Thursday, February 17, 2005

Bloggers get senate recognition

Via Powerline, I see that a revamp of the US Freedom of Information Act is being proposed with bloggers in mind. One of the sponsoring senators said:
The Cornyn-Leahy legislation is not just pro-openness, pro-accountability, and pro-accessibility - it's also pro-Internet. It includes a hotline enabling citizens to track their requests, including Internet tracking, and grants privileged FOIA fees for bloggers and writers for Internet outlets, providing the same status as traditional media.

I particularly liked the idea of Mark Tapscott of the Heritage Foundation, that it was the role of citizens and particularly bloggers to watch over the government, implying that the main stream media has had its day in this area. When government is so huge and the mainstream media so few, he's probably right.