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Friday, March 11, 2005

More Politics Online Conference Live Notes 

FEC Chairman Scott Thomas spoke at lunch today to a less than totally hospitable audience to attempt to calm the waters on internet regulation. Instead, the effect was to indicate that outside of Congressional intervention, there may well be reason to be concerned that bloggers will not be accorded media status, exempting them from McCain-Feingold. One bright moment was hearing that McCain himself has recently made noises to the effect that he’d support legislation that would exempt blogs.

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Filmmaker/conservative politico Evan Thomas talked about the value of internet video in local campaigns. “Video on the net can introduce people directly to a local candidate when the paid media (i.e. TV news) may not want to cover the race.” Thomas cited an NYC New York State Senate candidate he worked for who was helped by video in a huge media market that was covering bigger races.

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Just an observation here at the Conference— I’ve seen maybe one person of color here who wasn’t waiting on tables. Guess we’re not making too much progress on bridging the e-divide… EDITOR"S UPDATE: OK, as soon as I wrote this, I began noticing more diversity. Still, I'd say white males are WAY over-represented here...

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Michael Silberman, formerly with the Dean campaign's internet effort, talked about the campaign's great internet work being somewhat disconnected with the on-the-ground strategy, or vice-versa. Successes and failures happening simultaneously...

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Meanwhile, Joe Trippi's hawking a book, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." Hey, I bought one...what the hell, We'll get back to you on it. EDITORS UPDATE: First chapter is great. Too tired to keep reading tho...

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