Our pal, Jeff

Our pal, Jeff

: Jeff Greenfield is probably the bloggers’ best booster in big media because he earnestly likes the things (it’s not just a fad) and he’s influential. He says to TVNewser:

I think the real-time quality to the opinions, corrections, and other voices is terrific; when someone makes a reference to another voice, says ‘read the whole thing’ and lets you link to the other voice, it’s a breakthrough in political dialogue. Unlike some of my colleagues, I don’t fear the lack of editorial control, because there’s a self-correcting mechanism at work, and if peopel don’t like the tone of the blogs, there’s still plenty of traditional media around. My big complaint is that it’s forced me to get up earlier to read all this stuff–including yours.

Not sure yet what I think of the bloggers’ convention coverage. In hindsight, what I think I really want from bloggers is the voice of the voter in the thick of the action — not new journalists, not new pundits, but just people, citizens. I saw some of that. Jay Rosen also gave me what I expected from him — abstracting the experience to find its underpinnings and assumptions — which is amazing since he did it nearly live (for an academic!). I won’t try to catalogue the rest yet; as I said, I’m still mulling. But Charles Cooper at CNET didn’t need any time to decide what he thought: “most of the credentialed bloggers came off like cyberhayseeds in the big city.” But neither did Hugh Hewitt: “The arrival of the bloggers is a big deal. They’ll never not be here in the future, and now the question is who gets to blog the debates?” Oh, Hugh, we all can… from our couches…. with beer in hand….

  • david

    Berger Cleared…let’s see your pal Greenfield do a story on this…opps wait he’ll be trying to show how smart he is by making comparisons to past conventions instead of actually analyzing a speech…
    “Officials looking into the removal of classified documents from the National Archives by former Clinton National Security Adviser Samuel Berger say no original materials are missing and nothing Mr. Berger reviewed was withheld from the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

    The conclusion by archives officials and others would seem to lay to rest the issue of whether any information was permanently destroyed or withheld from the commission.
    Archives spokeswoman Susan Cooper said officials there “are confident that there aren’t any original documents missing in relation to this case.” She said in most cases, Mr. Berger was given photocopies to review, and that in any event officials have accounted for all originals to which he had access.”