Paul O'Connor wrote Sunday in the Winston-Salem Journal about how "Politicians work hard to control the message", in an article about
...moves made by state officials to reduce press access and manipulate coverage.
When you click in the Printer-Friendly version of his story you get this message at the footer:
This story can be found at: http://www.carolinajournal.com/
The same story is linked from the front page of the Carolina Journal website.
I like Paul O'Connor but he is an elder statesman of the same Capital Press Corps that refused to credential Kirk Ross because he cross-posted at BlueNC. His story is clearly cross-posted to the John Locke Foundation's Carolina Journal. Paul writes:
We’re supposed to act like appreciative pigeons
Welcome to the club Paul. Don't you think it's time we worked something out so we can collectively shine light in those dark corners? We don't want your job. You do it so much better than we can. You say that:
The trend is to reduce access and limit questions
No argument there but while lamenting the lack of access granted by public officials to journalists, please consider opening up Press Corps access to other journalists who, like yourself, happen to cross-post at other venues.
I know Kirk is probably out there cringing as I he reads. This is not about Kirk per se but it is about the symbiotic relationship between blogs and mainstream media that is a reality. A little more respect in both directions might help pry open the doors of some of those tiny offices where press conferences are held in camera without cameras.