Monday, March 07, 2005

I see I'm not the only one getting credentials

After his long, arduous journey, Garrett Graff is now a White House press reporter. The thing about that is that he is "editor" of FishbowlDC, a blog. Graff is the first blogger to be given a daily pass to attend the gaggle, marking a huge leap toward permanent credibility for blogging. It's going to be kind of hard to argue bloggers aren't journalists or that they don't deserve the same legal protections as other press when they are doing the exact same job of covering the White House. Raw Story has an interview with Graff about his impending admittance. And he couldn't resist, Jeff Gannon/James Guckert has to toss in his two cents. Editor & Publisher has this:

Gannon fails to mention that, whatever his political background, Graff is not currently employed by a partisan political organization (as Gannon was during his two-year stint at the White House), nor does Gannon differentiate "sexual history" from "selling sex."
That gets right to the heart of the matter of why Graff is OK but Gannon was not. Graff is an actual journalist, he spent time learning things like "don't plagiarize" and whatnot. Also, as the article points out, Graff is not currently working for a party or campaign, Guckert was working for GOPUSA. Bottom line, Graff is a good addition to the press corps, Gannon is a waste of space and air.


At 9:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Garrett Graff was hired as then Governor Dean's webmaster and then was Dean's deputy national press secretary during his failed 2004 presidential bid.

His father, Christopher Graff, is the Vermont correspondent for Associated Press and covered Gov. Dean, later Presidential candidate Dean.

No appearance of impropriety there, right? Was Graff the son hired by Dean to buy good press from Graff the father, regardless of whether he supplied it or not?

Not defending Gannon here but am trying to get you to think like a journalist, re: Graffs.


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