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The blog show meets Kerry

Conservative David All of TechRepublican and liberal Jerome Armstrong of MyDD have lain down together -- in the lamb/lion sense, that is -- to create a web TV show, DomeNation. And they just bagged John Kerry:
Kerry is now the bloggers' buddy; I know because I get constant email from his people. Kerry says he has "met with bloggers all over the country." Bloggers, he says, operate "without some of the cynicism and prejudice of the mainstream media" and "they have been a terrific truth and accountability squad for real information and it's really changed politics." Asked whether he'll reach out to conservative bloggers, too, Kerry says, "let's have at it." "YouTube is spectacular. I'm a subscriber," he says. He talks about "dialing through it." What a quaint view; how rabbit ears of him. Other amusing moment: his plural of forum is fori. Also fun: Kerry bragging about his motorcycles and sports. "It has changed politics too because you have the instant accountability for what you say and what you do and there's no privacy, in a way. Some may say that's bad but you just gotta know when you're around, when you're in public you're in public. . . . It's good, I think it's good. It creates an openness and accountability." "YouTube is a wonderful medium for getting the truth out there." He says he wishes he had had it to deal with the Swift Boaters. Here's part two with Kerry: the book plug. * No matter Kerry prefers YouTube to old TV. The producers of OutFoxed just put up a compilation of FoxNews' attacks on Kerry in 2004.

Open up the debates

Stanford Law Prof. Lawrence Lessig, a leader in efforts to update and open up copyright laws, has called on the DNC and RNC to require that any network televising the debates make the content freely available for online viewing and, importantly, remixing. It would be downright undemocratic for anyone to put limitations on it as C-SPAN -- even after loosening up its restrictions -- still prevents us from using and remixing the words of our public officials. So I'd push farther than Lessig et al and say it should be a principle for every news organization and party and debate sponsor that the words of the candidates are the property of the people.

Online vs. TV

At the National Association of Broadcasters/Radio Television News Directors Association convention in Vegas, in a panel on which I appeared (along with moderator Chris Matthews, Joe Trippi, NBC News head Steve Capus, conservative blog/radio host Hugh Hewitt, and others) a political media man -- who, unfortunately, didn't give his name -- came to the microphone and made these two surprising pronouncements: * He is radically shifting his campaign spending. Like every campaign, he said, he was in the habit of spending 80 percent of his money on TV. But now he is spending 60 percent of his money online. If he's not alone, that's huge. It could mean that money matters less; the internet is a helluvalot cheaper than TV. And it certainly could hurt the ad revenue of local stations and news networks. * He said the reason he came to the NAB and this session was to learn how to make political commercials that don't look like TV commercials. People don't trust that slickness, he argued. The rougher it is, the realer it is. * At the same session, Trippi said that the Hillary Clinton 1984 commercial was viewed 4 million times on YouTube but probably 50-60 million times with broadcast included. A message that clicks can be made for nothing and seen by the nation. Maybe the revolution won't be television after all.



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