A reporter from The Washington Blade, DC’s weekly newspaper of all things homosexual, just sent me a request for an interview. They want to talk about Jeff Dion, presumably in advance of a nice little puff piece about how one of their own is seeking elective office and may have an opportunity to make decisions on our behalf. First it’s Equality Prince William providing muscle for Jeff’s campaign organization, then it’s the ever-controversial Mr. Bouchillon signing on. And now the Washington Blade gets to promote Dion. This is just getting better and better.
From: Elizabeth Perry (email address redacted)
Date: December 18, 2006 4:08:02 PM EST
Subject: Interview Request
I am a news reporter for the Washington Blade, a weekly gay newspaper
in the District of Columbia. In your Dec. 7, 2006 blog you wrote about
Jeff Dion, a Democrat running for Occoquan Supervisor in a special
election next month. I am doing a story about that item and the
importance of political blogs. Would you be willing to answer a few
questions for publication?
1) You wrote “But there’s some other critical information that the
Democrats haven’t been too interested in talking about that might help
inform voters about how Mr. Dion values his commitments.” I read the
whole thing and didn’t see any “critical information,” just
information already out there about Dion’s sexual orientation. Why did
you choose to focus on Dion’s sexual orientation in your blog? Why is
this information so critical to readers?
2) You went on to write in great detail about the cost and square
footage of Dion’s house, comparing it with his ex-wife’s. Are readers
to infer that square footage is the best indicator of where children
should be raised? Why is this information critical to readers?
3) Blogs seem to carry weight after they are passed around through
email. Do you think political blogs do much to influence elections?
I dunno. Would it be more fun to have a talk with these folks, or is the whole concept of willingly being associated with the Washington Blade in any fashion simply too disturbing to consider? I’d love to hear what BVBL readers think.
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