Blogging god

Charmaine Yoest, who extended an invitation for a blogging junket to the Justice Sunday II, responds to my post, among others, here. I figured it was accidental that I got invited, but she says that it was quite intentional. I do salute them for being open to inviting all sides. I wasn’t sure what group was extending the invitation and plane tickets; turns out it is the Family Research Council. Charmaine scolds me for my word choice about these folks and she’s right. But still, I am antimatter to their matter. And I certainly would not take their money. But I’m glad everyone’s being transparent about the arrangements.

: Yesterday, an AP reporter called to talk about this. During the conversation, it occurred to me that I did not fully disclose one payment I received to be at an event I also blogged and I should have done so. I went to an Annenberg confab about — what else? — the future of news and they paid honoraria and picked up travel for the speakers. I then also blogged the event. I should have told you that.

  • Andy Freeman

    One of the most destructive things that MSM does is the constant bleating that money is the major motivator for bad things. It’s not, at least outside the MSM. And, the complementary lesson, that folks who aren’t getting money are somehow more virtuous, is wrong as well.

  • Money is what gets things done. However, having to “fully disclose” where every freaking dollar comes from is ridiculous. Wow, you got paid to blog, congratulations. If you’re not working for the government (which means I pay oy), I don’t care.

  • Jim Dermitt

    Oh how the plot thickens by the microsecond. Money, it’s a hit. Silence it speaks so much louder than words in a world that is broken. For hard cash we will lie and deceive. One world, it’s a battle ground. Dealing in death is the nature of the beast. To thy self be true. I guess your memory isn’t perfect, which is becoming a sin in the new digital world. I forgot more scripture than some people know. In God We Trust.

    Disclosure: I’m listening to Pink Floyd right now on analog tape.

  • Jim Dermitt

    The digital age is funny. Forgetting to remember is sin and hard core lies are currency. Your paper isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on and your stock isn’t worth the paper it’s not printed on. The new thing is replacing writers with computer programs to manage the news. I just don’t think it will work. They can try. It’s a free country.

  • Jim Dermitt

    You can’t manage the news without writing at least a little. You could write the news in code and try to program the world. People have other ideas. It’s like kicking around on piece of ground in your hometown and one day you find ten years have gone behind you. You’re older and every year is getting shorter. Do what you can while you can, for who you can. Did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?

  • Jim Dermitt

    Oh wise one, go and sin no more in word or feed.
    Shine on you crazy diamond. You can’t innovate without messing up a few things. I messed up more stuff than I can remember. I might mess up more stuff, but that’s the risk, that’s the business. You never know what I might mess up next. Hell, I don’t even know. The computer crashed this morning. The cassette tape player seems to just keep working no matter what happens. I’m using dead media here. So sue me.

  • Jim Dermitt

    The next big thing: Sue the bloggers. This will keep the corporate lawyers busy and well fed. It should also help companies crush their critics. It’s like a giant digital filter. If you have a billion dollar company coming after you, what can you do? Keep on hacking folks. When everybody is wrong, everybody is right or something. Thank God you don’t need a search engine to find your friends. Who needs enemies with technology like ours?

    Disclosure: I lost my virginity in June.

  • owl 1

    Did you say something Jim?

  • Charlie (Colorado)

    Jim, WTF? Are you chemically enhanced while you’re posting these things?

    Anyway, Jeff, it’s your choice and all, but if you and others won’t take the FRC’s money to go to their conferences an the opposing opinion, won’t that mean there won’t be opposing opinions at these thigns? Aren’t we likely to see this later reflected in complaints about “right wing echo chambers”?

    Besides, every dollar they spend on you is a dollar they can’t spend on pushing their agenda.

  • Charlie (Colorado)

    BTW, Jeff, I wish you had a preview still.

  • Jim Dermitt

    Sorry Charlie.

  • Yes, Charlie, on both points.
    Jim: I’m not sure what you’re up to but having a cogent thought that adds to the conversation will be more appreciated by the nice folks who hang out here. I appreciate your enthusiasm but I think some don’t know how to talk around the volume.

  • Jim Dermitt

    No problem boss. It’s been fun G.

  • Jeff —

    Come on…there’s still time. Direct flights from Newark to Nashville on Continental. The bad side is that you’ll have to fly Continental, but take what you can get.

    We of the Nashville blogger set will take you out for something good to eat. Guaranteed to be worthwhile. Yeah, it’s hot down here right now, but shoot: it’s August–it’s hot everywhere. What do you say?

  • What a strange world we live in where the wacky religious fundamentalists are more open and ‘hip’ to blogging than technology companies like, um… Dell.

  • Jeff, they might turn out to be nice folks who just have a different opinion than yours.

    I say, go down there, enjoy the nightlife, the grand ole opry, the bbq, the great smokey mountains, dollywood etc., and then write what you have to write.

    You don’t want to be typed as a elitist new yawker.

    Give me your plane ticket, I’ll go in your stead.

  • Jim Dermitt

    Dan is totally right about this. That’s Elvis Country. Go to the meeting heavy. You could podcast it for everybody who can’t get there. I’d hold out for a limo and driver.

  • Hey, I’ll gladly take the FRC’s money to cover their event. It’s less cash for them to spend on causes I abhor, and I have a surprising amount of faith in my ability to take them for every dollar I can expense or stipend, and still mock them mercilessly.

    I’m absolutely serious; I wish they’d send the money or a query ASAP.

  • Andy Freeman

    > Money is what gets things done.

    Money is one thing that “gets things done”. Other things also get things done. Sometimes they even work when money failed.

    Moreover, MSM’s money obsession often ignores “good” money. For example, they rarely point out that MDs and teachers have economic interests.

  • Jim Dermitt

    If you want hits, you have to pay. Either by buying traffic or content. Your not going to make a killing for nothing. Blogs can get a whole lot of hits with little content or a few short posts a day. What’s the traffic worth? A free trip sounds like a good deal. Maybe we’ll see more travel blogs popping up. I’ll blog for a trip to Hawaii. I’ll blog on the beach, at the airport, the hotel even the shower or the pool. Gambling blogs from Vegas are around the corner.
    Blogging will expand into entertainment. It’s a sure thing! How much news blogging can you do, before you get bored to death? The AP feeds have thenews covered, along with all the other news feeds. News isn’t broke.

  • I’ve been meaning to compliment you on your handling of all this. It takes guts to lay out offers like this and from my eyes, means you walk your talk. Maybe you were a bit rough on them – but the point about transparency and blogging is a big one – and you made it.

    Maybe there should be a standard way for folks to find such disclaimers.

  • Jim Dermitt

    Standard Blog Disclaimer
    Consider eveything here bullshit. Do not rely on any information provided here to be accurate or adhere to any standards of professional journalism.
    This is a blog and only a blog, in case of an emergency you will not be directed where to tune for important news and information in your area.

  • Jim Dermitt

    Got stuff offline that needs done.
    Man do I have stuff that needs done.
    I’m blogging off for the weekend.
    Have fun!