Self-Appointed Bloggers

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.

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  1. yetanotherjohn says:

    Given that few jurnalist are recruited at the point of a gun, couldn’t you describe all journalists as self appointed. Sure they had to be hired, but the put themselves forward for the job, thus appointing themselves. Similarly, I suspect that every blogger who got an interview is “hired” by several thousand readers per day.

  2. Diane C. Russell says:

    Isn’t the WSJ a self-appointed newspaper?

    I couldn’t decide if it was a dig at their competitors or just extra wordage to bulk up the apparent content.

  3. Anderson says:

    God knows, the only thing worse is the horde of self-appointed commenters.