'Painted with the Blogger Brush'

J$P Instant Transcript! Brian Wilson talks about blogs with The Wonkette.

From Weekend Live, August 13 2005:

BRIAN WILSON [FOX NEWS]: The blogosphere is an emerging form of entertainment and a valuable news source in some cases. I mean, even I have a blog, did you know that? It's called The Wilson Watch; you can find it at the list of all the blogs at the bottom of foxnews.com's home page. But enough about me. The big question is, how much government access should these bloggers be given? The State Department has decided that bloggers don't belong in its briefings. Is this fair? Here to discuss it, one of our favorite Washington bloggers, The Wonkette, Ana Marie Cox. She joins us here in Washington, live. How are you?

ANA MARIE COX: Hi, I'm fine, how are you?

WILSON: So the State Department says no bloggers, but didn't the White House say that some bloggers would be allowed?

COX: The White House, well the White House and the State Department have different systems. The White House has a day pass system where basically anyone can get in, and almost anyone has. The State Department, I suspect, actually reads blogs and therefore maybe knows a little more not to let them in. And also, at the State Department those briefings actually carry real news and real information's exchanged. And that might actually frighten some bloggers.

WILSON: As opposed to the White House where no real news or information comes out?

COX: Well, you've seen enough White House briefings to know the answer to that yourself. The White House briefing is pretty much a stage show, and I think so it doesn't matter who gets to go to that.

WILSON: The blogs, though, I mean, I have a love-hate relationship with the blogs. Because I read them, I find them interesting, but I also know that some of them are very irresponsible.

COX: Right. You love me, and you hate others, right?

WILSON: Yes, I was going to say that, yeah.

COX: OK. Well, I think that, I was going to tell you when you announced that you had a blog, you should be careful, because people will stop believing what you have to say.

WILSON: [laughter] That happened a long time ago.

COX: I think that there's an assumption by a lot of people that bloggers, I mean--a blogger can be almost anyone. And people, I think, get painted with the sort of blogger brush, as it were. When actually what matters is what the individual brings to it. I think that it's much like regular journalism, which is there are some sources you trust, and some sources you don't. But you'd never say, like, I don't trust newspapers.

WILSON: You know, I read your blog now and then. And you're trouble. You really are trouble.

COX: [laughs] Specifically regarding?

WILSON: Well I mean you just like to go out there and stir the pot, see what kind of trouble you can dig up every day.

COX: I do. I feel like I'm not doing a good job unless I'm getting hate mail from both left and right. And I've actually succeeded in that really well this week. I wrote a post about Cindy Sheehan, noting that grief can push you in either direction. And maybe the left should stop pretending that this is a moral authority that the right doesn't have. So the left hated me for that. And then let's see, the right, oh, well--

WILSON: You've been picking on Jenna Bush.

COX: I have been picking on Jenna Bush a bit.

WILSON: They don't like that at all.

COX: Yeah, I know. Although it's all out of love. I mean, I would love to party with Jenna. I think she's probably a good time girl, and I discovered we have the same taste in music.

WILSON: Well there you go.

COX: She was at the 9:30 Club last weekend.

WILSON: Good deal. Listen, it's good to have you here, Ana Marie. You're welcome here anytime to talk about blogs. Thank you for joining us.

COX: Thank you.

posted: Sat - August 13, 2005 at 01:26 PM       j$p  send 
Just amazes me how FNC always seems to bring the ME factor into every story. At FNC the focus isn't about the NEWS it becomes how they can include itself into the picture.
August 13, 2005, 3:25:55 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Yeah, viewers must hate that, given the cable news ratings. Not.
August 13, 2005, 4:01:08 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Jack Mehoff
Well FNC shouldn't even be put in the category of CABLE NEWS. Maybe they should make another category, Talk Radio on TV. That sounds better.
August 13, 2005, 4:49:12 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
You mean like Hardball, Larry King, Scarborough, Rita Cosby, Dan Abrams,y Tucker Carlson, Crossfire, Nancy Grace, The Situation Room, Lou Dobbs?
August 13, 2005, 5:22:15 PM EDT – Like – Reply

And isn't it wonderful that we live in a country where everyone has so many choices of which channel to watch? Seriously, if you DO watch FNC and it bothers you so much, CHANGE THE CHANNEL!! That's what I do whenever I see something on TV that I don't care to watch. Even if it's on FNC!
Sheesh sometimes these haters act like they are being FORCED to watch FNC. *Rolls Eyes*
August 13, 2005, 5:43:19 PM EDT – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Remember, OverHere, that you can't assume the haters actually watch FNC. Does anything in Jack's message suggest to you that he watches FNC? Or does it sound more like repeating one of the haters' favorite mantras?
August 13, 2005, 6:02:35 PM EDT – Like – Reply

According to the hounds, the "Yellow Dog" blog is a better source than anybody - including AP!
August 13, 2005, 6:13:25 PM EDT – Like – Reply

You're right Johnny, it definitely sounds like he's just repeating the standard hater rhetoric. They certainly do have their talking points down, don't they?!
August 13, 2005, 7:00:57 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Overhere: As we have proven on Johnny's website, many, perhaps most of these people such as JJ and Jack above, are foreigners who's only context of American television is what they read on left-wing blogs and web sites.  
Don't get mad, just ignore!
August 14, 2005, 9:33:08 PM EDT – Like – Reply

Ira, their ringleader must be Canadian Paul. The one who repeatedly admits he doesn't get FNC but yet he still knows all about what goes on every day on the channel.
And, of course, they know better than we Americans how our country should be run.
August 15, 2005, 9:46:42 PM EDT – Like – Reply