The grit establishment continues to try and stop bloggers from attending their convention as media. Even the msm is picking up on the story.
Meanwhile, the issue of bloggers at the convention has provoked a stir in the Twitter-verse.
Only bloggers who are officially associated with a news organization can be accredited. But others will have to pay an $1,100 observer fee.
Ms. Bain, the party spokeswoman, argues there will nevertheless be ample accommodation for bloggers. For example, a riser will be setup in the middle of the convention floor.
She explained that there are many ways to attend the convention: “As a delegate, an observer , or media (including freelance and social media representatives who are sponsored by a recognized news organization.)”
“There is no rule or ban against bloggers, there never has been,” she wrote in an email. “Quite the contrary, we consulted with a group of bloggers and other social media users to discuss the options available to them as delegates. To my knowledge, no delegate or observer who has submitted a registration to our Convention has been denied access because they are a blogger.”
This appears to be counter to what many bloggers want. Tory scribe Stephen Taylor has led the charge, kicking off the controversy when he tweeted this week: “Liberal convention will be the first modern political convention that doesn't accredit bloggers. #cdnpoli”
He’s pursued the issue on his blog. And he’s even garnered support from Liberal bloggers like Jeff Jedras, who argues his party is “foolishly retreating from social media and blogging.”
Ms. Copps’s team also appears unsatisfied. Henry Wright, her campaign chairman, sent an email to Liberal headquarters criticizing the move.
“It is my understanding that the Party has ruled against Bloggers at the Convention,” he wrote. “... We strongly object and would ask that the decision be revisited. We believe that for a Party that wants to rebuild and reach out ... this ruling appears to be counterproductive.”
But Ms. Copps herself told The Globe that “like other media members, bloggers need some sort of accreditation to ensure they are actually media.”