Danny Glover (National Journal): Beltway Blogroll: The Courtship Of The Blogosphere. The bloggers not only welcomed the lavish treatment and exclusive access bestowed upon them by the Republican National Committee and the Senate Republican Conference; they basked in it without reservation. They dropped names (White House adviser Karl Rove was the favorite), heaped praise on their news subjects and celebrated their chance to imbibe in the trappings of power.
Even for “independent” bloggers, access to power can be a heady experience. It doesn’t typically improve the journalism, as we’ve seen repeatedly.