Blogging In BostonSurprise surprise! The Democrats are lying to us. In order order to show their best side they are pulling out all stops, setting up concentration camps for dissenters and lying their asses off to cover them. The DNC is making sure that the bloggers selected to report on them are lackeys that will show them in only the best possible light. Now I wouldn't have a problem with this if they were honest about the fact. Blogs by nature are opinionated, and the DNC would be nuts to invite unfriendly bloggers who might inform the world what really is going on in Boston. However they had about 50 bloggers originally schedualed and approved to go, and for whatever reason they elliminated about 20 of the most troublesome. Exact figures aren't known because the DNC isn't being upfront about that either. This LA Times Editorial piece explains it:
In late June, "official convention blogger" Eric Schnure posted an ebullient paean to weblogs and the role they will play at the Democratic National Convention. "The truth is," he wrote on the convention's website, "more and more people prefer their news and information, fresh and unfiltered, smart and savvy, even with an angle and an attitude…. That's why we're so excited bloggers will be coming to Boston and bringing their unique perspective with them." But, as it turned out, the Democrats weren't that excited. In mid-July, after notifying a number of weblog writers that they had been granted media credentials to cover the convention (just how many, the convention staff won't specify), John Kerry's team revoked the credentials of 20 invitees.
The action was immediately denounced by some of the spurned bloggers, who insisted that it was an attempt by the Democrats to filter out those not on board with the party's program. Schnure offered a hand-wringing apology in a letter to New York University's Jay Rosen, one of the credentialed bloggers: "Unfortunately, despite hours and hours working to get this right, we goofed. We offered credentials to more bloggers than we can accommodate. Thus, we acted as quickly as possible to notify people of our error." He went on to insist that bloggers' politics had nothing to do with whether or not they received credentials. "I cannot stress enough that our error was one of logistics not leanings."
The article goes on and lists a quiz to guess which Blogs got credentials and who got their credential revoked. The Bloggers who were uninvited were not as Kerry friendly as those who received their credentials. Boyfromtroi reports on Wonkette that the bloggers are finding lots of booze and food, but I haven't noticed anything from the DNC Blogers about the Concentration Camps, and the Boston Dissident Crackdown. Although Northstar and Atrios have there take on it all.
Thanks Kuff for spotting the L.A times Editorial.