I hate to sound like a Canadian thrilled to hear my country cited on network television. However, I was interested to see a (fake, presumably) weblog called DistrictScene breaking a story on The West Wing. The story concerned Josh Lyman’s character test-driving and crashing an SUV while the Whitehouse failed to support a green bill in Congress. The Whitehouse Director of Communications accurately observes that “all the major news agencies surf blogs now”.
Later in the episode, Josh calls to berate the blogger “off the record”. She posts his comments in near realtime. Does “off the record” still work for journalists, let alone bloggers? I think not.