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Friday, January 12, 2007
Score two for blogs
As noted by Daniel Drezner, two coups for the blogosphere today. (Are we stuck with that word forever? I still cringe at it, but how else to put it?) One is that Opinio Juris, a blog of international law and politics, will have as its featured guest blogger next week a sitting member of the Bush administration. Lee Bellinger is the State Department Legal Adviser and the former Senior Adviser to Condoleezza Rice, and will post six times over the course of the week. Reader comments on his posts will be permitted, though they will be moderated (extra carefully, I'm betting). Isn't it interesting, by the way, that a warning about comments here, which the Opinio Juris announcement contains, seems absolutely in order, whereas if Bellinger made an open speech at the 92nd Street Y in New York, we would pretty safely assume shame would prevent any outbursts? The mores of the Internet.
The other coup is that the 100 press seats to the Scooter Libby trial will be allocated not only to traditional media but also to two bloggers. Several bloggers will rotate in, including Rory O'Connor and James Joyner.