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Friday, September 16, 2005

Matt Margolis Assesses Live-Blogging of Judge Roberts' Confirmation Hearing

Matt Margolis of Blogs for Bush blogged the entire John Roberts confirmation hearing and for that alone he probably deserves some kind of metal. Congressional hearings are always stage-managed to make the attending Members of Congress look good, while dealing with the most arcane topics. So most hearings tend to be only a little less boring than watching paint dry.

But the Roberts hearing had some drama and at least a few moments here and there in which interesting things were being said about vitally important topics, usually by the nominee. Even so, Margolis did yeoman duty in sticking it out to the end. I asked him to give some thought to the experience when it was over and today he did so.

Among Matt's several insights is this:

"One of the reasons I wanted to live blog the hearings, was to be able to post my thoughts on things before the media and pundits had the chance to weigh in and influence my perspective. So, I got to report on what I thought was important, and at any opportunity I had, I could give my opinion on it."

That's the point of live-blogging a government proceeding. Putting citizens in position to know directly what is happening and being enabled thereby to assess and respond in or near real-time.

Thus, the next great challenge for the Blogosphere is in figuring out how to do to government what we've already done to the mainstream media - moving the gatekeepers (politicians, bureaucrats, media, lobbyists, etc.) aside so the public can see what is being done in their name.

Thanks, Matt, you did a great job under less than ideal circumstances and it is appreciated in this corner. Go here for his full post. And send him a thank-you email.