[imc-tc-network] David Carr Event Monday - Voting with a Mouse: How Bloggers Have Altered the Political Landscape
Becca Vargo Daggett
becca at ilsr.org
Fri Oct 27 10:08:50 PDT 2006
*Voting with a Mouse: How Bloggers Have Altered the Political
Landscape* David Carr, Reporter, New York Times
Moderated by Eric Black, Star Tribune Reporter and Author of The Big
October 30, Noon -- 1:30 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center
301 19^th Ave S., Minneapolis
Campaigns and elections are being digitally remastered. Bloggers and
the internet may be producing a revolution in information and public
debate that is as radical as the changes introduced by radio and
television. David Carr, _New York Times_ columnist and longtime
journalist and editor, will lead a discussion on blogs and American
elections. Eric Black, reporter and author of The Big Question blog
for the Star Tribune, will moderate. Commentary will be offered by
Joe Bodell who runs the blog MN Campaign Report-
www.mncampaignreport.com and by Michael Brodkorb who operates the
MN Democrats Exposed -- www.minnesotademocratsexposed.com. The
discussion promises to be lively and informative.
*DAVID CARR* began working at the Times in 2002. Prior to arriving
the Times, Carr was a contributing writer for The Atlantic Monthly
New York Magazine, writing articles that ranged from homeland
issues to the movie industry. He also served as editor of the
Washington City Paper for five years and the Minneapolis-based Twin
Cities Reader from 1993 to 1995.
The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance sponsors a wide
range of conferences, public events, and analyses. More information
about the Center can be found at
This event is free and open to the public. No registration
Directions and parking information:
And a little note about Brodkorb, from City Pages.
Senate candidate Kennedy paying blogger Brodkorb $4583 per month as
Perhaps the most interesting item in this Minnesota Monitor profile
of Minnesotademocratsexposed.com blogger Michael Brodkorb is
Brodkorb's admission that he is paid $4583 per month--which works out
to four bucks less than $55,000 per year--to be a part-time press
consultant for U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kennedy's campaign.
Brodkorb frequently cites his role in Kennedy's campaign when posting
items about the U.S. Senate race that polls show Kennedy is losing by
a wide margin to DFL challenger Amy Klobuchar. And while the MDE blog
is appropriately regarded as place where no attack seems too petty or
vile when it comes to belittling Minnesota Democrats, Brodkorb should
also be credited with providing a forum for some of the most
spirited, and occasionally enlightening, political debates regarding
state political issues and candidates. DFL empathizers frequently
weigh in to defend their side.
But Minnesota Monitor raises some good points about how difficult it
is for a paid consultant to keep his work completely separate from
his partisan blog. And another DFL-leaning blog, Mn Publius, recently
published a report from the campaign of Michelle Bachmann showing
that Brodkorb was paid $5500 for work on her campaign. Brodkorb
didn't acknowledge this conflict when posting an item on MDE about
Bachmann's race with DFL challenger Patty Wetterling for the U.S.
House seat Kennedy is vacating to run for the Senate.
Posted by Britt Robson at September 27, 2006 12:22 PM
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