Writing about Amy Schatz’ front page piece in today’s WSJ about Blue Hampshire subtitled, “Self-Appointed Bloggers Get Candidate Face Time;On the Bus With Edwards,” Tech President‘s Josh Levy wonders, “why did Schatz’s editors call them ‘Self-appointed bloggers’? Do they need to be anointed by the Ministry of Blogging and Politics before writing a post?”
While I agree that the phrasing is awkward — most bloggers are, after all “self-appointed,” — it’s quite possible that it was used to distinguish them from official campaign bloggers hired by the candidates or their PR firms. That’s a rather important distinction these days. Of course, it could just be the standard mainstream media annoyance that bloggers can compete for an audience without jumping through the proper hoops.