Tuesday, June 28, 2005

AP: You're a blogger only if you're OUR kind of blogger

Well, at least it was a promising headline. On FoxNew.com this morning, I saw a link to a story "Bloggers vs. Govt. Regulation" and thought I'd go have a read. The crux of the story is nothing most bloggers and their readers don't already know: that bloggers oppose regulation of their speech by the FEC and that they don't trust the FEC - and by extension, the bulk of government - to keep that in mind. For that part of the story, it's fine.

But they interviewed just 2 bloggers on the matter and their choices, I find, are very telling. The first was Markos "Screw 'em" Zuniga of the Daily Kos and the other Duncan Black a.k.a. Atrios. And that's it. Two of the most liberal and left-wing of the blogosphere and they are all the AP found time to include on a story that has been carried widely across the entire blogosphere. Where's Hugh Hewitt, a radio show personality with a daily audience of thousands? The guys from Power Line, named "Blog of the Year" by Time Magazine in 2004? Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs who was so instrumental in the CBS "Memogate" fiasco? (Well, maybe that's why Charles didn't get interviewed.) Ed Morrisey of Captain's Quarters, or Michelle Malkin, or Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit? The petition that was signed by literally hundreds of bloggers had all of the names above listed as signatories. The AP decided to interview for this story and only interviewed the Left side of the 'sphere.

And they wonder why people think they're biased.