pre-campaign" org, and was roundly pounded for it by his own audience. Now he has to link a disclaimer on nearly every post mentioning McCain.

I believe the primary role of bloggers in future campaigns will be an in-between one. Bloggers announce their beliefs and biases openly, and every post can be read in the clear light of that disclosure. It will be easier to maintain credibility as a "conservative," "proggessive," "libertarian," or even "anarcho-marxist-libertarian," where the reader knows where the blogger is coming from, than by being a compensated worker for any campaign. Or than by pretending to some impossible level of "objectivity," and keeping all prejudices undisclosed - like the formerly Mainstream Media.

Kevin ~ I hope your column helps the NOLA story get some more play. Any report that doesn't begin and end with FEMA being the big villain seems to get no traction with the fMSM.

Exerrrrent!Good jo... (Below threshold)


Good job to you both.

I guess Kevin could host an... (Below threshold)

I guess Kevin could host an internet credulity with Mark Ash from Truthout. Your faith in Paul's conclusion is charming, Kevin - misplaced, but charming.

The IPET report itself and documentary evidence and recreations on the 17th Street levee collapse manage to disprove your man-on-the-ground's conclusions about the inevitability of the levee's collapse.

But, hey, it's Paul's story and your sticking to it.

Enjoy the hits.

BumperStickerist your lack ... (Below threshold)

BumperStickerist your lack of knowledge is superseded only by your abilty to lie about the facts that are inconvenient to you.

Part of me admires people who can get into an intellectual argument and simply lie. I can't do it.






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