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Monday, March 14, 2005

Do We Have a Conference Call?

H/T PowerLine

NYTimes has done a story on the Lefty Bloggers' attempts to get their stories into the MSM. They're apparently holding conference calls about stories of interest to the bloggers.

Even as online pundits criticize traditional news organizations as slow, biased and technologically challenged, a group of bloggers is trying to use old-fashioned telephone conference calls to share their ideas with newspaper and television journalists.

The bloggers, who describe themselves as liberal or progressive, say the conference calls are intended to counter what they regard as the much stronger influence of conservative pundits online. Bob Fertik, president of Democrats.com, the host of the two calls so far, views them as a step toward getting their reports out to mainstream news organizations.

While there is no way to know precisely who dialed in, reporters from news organizations including CBS, The Washington Post, Newsweek, MSNBC and The National Journal asked for a call-in number, according to one participant.

"We hope to build a bridge," Mr. Fertik said, adding that different bloggers would be invited to share their reporting on each call. "We hope that good credible stories that are broken on the Internet find their way into coverage in the mainstream media."
First off... Why in the heck do the bloggers have to hold a CONFERENCE CALL?!?! I thought they had BLOGS where they could persuade their readers. Is the conf call just Kossacks reading off permalinks? "The next story is 'http://dailykos.com/story/2005/3/14/153519/308' Really good one there. You should read it. Next, we've got 'http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=102x1311377' be sure not to miss that one."

I mean, what a bunch of tools. How laughable...

Second, credible stories? What credible stories have they been pushing? Anything with even a patina of credibility is already in the MSM, while the wild-eyed GannonGuckert/gay prostitute conspiracy theories are untouched - as they should be.

You see, conservative stories originate in the blogosphere PRECISELY because the MSM isn't there to cover them (or even think of them). Thus, when the center-right swarm hits on a story, it breaks into the MSM. When the Left swarms on a story, the MSM has either already covered it OR the story is so unbelievably asinine that the MSM can't cover it. Here's another excerpt which I find interesting:
"The way we perceive it," he said, "is that right-wing bloggers are able to invent stories, get them out on Drudge, get them on Rush Limbaugh, get them on Fox, and pretty soon that spills over into the mainstream media. We, the progressives, we don't have that kind of network to work with."
... interesting... we "invent" stories while they have "credible" stories they'd like to see in the MSM.

I have several questions about this:
  1. if the conservative blogosphere held a conference call, would any MSM reps call in?
  2. DOES ANYONE on the center-right side of the blogosphere participate in conference calls now?
  3. Did Rathergate, Easongate, or Lott-gate get pushed into the MSM through the use of a conference call?
I think I know the answers to these questions (No, No, and No), but as a CITIZEN JOURNALIST, I want to know! I'm a new entrant to the blogosphere (inspired by Hugh's book, BLOG), but if there's a conference call with the MSM, I'd really like to be on it. Of course, there isn't a conference call... there's never been one... there probably never will be...

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler