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March 30, 2005

Yesterday Big Media Matt, tomorrow John Aravosis

The National Press Club is wavering. Under pressure from the lefty blogosphere, Matt Yglesias has been invited to sit on the NPC's blogs and journalism panel. Congratulations to Matt and to everyone who helped press the NPC for balance.

Determined to press the advantage, Saul-Paul Kelley drafts a second letter of protest, demanding John Aravosis also be included:

This panel portends to discuss the meanings of the words "journalist" and "blogger" and whether the two are different things or one and the same.  We note that this topic has once again been raised in light of the Gannon case, although the debate on blogs as journalism has been going on for years here in the so-called "blogosphere."  As Gannon is not a blogger, we feel his inclusion means that the panel is largely about Gannon himself and what his specific case means in context of the discussion.  We also note, as you must have, that Gannon's presence on the panel will allow him to once again air his side of the story. Who will air the other side?

While we commend your about face by extending an invitation to Matthew Yglesias to sit on this panel, it ignores the larger issue.  We think highly of Yglesias' work publicizing the mission of bloggers and don't want to exclude him, or anyone, from the panel, but he was simply not a central player in regards to the Gannon story.  A panel on the case of Jeff Gannon, especially one including Gannon himself, should have representation from someone who did heavy lifting there, someone intimately familiar with the process that brought Gannon's identity and his relationship with the White House Press Corps to the public eye. That voice must be a blogger who was a key player in the investigation of Gannon, his role in the media and his background.

Many people at various blogs, including SusanG at Daily Kos, Media Matters, World O Crap, Atrios, and AMERICAblog were at the fore of this investigation.  Traditional media ignored the story until bloggers uncovered it.  That's why you're having a panel on it.  However, not one of the individuals who worked hard on the story was approached with an invitation to speak on the panel. Even outside the context of right versus left, this exclusion raises a serious issue of journalistic imbalance.  This was not a careless oversight.  The institutional press is giving the investigated his voice while not allowing the investigator to have its say.

Thus, we cannot recommend strongly enough the inclusion of AMERICAblog's John Aravosis on this panel.  He has volunteered to be the representative of those who worked on the Gannon investigation.

As we have noted above, you're discussing a story broken by blogosphere yet cutting out the very people who made it a story there. This exclusion is shortsighted and raises questions of journalistic imbalance and ethical malfeasance.  Thus, we again must raise our collective voice and insist that John Aravosis sit on the panel.

Sean-Paul Kelley,
Think Progress, Think Progress
Ezra Klein, Echidne of the snakes,
Amanda Marcotte,
Mark Karlin, Editor and Publisher,
Matt Stoller,
Democratic Underground
Lindsay Beyerstein
Shakespeare's Sister, and
Bob Brigham,
Dave Johnson,
Matt Singer,
Kari Chisholm,
Steve Gilliard,
Kevin Drum, Political Animal
Crooks and Liars,
Brian Balta,
That Colored Fella,
Anna Brosovic
skippy the bush kangaroo
David Neiwert Orcinus
Julien 's List
General J.C. Christian,
Laura Rozen,
Liza Sabater,
Chris Patil,
Ralph Dratman,
David (Austin Tx),
Ellen Dana Nagler,
Sean Carroll,
media girl,
Joe Giblin
Stephen Anderson,
Kevin Hayden, American Street
Elaine Supkis Culture of Life News II
Melanie Mattson Just a Bump in the Beltway
Kenneth Bernstein
James E. Shirk
Dennis Perrin, Red State Son
Margaret Imber
Read The Otter Side
Kerry Lutz
Kelly B
Wes Flinn, Walk In Brain Greg Turner,
Jeremy, Dean Lawrence Velvel,
The Purple Coalition
Erik Wilson, The Generik Brand
Clif Burns
Sandra Wooten, Dallas, Texas
Nico Pitney, Center for American Progress
Hughes for America, Ben Varkentine,
As I Please
Lane Schwark, Dr. Laniac's Laboratory
Jeff Tiedrich, Editor and Publisher, The Smirking Chimp
Ryan Pitts, Dead Parrot's Society
Paperwight, Paperwight's Fair Shot
The Farmer,
Mr. Thomas M. Fiddler, Somerset, KY 42502
Sidsel Anderson,
Boadicea, We are the Resistance
Frederick Rhine, BeatBushBlog
Riggsveda, It's My Country Too!
John J. McKay,
Larry Hosek, Silence Is Consent
ice weasel, private blog
James Benjamin, The Left End Of The Dial
Charles Kuffner, Off The Kuff
Chris Bowers, MyDD


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I want to thank you for taking up the blogswarm started by the DCP last week, regarding Terri Schiavo. United blogs can really get a message out to people and we are asking you once again to join a united effort.

The nuclear option is looming, Frist is still threatening, and the filabuster is in danger. You can help by joining the filablog.

Filablogsters can save the filabuster by making the filablog an online extravaganza.

the DCP has links and action ideas. Please join the effort to save democracy

many many thanks!!!

You know what will happen, don't you? If they get Avarosis on, JJGG will bail. He's a coward and hasn't faced tough questioning and will wilt in the presence of a determined and knowledgable foe like John A.

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