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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Ron Carey has a Blogger Breakfast

Minnesota Republican Party Chair Ron Carey invited the bloggers to breakfast. For some strange reason, Lloydletta's Nooz wasn't invited. Craig Westover and the Drama Queen give summaries.

And as long as were on politics, yesterday morning I attended a breakfast for local bloggers hosted by GOP State Chairman Ron Carey. It was an informal session, not unlike some of the editorial board meetings I've attended at the Pioneer Press -- except the questions were somewhat tougher.

It was clear from Carey's comments that the GOP is taking bloggers seriously, both as a vehicle for getting out information unfiltered by mainstream media and recognizing the damage blogs can do putting out bad information. Carey made it clear that bloggers have the same access to party sources as MSM journalists and repeatedly made the point that they should use that access to check out rumors and verify facts before posting. Among those attending, Minnesota Democrats Exposed and Peace Like a River have posted their impressions of get-together. Also present from the GOP were Executive Director Ben Golnik, Communications Director Mark Drake and Research Director Gina Countryman.

Perhaps Ron Carey ought to take his own advice. The GOP Newsline sent out at 5 PM tonight (Jan 26) said:

State of the Union Party At State Party Headquarters

Be sure to join Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Ron Carey and other
Republicans leaders for the President's State of the Union Address on
Tuesday, January 24, 2006. The speech begins at 8 PM so get there early to
get a good seat.

We are located at 525 Park St., Suite 250 in St. Paul.

If you are interested in attending, please email to RSVP.

Free pizza and soda will be provided.

Silly me. I thought the State of the Union would be on January 31, 2006.

Usually I refer to the Democrats as being too stupid to win. At this point, the Republican Party of Minnesota clearly seems to be the gang that can't shoot straight. They are not only geographically challenged, they are also chronologically challenged.

Do you take political provided information as fact? If you are a good blogger or reporter, you fact check press releases that come from political parties and campaigns.

The Drama Queen is now breathlessly reporting comment spam on the MYDFL site. Will the mainstream press take the bait and cover the pissing match between Blois Olson and the Drama Queen? The Drama Queen has posted the initial legal response to Blois Olson's defamation suit. Brodkorb continues to claim: "As I have said before, this lawsuit was never about defamation, but about the right to blog anonymously." Nope, this case is a defamation case - and let the courts decide the case.