On Blogging and “Owning an Issue”


A while back, I spoke at an interesting program on the politics and ethics of blogging at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs organized by well known Japan hand Devin Stewart who runs the program and blog titled Policy Innovations.
I have been meaning to post this short video clip for a while but have been short on time. I think it captures quite a bit of my objectives and design in blogging. Much of it has to do with the particular circumstances of the John Bolton US Ambassador to the UN confirmation battle — but I think that there are many replicable aspects of that experience that can be used in other worthwhile political and policy skirmishes.
— Steve Clemons


12 comments on “On Blogging and “Owning an Issue”

  1. Tahoe Editor says:

    The TWN Craptcha Routine:
    1. Click BACK then REFRESH (do NOT click “return to the article”).
    2. Type in new craptcha
    3. Post whining complaint to Steve so he can ignore it
    4. Repeat


  2. Paul Norheim says:

    I guess we`ll still have to wait a while for McCain to chose a
    moniker (BombBombBombIran?) and start commenting here?
    The captcha problems may trigger his bad temper and discourage
    him from this damned online business. On the other hand,
    perhaps TahoeEditor can teach him how to deal with that


  3. Steve Clemons says:

    For the record, a few years ago John McCain told me in front of a gaggle of reporters that he was looking at The Washington Note on occasion because he had seen it more frequently quoted in National Journal’s “Hotline.” 😉
    best, steve clemons


  4. liz says:

    Everytime I hear someone say, ” I hate the bloggers”, and I’ve heard McCain say it a few times not to pick on him because they all say it, I think, geez, do you really hate your fellow Americans and want to deny us our voice?
    Keep up the good work Steve but post more puppy pictures too. It’s time for an updated shot of your ” gang of three”….


  5. PissedOffAmerican says:

    He’s actually close to “learning to get online myself”. Bush must be teaching him all about them there “internet tube” do-hickeys.
    Damn, Ollie, give that man the nuclear football!!!!


  6. Paul Norheim says:

    McCain on blogs (from New York Times yesterday):
    Q: What websites if any do you look at regularly?
    Mr. McCain: Brooke and Mark show me Drudge, obviously,
    everybody watches, for better or for worse, Drudge. Sometimes
    I look at Politico. Sometimes RealPolitics, sometimes.
    (Mrs. McCain and Ms. Buchanan both interject: “Meagan’s blog!”)
    Mr. McCain: Excuse me, Meagan’s blog. And we also look at the
    blogs from Michael and from you that may not be in the
    newspaper, that are just part of your blog.
    Q: But do you go on line for yourself?
    Mr. McCain: They go on for me. I am learning to get online
    myself, and I will have that down fairly soon, getting on myself. I
    don’t expect to be a great communicator, I don’t expect to set
    up my own blog, but I am becoming computer literate to the
    point where I can get the information that I need – including
    going to my daughter’s blog first, before anything else.
    Q: Do you use a blackberry or email?
    Mr. McCain: No
    Mark Salter: He uses a BlackBerry, just ours.
    Mr. McCain: I use the Blackberry, but I don’t e-mail, I’ve never
    felt the particular need to e-mail. I read e-mails all the time,
    but the communications that I have with my friends and staff
    are oral and done with my cell phone. I have the luxury of being
    in contact with them literally all the time. We now have a phone
    on the plane that is usable on the plane, so I just never really
    felt a need to do it. But I do – could I just say, really – I
    understand the impact of blogs on American politics today and
    political campaigns. I understand that. And I understand that
    something appears on one blog, can ricochet all around and get
    into the evening news, the front page of The New York Times.
    So, I do pay attention to the blogs. And I am not in any way
    unappreciative of the impact that they have on entire campaigns
    and world opinion.


  7. Tahoe Editor says:

    Political Blogs and Influence | Just how important are we?


  8. Carroll says:

    “… but I think that there are many replicable aspects of that experience that can be used in other worthwhile political and policy skirmishes.”
    YES!…now you should own the issue of prosecuting the torture guys…give them the Bolton and Wolfowitz treatment.


  9. Kathleen says:

    You defintely OWN the Bolton issue, hands down.


  10. Mr.Murder says:

    About the 28:30 mark of the Valerie Plame/Amb.Wilson she alludes to the author whose book debut you help higlight tommorrow.


  11. lurker says:

    This is great, instructive stuff Steve. You should really consider writing a book on political blogging.


  12. John Robert BEHRMAN says:

    I like the term policy skirmishes.
    That is just about right for the level and limit of internet discourse at its best.


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