Friday, January 12, 2007


Bloggers Will Cover Libby Trial

Bloggers Gain Access to Libby Trial

Internet bloggers will be allowed to cover the criminal trial of former White House staffer Lewis "Scooter" Libby alongside reporters from traditional media outlets, a court spokesman said Thursday. [...] Two seats will be controlled by members of the nonpartisan Media Blogging Association, a trade group that provides legal advice and promotes increased access for its 1,000 members. [...] Two more seats will be controlled by writers for several liberal-leaning blogs, including Firedoglake, The Huffington Post and DailyKos, said Firedoglake founder Jane Hamsher.
The best news in this report is that Firedoglake will be covering the trial from the courtroom. In my never-humble opinion, it is the best source of information about the Libby trial and Fitzgerald's investigation.
We can expect good reporting from Jane at FDL, likely much better coverage than any MSM outlet will provide.

While I'm not anticipating any miracles, I do think this might be something of a watershed moment. If it turns out that the bloggers are just plain better than journos, well then who needs 'em anyways?

This could be another step towards, say, a Democratic presidential press conference in which Kos, Atrios, FDL, MyDD, Americablog, and maybe even MR will be present along with the dinosaurs of print and cable.
Well good, perhaps you can summarize the reporting here or point to the juicy bits. I refuse to read FDL -- I dislike the overall tone of the blog immensely. It may be lefty, but it's one big flamefest anyway. Bah.
I have been made aware that Robert Cox of the Media Bloggers Association is planning to arrange a seat at the Libby trial for one of his bloggers - Lance Dutson of


I have been following Mr Dutson's blog for some time, and have come to learn that most of his accusations are brazenly untrue .... untruths about which he has repeatedly been made aware. He has even admitted to knowing that some are inaccurate, but these admissions eventually disappear... and off he goes again, on another rant.

Lance Dutson came out of the gate swinging, and has consistently and pugilistically ignored any invitation to reasonable discourse.

Robert Cox informs me that he has never even read Dutson's blog. I find this, if true, to be an act of extreme negligience.

If you do read Dutson's blog, you will see that the headlines are never corroborated by fact, but rather, link only to more of his own accusations, or even to documents which actually CONTRADICT these accusations.

Apparently, people only read the headlines, and nothing else. And they mindlessly believe them.

He appears to get the most gratification out of making searingly vicious personal attacks on total strangers whom he somehow perceives as enemies. And this list grows longer every day.

If anyone disagrees with him in a comment, he turns his hatred on that commenter, with vicious lies about him.

Or he deletes the comment entirely.

He behaves like a web troll, and nothing else but. I find it unfathomable that anyone would assign a seat at the Libby trial, and its resultant journalistic credibility, to someone without ever having checked his credentials.

Web trolls should be eliminated - not elevated.
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