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  •  4th person? (2+ / 0-)
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    An email obtained by BuzzFeed from the organization's national program assistant, Jessica Eckdish, provides Cooper's record of the encounter, in which she "was able to ask Vice President Biden if he supporting [sic] rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline," Eckdish writes.
    1) Buzzfeed

    2) Jessica Eckdish

    3) Elaine Cooper

    4) Joe Biden, working a ropeline.

    I'm not saying that's weak. I'm saying that's nearly nothing. No confirmation from Biden's office - and I think we can all agree there probably won't be.

    It rubs the loofah on its skin or else it gets the falafel again.

    by Fishgrease on Thu May 09, 2013 at 06:05:51 PM PDT

    •  Oh gawd, does it ever end? (0+ / 0-)

      It's called a trial balloon. It's supposed to gauge reaction.
      God help us all.

      •  Yes. (0+ / 0-)

        May God deliver us from Fishgrease.

        Holy Jeeebus, Amen.

        It rubs the loofah on its skin or else it gets the falafel again.

        by Fishgrease on Thu May 09, 2013 at 06:26:48 PM PDT

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        •  I don't have kids, but I still worry.. (2+ / 0-)
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          about the world we'll live them. And my part in it.

          But, nm....What were you sayin' again?
          Of course, KEYSTONE is no problem.
          President Obama is totally going to oppose it(LMFAO).

          The diarist is a HOF(I hear that's the new term!) liberal.

          •  I don't understand the objection either (1+ / 0-)
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            I've had the opportunity to speak to Biden once and it was not a formal press conference or anything -- it was in a train station.   It was during the celebratory period after the 2008 election, on the swearing in day of Congress in fact, so I was more focused on congratulations than trying to get information about where he stood on particular issues.  But if I had gotten some kind of statement about an issue, why would that be different than what journalists do when they ask questions of politicians and report it?  We can all be citizen journalists and when reporting things that politicians say, it what it is.  

            I don't understand the whole argument here.  If he said it, he said it.  He's been an elected official for decades.  He knows that KXL is a hot and highly contested issue.   He knew that whatever he said about it would be tweeted, blogged and reported, rope line or not.  Corporate media of all kinds use social media as a source all the time now.  All of them do.  It's a common occurrence for CNN or the NYT to use it as a source on any given day.  In fact, I think as they continue to cut their staff and reporters on the beat, they rely on it increasingly.  The days of brushing off bloggers and social media are long past. To expand on that a bit, they don't always credit the bloggers and citizen journalists that they take material from (just ask Marcy Wheeler or Kevin Gosztola) but they use it all the time and Twitter is swarming with journalists.

            "Justice is a commodity"

            by joanneleon on Fri May 10, 2013 at 04:36:30 AM PDT

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