Thursday, March 26, 2009

Blogger Conference Call

I have posted this on my own blog and am re-posting it here so that I can glean the opinions of a wider audience (should those who follow this blog choose to share their opinions).
On March 16th, I received an e-mail from the House Republican Conference. It said that they are reaching out to blogs who do not currently receive their Congressional updates and videos.
They also extend invitations to exclusive blogger conference calls with House members on hot topics being discussed in Washington. I participated in my first such conference call with Reps. King, McCotter and McMorris Rodgers on the 25th.
Some of the topics addressed were the strategy of the current administration, the debt, increases in spending, entitlement spending, AIG, and etc.
To hear the call click here. This call lasted about 30 minutes. Mr. McCotter's remarks starting at 27 minutes, 45 seconds are refreshing.
"Our truths are self-evident, not relative"

I'm not quite sure why I was invited to participate in these calls as I am not a republican, but rather a conservative.
Let me know what you think. Is this sort of conference call valuable?
If so, and I decide to continue to participate and post on them, Would you prefer that I write a transcript of the call, post a link to the call itself, as I've done here, or just excerpt bits that I find relevant?


Call Me Mom said...

It appears this opportunity has ended. Last week I received an e-mail from the House Republican Conference that contained the note
"*As usual...if you blog about this, please do not cite the Conference or me as your source."Not having seen this note in any of our previous correspondence, I questioned the necessity for such a precaution. The information provided on their site was freely available to the public anywhere and it is customary to give a hat tip(H/T) to the site or person providing one's information. This is so that one's readers may fact check what you have reported as well as to give the originating site more exposure.

There ensued a short discussion where I refused to abide by that requirement because it would make me seem to be acting as a covert arm of the House Republican Conference, when that is not, in fact the case.
My reasoning is that, if there is nothing wrong with what they are doing, there is no reason not to credit them as the source of my information.

Apparently they disagree and I have not heard from them since. The one call I participated in was interesting, but not enough so that I would put myself into that sort of conflict of interest to continue participating in them.

Big M blog said...

Thanks for the comment and point out my mistake.

Call Me Mom said...

You are welcome. I'm never sure if people are doing things like that to be humorous or not, but I thought I would let you know just in case. ;)

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