Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Bloggers allowed to cover Libby trial

As the jury selection for the trial of the obscenely guilty (j/k) Lewis "Scooter" Libby gets underway today, the court has reserved two of the one hundred media seats for bloggers. The "Media Blogger's Association" is the organization of record in the effort to get bloggers admitted to the trial.

I didn't even know there WAS a blogger's organization, and I've never heard of the MBA, so they might want to work on their outreach program. This trial is certainly giving them a lot of publicity, though. And it will be interesting to see how the bloggers chosen by the MNA will cover the trail.

Fire Dog Lake is represented at the trial, with contributor Pachacutec attending and taking notes.

Just as an aside, if bloggers wish to gain credibility with the powers that be, I think it might be time for them to do away with the anonymous handles and use their real names when reporting from important political events. It would be another step toward erasing the line between bloggers and "serious journalists". I think it would be a good way for bloggers to accept the responsibility of being accountable for what they report.

This from CNN:

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