Bloggers of all persuasions were excited when the Democratic National Committee announced that some of us would receive press credentials to cover the convention in Denver. Many in the MSM like to refer to us as “citizen” journalists, forgetting (or perhaps ignoring) the fact that plenty of us also are professional writers and journalists. The only difference for us is that, as freelancers, we’ve had to pay their own way to the convention and weren’t getting there on someone else’s tab.
Trust me, as someone who has covered a convention in my past life, there are plenty of things to be reported on by as many reporters who can make their ways there. So why ration the credentials?
Bloggers bring new perspectives and fresh angles on the same old spin. But many are also motivated by wanting to be part of the process. While that might be a precarious line to walk at times, more voices to talk about the issues and raise questions can’t be a bad thing, can it?
So here’s my wish for 2012 — don’t ration the press credentials! For those of us who revel in the political wonkiness if these events, let us be there to immerse ourselves in the process, as well as the event with the access and clout that is bestowed by the big, fancy credential you get to hang around your neck!
The only “downside” I see to inviting a few extra bloggers to the political table is more people finding new ways to become involved in the process of making our country just a little bit better for our kids and their kids.
Yeah, I’m just a little crazy like that.