January 12, 2007

Go, Eddie! Blogger Support Amendment

THANK YOU, REP. EDDIE RODRIGUEZ!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday January 12, 2007 For More Information: Tashara Mitchell (512) 463-0674

Representative Eddie Rodriguez to propose amendment to support Bloggers

AUSTIN-- Representative Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) will propose an amendment to the house rules today that will give established Bloggers access to the House floor.

"With the rise of citizen journalism, it no longer makes sense to limit access to House business solely to the traditional press outlets," said Representative Rodriguez.

Political blogs are some of the limited media that focus solely on reporting the happenings at the Capital and many of these Bloggers regularly break stories that show up in the traditional media.

Bloggers, as defined by this revised rule, produce original reporting and informed comment worthy of credentials. This amendment will allow increasingly popular non-traditional media, the privileges necessary to more effectively inform citizens on governmental issues.

"This kind of measure would encourage citizen participation in government and help demystify the system for the general public," said Rodriguez.

This is really cool! While we know we don't individually have the readership of the DMN or HouChron (the AAS is another story), bloggers combined (especially those in the TPA) have a lot of eyeballs focused on them. It's great to see Democrats leading the way in acknowledging that and leveling the playing field between bloggers and dead wood media.

Now, will enough Republicans stand with Democrats and do the right thing?

Posted by mcblogger at January 12, 2007 01:38 PM

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