Members of the Beltway press are big on sneering at "the blogs." Amateurs, they say. We tell the people what's important, they say.
But then we see this:
White House adviser Karl Rove boogied, backed by NBC's David Gregory, Brian Wiliams burped the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and the President cracked wise, all to the general delight, and occasional gales of laughter, of journalists gathered for the Radio & Television Correspondents Association dinner in Washington.
Rove was a better sport than a dancer, tapped by the surprise entertainment--Whose Line is It Anyway's Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood--for an improv rap number featuring "MC Rove," with Gregory as one of his backup dancers, and based on information supplied by Rove that, among other things, he collected stamps and liked to "tear the tops" off of small animals.
Rove got into the spirit of the bit, though when President Bush was asked to supply a rap nickname for Rove, his response was "Your Fired!" Sherwood then suggested Rove had offered his resume to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, one of a host of legislators in attendance at the annual dinner at the Washington Hilton.
...and wonder why they wonder why we bloggers turn a jaundiced eye towards their coverage of Washington. How many stories got press attention only because bloggers pushed it? Would we even be talking about the Justice Department fiasco if a blogger had not raked for coals?
Keep belching, Mr. Williams. Very dignified behavior for our "professional" fourth estate.