Strib Does Puff Piece on Pawlenty Having Bloggers Over at the Governor's Mansion
Hat Tip Doug at Bogus Gold.
Money Quote from the article:
The cost of the event was less than $200, McClung said. After a reporter inquired about the event, McClung said Pawlenty decided to pay the tab out of his own pocket. McClung said the event turned out well for Pawlenty.
That's good that the taxpayers weren't paying for this event. It's good that Pawlenty is interested in New Media - but none of the bloggers that were invited do reporting. They post their opinions. It appears that the Taxpayers were going to be on the hook until a Reporter called to ask who paid for it.
What's unfortunate is that main stream media - including the strib and pioneer press do a fair amount of press release journalism.
More from the article:
McClung said those invited were culled from groups associated with the local conservative blog Powerline, which received acclaim for its role criticizing CBS' now-debunked report on memos related to President Bush's National Guard service. McClung said there was no intent to exclude local bloggers who might be critical of Pawlenty or have more left-leaning or progressive points of view.
Was their any discussion at the event of how Powerline won the City Pages Best Meltdown award?
If you are a connoisseur of the meltdown, Hinderaker's frothing, sputtered, red-faced response was a thing of beauty: "You dumb shit, he didn't get access using a fake name, he used his real name," he huffed in his e-mail. "You lefties' concern for White House security is really touching, but you know what, you stupid asshole, I think the Secret Service has it covered. Go crawl back into your hole, you stupid left-wing shithead. And don't bother us anymore. You have to have an IQ over 50 to correspond with us. You don't qualify, you stupid shit."
Brunswick missed how the Koolaid Report and Nihilist in Golf pants were unhappy with being left out in the cold. Koolaid Report talks about how Mitch Berg is trying to put KAR in their place.
My guess why they were left out:
Kool Aid Report's Testimonial from Nihilist: "I read you guys before Powerline...Hell, I don't even read Powerline anymore!"
Developing. . .