OTB Mentions: MSNBC and The Hotline

For the second straight day, a post I’ve made has caught the attention of non-blog media. Jeff Jarvis mentioned my post on Bill Frist’s alignment with televangelists on MSNBC’s “Connected: Coast to Coast.” Ian Schwartz, The Political Teen has the video.

National Journal‘s insider roundup, The Hotline (subscription only) also quoted my comments on the piece. Thanks to Jim Burton at Public Opinion Strategies for bringing it to my attention again (it’s a superb source but priced for corporations rather than individuals).

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  1. Ian says:

    I think I did too – When I checked my referrers a bit ago I had a couple of hits from there. Too bad it’s $20 for a day pass :-/

  2. bryan says:

    For the second straight day, a post I’ve made has caught the attention of non-blog media.

    Technically, since it was mentioned by Jeff Jarvis, it doesn’t qualify as “non-blog media.”

  3. James Joyner says:

    Well, it’s always a blogger giving the roundup in that segment. But TV isn’t a blog. 😉

  4. Jeff says:

    How was the traffic impact of MSNBC compared to CNN?

    I imagine Hotline was a good spike. A previous website I was involved in got mentioned in Hotline, HotlineScoop (which was the free website version back then) and National Journal within a week. It was a huge traffic spike.

  5. bryan says:

    Well, technically, your post caught the attention of a blogger who has a non-blog media outlet. If your blog had been mentioned by, say, Tim Russert on meet the press (or face the nation or whatever the name of that show is), then *that* would be “non-blog media” 😉

  6. Ian says:

    Being mentioned on CNN brings you more traffic.

    But I think James meant being mentioned on somewhere not in the blogosphere.

  7. James Joyner says:

    James: Virtually nothing from the Hotline either day in terms of traffic. Most people apparently read the printed version rather than the hyperlinked one.

    Ian and Bryan: Right. It’s hard to determine the traffic impact of the TV mentions, of which there’ve now been quite a few with CNN and MSNBC doing regular blogosphere roundup segments. None that I’ve noticed, really.

  8. bryan says:

    Either way, it’s clear that blogs are catching non-blog media attention in a big way these days. I think there’s a disruption in the distribution chain of news, and the CNN’s and MSNBC’s of the world are trying to bring that disruption back under control.

  9. Jeff says:

    I saw little or no measurable effect being mentioned on CNN.