The blog police
If you missed the hullabaloo at Covered in Oil over the weekend, there are certainly quite a few places to check out the discussion.
I liked what David Staples from the Edmonton Journal had to say, if only because he does a nice job incorporating the Oilers' perspective on things here:
The issue of bloggers being treated as mainstream reporters is not a simple issue for the Oilers, or any mainstream organization, to cope with.If you disagree, consider this: Dave Berry is an Oilers fan, a journalist and a fairly well-known hockey blogger.
For example, there will soon to too many Oilogosphere blogs for the Oilers to issue press passes to all of them. Even if the organization wants to embrace this new form of media, it's going to be a challenge.
At some point, the designations become pretty unclear. If I was in the Oilers press box on an assignment for the newspaper and happened to post a little 'how do you do' on this site, would that be allowed? Is blogging on Oilers Nation if you're already in the media circle okay?
Where's the line, and what's the policy on this?
I can see why the Oilers wouldn't want a member of Covered in Oil blogging from a team-sanctioned location, even if their brand of wit is effectively harmless. But the proper response here was simply to let him know that type of coverage wasn't appropriate for the press box and leave it at that.
I don't agree that that's the case, but the team is certainly within their right to do that. What I object to is treating bloggers, regardless of what they write, like the scourge of the earth.
Here's Greg Wyshynski:
It's pure bullying, based on a belief that anyone with "blogger" affixed to his or her name is a reckless amateur with no business sharing the same free popcorn with the pros in the mainstream media.What teams like the Oilers should see in Covered in Oil is the value of intelligent hardcore fans providing offbeat coverage of a team they adore.
What they do see is a threat — and that's a sad situation indeed.
UPDATE Apparently Finland is on the case. As far as I can tell, he calls Kevin Lowe "clammy man."