Libby Trial Blogging

OTB’s stint live-blogging the Scooter Libby trial has ended. The reins have been passed to Wizbang‘s Kevin Aylward and Rory O’Connor of Media is a Plural. You can follow their coverage and all the other MBA bloggers here.

It was a worthwhile experience but confirmed my suspicions that a reporter’s job is often quite tedious. Sitting there after after hour, day after day, hoping that someone says something interesting would get old, fast.

People like Matt Apuzzo and Mike Sniffen of the AP and Amy Goldstein and Carol Leonnig at WaPo manage to do a pretty faithful job of transcribing events while simultaneously cranking out several pieces a day. The bloggers covering the trial were doing much the same but at least had the luxury of being able to give our opinions as things transpired.

At the same time, the rush to find “news” when there is little to be had sometimes leads reporters astray, as MSNBC’s David Schuster demonstrated with his “scoop” on destroyed evidence. More frequently, sloppy writing or editing puts events out of sequence and gives false impressions.

From time to time, when the opportunity presents itself, I’ll likely cover other events that interest me again. On a daily basis, though, I prefer analysis and opinion journalism to straight reporting.

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  1. Nan says:

    Thanks for your efforts!

  2. paul lukasiak says:

    You did a pretty good job — not as detailed as Marcy over at FDL, but a lot more consistently coherent.

    Unfortunately, I’m not quite sure why MBA is sending the next two bloggers — the “liberal” (O’Connor) thinks that the “trial centers on charges that Libby—acting as an anonymous top level White House source—leaked CIA agent Valerie Plame’s hidden identity” (it doesn’t — its about perjury and obstruction of justice) the other is a right winger who doesn’t seem to know much about the case either.

  3. Wendy Hoke says:

    You did a nice job, James. Especially appreciated the quick hits during the day. Thanks for taking the time to be there.

  4. JJ says:

    Look forward to your analysis in the coming weeks.