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MSM Ignores Edwards’ YouTube Debut

While John Edwards’ pre-announcement of his candidacy on YouTube Wednesday night has online video enthusiasts excited, vloggers are learning today what newsy bloggers have come to expect — when you scoop the mainstream media, don’t expect them to recognize the feat.

Perhaps it’s a bit of insider baseball and semantic nitpicking, but scanning the mainstream reports today finds them in lockstep agreement that Edwards first announced his candidacy Thursday at the scripted press events, and not in the Rocketboom-filmed YouTube post that went live Wednesday night.

Some of the MSM accounts do reference the fact that Edwards’ official campaign Web site went live briefly Wednesday by mistake, a story reported by the Associated Press. But a quick scan of reports from the Wall Street Journal (via the AP), the New York Times, Reuters and the Washington Post make no mention of the YouTube clip. But that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, vloggers! As long as Google’s servers stay up, we’ll always have New Orleans!

Bottom line? Ain’t no link love in the big time.

2 Responses to “MSM Ignores Edwards’ YouTube Debut”

  1. This may be video heresy, but what I expected (and, it seems, what a lot of videobloggers might have hoped for) was coverage that declared Edwards “The videoblogging Presidential Candidate” (or, more likely, “the YouTube Candidate”). In the long run, one would have to hope that the most interesting thing about Edwards is not that he happens to have a YouTube account. The mainstream media might have don Edwards a favour in the long run by glossing over his onlin ambitions, noble as they are…

  2. Dan Balz from Washington Post posted an update to the story last night on and it actually made A-1 of the paper today. FINALLY! But I’ve seen little else. Given that the Post just lost two of its biggest political stars to the web…(Vandehyde and Harris to,) I would think that they are very sensitive right now to getting things “right” with the online community.