Tuesday, March 08, 2005

The end of blogging as we know it?

What an interesting confluence of events we have had in the last few days. First, a Federal Election Commissioner blows the whistle on impending regulation of blog postings as in-kind campaign contributions. And now a blogger has gotten a day pass, attended a press conference and actually liveblogged from the White House.

I agree with Instapundit reader Tom Maguire, who gets it perfectly right:
On a more serious note, Tom Maguire emails to say that the real lesson here is "Take that, FEC!" If bloggers are getting credentialed as press, the argument to treat "real" press differently from bloggers collapses.
Granny Insanity sees it as a sign that, "the democracy train is still tugging along." And Secure Liberty sees it as fairly easy to do, as long as the blogger doesn't have a day job.

Now if I were one of those Karl-Rove-controls-everything-and- everyone theorists, I'd say it was all a perfect set up to slap the FEC in the face while further eroding the ground under the mainstream media's feet.

Whether the White House or the FEC wins out, it’s clear we are at a turning point for media in this country and maybe the world.

Oh, and how did I notice the linked postings? I saw them on CNN Television. Truly, blogging has changed forever!

POSTSCRIPT: Steve H. over at The Command Post is decidedly unimpressed, Fake Blogger Admitted to White House Press Corps:
The "blog" is FishbowlDC, a site decorated with all the little corporate features sites like Yahoo have. A contact email address which doesn't go to the "blogger." A disclaimer. A copyright notice. A site map.

The "blog" has no comments, and there are no trackbacks.

Idiots. Real bloggers will never get any recognition as long as establishment hacks continue their incestuous practice of calling corporate sites "blogs."

Calling this Graff person a blogger is like calling the pimply kid who brings Brit Hume doughnuts a broadcaster.

A blogger pays his own bills. A blogger has comments, if at all possible. A blogger does his own writing or chooses a few friends to help. A blogger has trackbacks. A blogger links to other REAL bloggers, not the mainstream dorks Graff links to.

I hate to disagree with a tongue that sharp, but I do. The precedent that has been set is there regardless of whether Graff is a "real" blogger. And I see no recognition problem when all the headlines say "Blogger," not, "Establishment Hack."

Cheer up, Steve!

POST-POSTSCRIPT: The Political Teen has video of Graff on MSNBC. (Hat tip, Michelle Malkin)