Bloggers are “voters with friends” blogger says

I found this comment over on the Connecticut Blue blog pretty insightful: “To me, a blogger is less a reporter than a voter with a lot of friends. A candidate doesn’t try to charm or convince a reporter like they do a voter.”

He links to Steve Garfield, who has some good insights. By the way, I don’t think any journalists got more than 10 minutes with the candidate. That schedule is decided by the campaign. We visited four states in three days. It isn’t possible to give anyone more time than that. More lengthy sessions will come over the course of the next year, though. I agree that if we want real depth and understanding of someone’s view on an issue we need more time than that and you need to be able to ask more than one question. I recorded that session, by the way, and will be one of the videos I get up.

Steve videoed me too while we were waiting for Edwards to show up in New Hampshire.

5 thoughts on “Bloggers are “voters with friends” blogger says

  1. But they aren’t. At least, not all of them. Political blogs are already “mature” — just like tech blogs. Remember the whole Joe L thing and what bloggers attempted to do there? I don’t vote there, so I never gave that race real thought, but it didn’t strike me that bloggers were really voter’s friends there. You’ve talked a lot about disclosure: same thing applies in this world. And the echo chamber seems to be much much worse. I often just have to stop reading the blogs for that reason. This world is much nastier than the tech-blog world. :(

  2. But they aren’t. At least, not all of them. Political blogs are already “mature” — just like tech blogs. Remember the whole Joe L thing and what bloggers attempted to do there? I don’t vote there, so I never gave that race real thought, but it didn’t strike me that bloggers were really voter’s friends there. You’ve talked a lot about disclosure: same thing applies in this world. And the echo chamber seems to be much much worse. I often just have to stop reading the blogs for that reason. This world is much nastier than the tech-blog world. :(

  3. I just saw Steve’s video, it was great! Man, I can’t wait to see your stuff. That is the type of information that a blogger or vlogger can bring.
    At the last, the amount of equipment used in these events is staggering.

    Guy

  4. I just saw Steve’s video, it was great! Man, I can’t wait to see your stuff. That is the type of information that a blogger or vlogger can bring.
    At the last, the amount of equipment used in these events is staggering.

    Guy

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