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The media begin to notice the NDP Bloggers discontent.

Remember that article I posted about several NDP bloggers grumbling about Brad Lavigne ignoring blogs and of the NDP communications strategy in general? Well, it has generated enough buzz that the NDP hierarchy sent out emails to NDP bloggers trying to re-assure them, and now the story has been noticed and talked about in Macleans.

I’m not blogging this to gloat – I’m blogging this to congratulate the NDP bloggers of making enough of an impact to get nationally noticed – both at NDP National HQ and in at least 1 mainstream media outfit. It shows that bloggers are increasingly getting read and watched and WILL play an increased role in Canadian politics.

4 comments to The media begin to notice the NDP Bloggers discontent.

  • A.L. said:
    [quote comment=”203″]Why would the NDP want anything to do with the likes of Robert McClelland et al – a viscious anti-semite. Unfortunately his type is all too common in among the Blogging Dippers.[/quote]

    Robert is controversial, no doubt. But I’m not as ready as some to charge him with being anti-semitic for his infamous 2004 posting. I think he used poor judgment in trying to illustrate the example the way he did to make the point he did, but I think a lot of people were quick to throw that tag on him, and I’m not so sure as some that it was correct to do so. (I can tell you that was the unanimous judgment of the situation by Wayne and the moderators at Prog blog when that occurred).

    Also, If you’re going to paint the Blogging Dippers as a group where anti-semites are “common”, I’d suggest you better have specific examples of that when you choose to come on here and smear an entire blogging group like that.

  • A.L.

    Why would the NDP want anything to do with the likes of Robert McClelland et al – a viscious anti-semite. Unfortunately his type is all too common in among the Blogging Dippers.

  • Hi Scott,

    Just wanted to clear a couple of things up for your readers. First off, there was a misunderstanding about some of the communications personnel in federal office in Northern BC Dipper’s original post. Brad Levigne is the communications guy for the federal Caucus, and doesn’t oversee the NDP website. Joanne Deer is the CD for the federal party.

    At any rate, I think that this really shows the power that bloggers now weild in Canadian politics. We are able to call our party, our government, and our representatives to account when we feel they aren’t doing the job that they should be.

    Even more importantly, federal office has taken notice and is taking what we’ve said very seriously. I’ve started up a blog entry to collect some feedback that I’m going to compile into a nice little report for the federal office people. I’ve already received some positive feedback from the party and they are looking forward to hearing what we have to say.

  • Ed King

    Congratulations! Now that it has made it to print, Mr. Lavigne will no doubt be made aware of these concerns. :em20:

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