Roland Burris to be seated

The big news today is that Roland Burris, the man appointed to fill Barack Obama’s Senate seat by semi-disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich, may be seated by Senate Democrats after his initial rejection yesterday. They initially did not want to seat Burris to avoid any potential trouble in accepting the choice of a man accused of selling that very seat.

The reaction online has actually been somewhat muted. The Drudge Report had the story as its lead item for most of the day, under the headline “BLAGO WINS: Senate Dems ‘plan to accept ‘ Roland Burris for Obama’s vacancy.’ The headline uses a bit of loaded language. By saying that “Blago wins” Drudge implies that there was a battle between an apparently corrupt governor and Senate Democrats. And the Senate Democrats lost. Drudge, whose site is a destination for mostly conservatives, certainly benefits by getting that shot in. Aside from this loaded language, he links to this story, a wire report from Chicago’s CBS affliliate’s Web site.

Also on the right, Michelle Malkin is relatively quiet, posting a single-line entry with a link to a wire story on Conservative-leaning news aggregator Breitbart.’s Ed Morrissey links to a wire story and offers some opinions on the situation.

Left-leaning blog The Huffington Post links to essentially the same wire story. The site also includes some video from MSNBC, in addition to some original reporting by Sam Stein saying that Obama is putting some of his weight behind Burris to get him seated.

Additionally, blogger Jane Hamsher (who also founded and blogs for left-leaning has an entry on the subject. He entry links back to several other places, including her own site and more traditional news sources like Politico, Reuters and The New York Times. Of interest to this blog, she also linked to two other blogs who often offer reporting as well as insight: Politico’s Glenn Thrush (whose original reporting is linked to) and’s Chriss Cillizza (who offers both analysis and original reporting in his link).

One thing that she be taken from today is how on this story, sites like Drudge, Malkin, Huffington Post did not offer as much reporting as they linked to the reporting of others and offered their own insights (and gave commenters a place to discuss their own opinions as well). This is not to say that there is anything wrong with that, but if we are looking to analyze the role of blogs in modern journalism, it must be said. Meanwhile, blogs at and Politico, to companies who use original reporting as a large part of their business model, are also referenced as sources for these other blogs’ opinions. It will be interesting to see if this is a theme throughout the semester.


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