Atrios carefully lowers expectations of convention bloggers

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At Eschaton, pseudonymous blogger Atrios* questions whether there’s anything newsworthy about bloggers credentialed to cover the convention and whether it’s likely that bloggers will unearth any news:

I mean, if you’d prefer hear me announce the basketball game instead of Bob Costas, then you might enjoy it, but I’m not sure what other kind of value added there is.
So, anyway, hopefully it’ll be fun for me but I don’t know quite how to make it fun for you. I have some ideas, but I won’t really know how well they’ll play out until I get there.

I myself have wondered about this. Will I justify my presence in the Fleet Center? Will I add any value to readers’ experience of the convention or the election race? We’ll see.
Atrios does note that the whole bloggers- are- they- journalists- or- not newshook misses the potentially more interesting point that we the bloggers will be watching the rest of the media do its work up close and personal.

* Someone at BlogOn yesterday asked me if I am secretly Atrios. I’m not but I was flattered that anyone might think so.