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Monday, January 09, 2006

Alito Hearing Attracts Live-Bloggers; Blogging of Government Moves Forward

Slowly but surely live-blogging important events in Congress is beginning to become more visible. Today's opening round of hearings on Judge Samuel Alito's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court has benefitted from live-blogging by Captain Ed at Captain's Quarter's Blog, SCOTUS blog, NRO's Bench Memos, Confirm Them and, of course, my man Tim Chapman at Townhall.com's Capitol Report.

Townhall.com is also hosting the Alito Alert, but I can't tell you much about it at the moment because traffic is running so heavy to it that I can't get it to come up. That's probably a good sign.

Other bloggers live-blogging the hearing include: Matt Margolis at Blogs4Bush (who did yeoman's working live-blogging the Roberts hearing) and Flip Pidot at Suitably Flip. There are undoubtedly other Right and Left bloggers live-blogging that I have missed. Feel free to let me know and I'll add you to this list.

Plus, as always, Michelle Malkin is filing updates on every major issue, including the Alito hearing, faster than any human is known to be capable of producing without burning up keypads and/or fingers! Start here, then go here for Michelle.

It is encouraging to see more bloggers turning out to live-blog the Alito hearing, but I have to confess that this process of live-blogging government is taking longer to develop than I have expected in the past.

That said, I still believe - and this is still the basis of my own passion for blogging - that the Blogosphere will do for government what it has already done for the mainstream meda, which is force a new level of transparency, accountability and accuracy.

That's what I've believed since the first post appeared on this blog in November 2004 with the enticing title of: "Can the Blogosphere Do for Government What it Has Already Done for Media?"

One more thing: LaShawn Barber and Stacy Harp were among the bloggers live-blogging Justice Sunday III hosted by the Family Research Council. It wasn't a government event, but it certainly was worth the excellent coverage it received by these first-rate bloggers.

Is the day right around the corner when organizations like FRC, The Heritage Foundation, Cato and other think tank/advocacy groups work as hard or harder to generate interest in their events and publications as they have for years sought with the mainstream media?

The answer should be yes (and I think will be) and the pay-off will be immense for everybody involved because it will open up yet another venue for distributing timely information and analyses on public policy issues.