In last week’s Lee County Ledger, Mike Sabot was once again misleading – at best. You see, he said that there was “no media” at the Tift Area Tea Party Patriots’ Republican Governor Candidate Round Robin. Mike knows better, as I know he saw me there.
I operate SWGAPolitics.com, the area’s premier political blog, and I had my video camera with me. I recorded roughly an hour and 40 minutes of the two hour long event before my battery died, and I stayed for the whole event. I have the original, completely unedited, footage still available for anyone who would like to see it, and I edited a copy of it to cut it up into youtube-sized chunks, which are now available on http://www.youtube.com/swgapolitics. I’ve also been posting the individual clips one by one each day since the event, along with my commentary on those clips.
Tell me, Mike, who else among the local media would put up all that I already have?
Who else would be offering commentary on an event more than a week after it happened? These are among the strengths of SWGAPolitics.com over the more “traditional” media, and I invite people to check us out. We offer better, more accurate political news than some local “traditional” media outlets, and we offer a larger quantity of political news of local, state, and national interest than ANY local “traditional” media outlets.
Now, I will allow that the topic of whether blogs are “real” media is a valid one. I try to run SWGAPolitics.com as what I call a “civilian news agency”. In other words, I hold myself to many of the same standards “traditional” media holds itself to. I simply don’t hide my bias, instead embracing it – but I make sure that the “reporting” is factually correct to the best of my knowledge. I also allow anyone to say pretty much anything they want to, within certain parameters such as no personal attacks and very little foul language. We’ve had commenters who have vehemently disagreed with some things that I’ve written, and honestly that is cool with me. We are after open, honest discussion on the issues, and we fully support the right of free speech.
Thank you for your time, and I hope you’ll check us out on SWGAPolitics.com.