Friday, February 20, 2009

Political Roles of Bloggers

External Roles



Reviser/extender/media critic

First-hand accounts

Political analyst


Watchdog/Investigative reporter

From The Blogging Revolution:

The first mention of blogging in the Congressional Record goes to Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), which occurred in 2006. Senator Snowe made the reference in a debate over the proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit burning of the American flag. Speaking in support of the amendment, Snowe said: Write letters to the editor. Start a website. Create a blog. Organize. Leaflet. March. Chant. Speak out. Petition. Do any and all of these things, but do not burn our flag” (quoted in Hynes, 2006, n.p.). Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) responded: "The Constitution is not a blog for venting political opinions, currying favor with voters, or trying to bump up sagging poll numbers” (quoted in Glover, 2006c, n.p.). The first mention of a blog in a Senate nomination hearing occurred in 2006 during the confirmation hearings for Chief Justice John Roberts. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) asked the soon-to-be Chief Justice a question based on a post he had read the night before on the Volokh
Conspiracy blog ( /)

Bloggers and Politicians

Blogs by political figures:

Hillary Clinton at 2007 Yearly Kos:

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