Bloggers Bust ABC News Over Planned Inauguration/Military Funeral Story

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Cybercast News Service reports that on Wednesday bloggers were quick to pick up on a message posted on the ABC News website …

… soliciting information about any military funerals that might be taking place on the same day President Bush was being sworn in to a second term.

The ABCNews.com request seeked to find families who were burying military serviceman from Iraq on Thursday, Jan. 20 and would be willing to talk. One blogger, anticipating that the ABC News message would be taken down, saved the page.

During my talk today at the AMA blog seminar an attendee asked me if I thought bloggers are journalists. I described them as a separate entity – citizen journalists – who co-exist with the media in symbiosis, much like the Tick bird and the Rhino.

This is the perfect example. ABC News put up a post on their site for a brief time but the bloggers were watching. The bloggers are always watching.

Steve Rubel is a PR strategist with nearly 16 years of public relations, marketing, journalism and communications experience. He currently serves as a Senior Vice President with Edelman, the largest independent global PR firm.

He authors the Micro Persuasion weblog, which tracks how blogs and participatory journalism are changing the public relations practice.

Bloggers Bust ABC News Over Planned Inauguration/Military Funeral Story
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