We've been following the scandal over the National Press Club's panel on blogging and journalism. Vital issues are being raised: Who is a blogger? Who is a liberal? Who gets paid to take it up the ass? Some are mau-mauing the NPC to put GannonGuckert specialist/obsessive John Avarosis on the panel; some have suggested that the "liberal" blogosphere be represented by one of the vast range of other commentators available, perhaps Atrios or Josh Marshall (that's someone who's either a lawyer or an academic, people. Talk about diversity!) In any case, there is a more obvious solution. Have another panel.
Now that anyone with an open conference room can have a panel, the days when you could tell who deserved to be on a panel by looking for a water carafe and a placard are long gone. Wonkette Whore Club will convene a session to discuss the vital issue of who should be on panels and who should write hysterical letters to panel organizers demanding to be on the panel. Panelists and non-panelists will debate the difference between them. Invited to participate are:We've heard rumblings that we should invite someone from the National Press Club. Ha! That would be like inviting a defendant to participate on his own jury. Or at his own trial. Something. It's just wrong.
-- The Agonist (expert in who "owns" what story)
-- Steve Gilliard (expert in who is a good enough liberal)
-- Andrew Sullivan (panel whore)
-- Someone from Powerline (just following orders)
-- Me! (because it's my panel)
-- Terri Schiavo (news maker)
-- Jeff Gannon (ass-fucker)
CNN's Abbi Tatton will moderate, mostly by drawing yellow lines on panelists' foreheads.