The reviews are in...
So a bunch of liberal [but not 2L4O] blogger types (Atrios, Yglesias, Aravosis, Oliver Willis, Thom Hartmann, Chris Hayes, Jonathan Singer etc.) met with Jared Bernstein (Biden’s chief economic adviser) at the White House the other day, and I have to say, with the exception of AmericaBlog’s John Aravosis, they sure do sound like a bunch of well-behaved student council members called to the principal’s office.
Being liberals, I suppose they went into “thoughtful listening” mode (apparently Bernstein berated them for not being more supportive of the stimulus bill! and blamed bloggers for not doing a better sales job to the public.
Well, after the 2008 primaries -- and, I grant, some nuances in degrees of culpability, here -- can you blame Bernstein for thinking the blogosphere is an extension of the White House PR operation? I mean, why would he think anything else?
From the various accounts I’ve read, sounds like most of them went into defensive mode, listing examples of what they’d written to support the stimulus instead of pushing back on the silliness of handing bloggers responsiblity for White House communication failures.
Pathetic. I'd like to hear from those who weren't part of the "most of them" group think. Who stood up? Beuller? Beuller? Beuller?
NOTE We're waiting for our invitation! The Chinese buses, I understand, go all the way down to DC, so we can afford to travel! Of course, lambert's an asshole, everybody knows that, but maybe these clowns need to hear from an asshole, instead of from.... grad students. For the good of the country!