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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Them's fightin' words

Posted on Thu, May 26, 2005 at 7:16 AM

Did anyone else realize that there are actually two anonymously written and sourced blogs focusing on Vermont politics? I didn't. I've been linking to Politics VT for awhile now, and I just assumed this Con Van Ness character was a real guy. Guess not.

Honestly, I didn't pay that much attention to it because it's kinda dull. Looks pretty conventional, just a collection of articles from various news sources, unlike the similarly named VT Politics, which appears to be a rough-around-the-edges purveyor of gossip.

But apparently there's some actual writing going on at PVT, as "we are insiders and you'd never guess" from VTP pointed out yesterday in the comments from the Frauds? thread below.

They point out that PVT, aware of the anonymity conversation here at 802, posted a pre-emptive thread defending their use of anonymous sources. The "Insiders" at VPT offer their own comments, which I'm reprinting verbatim here despite my overwhelming urge to correct their spelling and grammar:

What is fascinating to me is their pursuit and presentation as a “real” or legitimate news source. Sure, they post a lot of other peoples “real” news. But there own writings are all commentary and doesn’t pass journalist muster. Their double and triple checked sources are certainly no better than the sources that we have or even Frayne or Allen or a dozen others who can pick up the phone and call around.

Oooh, sounds like a catfight! Don't know about you, but I'm sheepishly looking forward to seeing these two duke it out. But guys? What's with the dull, unimaginative names? Jeez. Leave it to the politicians to kill creativity.

UPDATE: Upon further reflection, I have updated my assessment of Politics VT from "dull" to "earnest," which is not necessarily a bad thing in politics.

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