Claire Gastanaga is Exactly what Mike Shear was talking about.
I was reading last night and came across this post by Sorenson speaker Claire Gastanaga. The esteemed Sorenson speaker was pretty harsh on Alton Foley and the upcoming bloggers convention that he is working on. Alton has noticed, was offended, and offers up this post. What is very entertaining to me is the first comment on Claires post directs us to this speak piece about Shear's defense of newspapers and wrong information. Shear said newspapers search for the truth while bloggers do not. Be sure to read Claire's reply to that comment when she writes
"That said, I thought that your comments on WaPo were well taken. Do unto others and all that."
Reading R'cats post on Sorenson I found another great comment by Ms. Gastanaga saying
"Great post, R'cat. Sorry that we didn't have a chat. I was only able to be there on Saturday, and I missed most of the fun.... You and I share a common dream. Perhaps if we continue to model respectful behavior others will see its value."~Claire
To bad Ms Gastanaga did not apply the same ethics in her post and replies to Alton and Barnie Day who are working hard on this conference. Her excuse is she did not have information. Google must be beyond her as Alton points the way. She had enough information to make her divisive post, truth be damned. She shot from the hip without researching to find who, what, why......That is Exactly what Shear was talking about.
Update- Alton has this wonderful apology posted! My hat is off to Ms. Gastanaga for correcting this. I hope she jumps on board and helps with her input on Blogs United in Martinsville. Alton has asked every blogger for suggestions. I know for a fact that many politicians from all parties are invited. If this conference has more speakers from the left than the right, or vice versa, it is not because they were not asked to attend. If you want to attend let Alton know. If you want to discuss a topic please tell us. This is a conference for bloggers set up by bloggers-That means YOU! I know Alton and Barnie have planned plenty of free time to table up and discuss what you find interesting. I also know that there are some great speakers already on board! The after hours activities that are being planned are awesome! It will give all of us a great chance to eat, drink, and socialize. I am excited about this and I hope every blogger and reader will be also.