Friday, June 09, 2006

BILL MEETS THE BLOGGERS

I just got a press release saying the governor is traveling to Las Vegas, Nev. to talk to a liberal blogger confab. Richardson, according to his statement, "will address as many as 500 of the nation’s most prominent Internet bloggers today at the YearlyKos Netroots Convention ... "

Right after that, Air America sent an e-mail saying, "Thousands of bloggers and activists have descended upon the Riviera Hotel for what is sure to be an unforgettable weekend of fun and fellowship, punctuated by a first rate lineup of panels and presentations. ... Appearing today (6/9) will be Ambassador Joe Wilson, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Sen. Barbara Boxer.

'Later on this afternoon, you can catch General Wesley Clark and the man/blogger of the hour, Markos Moulitsas, aka Kos of the DailyKos."

They didn't mention our governor.

Early this year, Richardson addressed the blogger menace at the New Mexico Press Association's annual Legislative Breakfast.

I wrote about that on my Legislature blog:

(Richardson) praised political blogger Joe Monahan. “I think we’re lucky that we have one blog that all of you read. Monahan And he’s good. He knows the process.” But, Richardson said blogs are predominantly partisan right-wing efforts full of innuendoes and rumors. He urged members of the press to be “diligent, vigilant and check their sources and not get over-excited in a competitive frenzy to deal with, in many cases, misinformation that is ideological.”

Richardson charged that many bloggers are paid “indirectly” by political organizations. “On both sides,” he said, “But I think the preponderance is on the right.”
I wonder if he'll say the same thing today in Las Vegas.

You can watch the video stream of the conference HERE

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