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MSM-Blogger Draft: Round Three

Saturday, December 3, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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1. CNN (from the Los Angeles Times for the #3 pick in Round three and the #3 pick in Round 5.): Jim Lampley of the Huffington Post.

A stunned draft room sat in disbelief as Jonathan Klein explained that he thought blogging was a lot like boxing and that Lampley called a good fight. After an aide explained Lampley had posted three items at The Huffington Post in three months, Klein responded “Who cares. This stuff doesn’t matter anyway. In five years there won’t be any news anymore anyway,” and stormed out of the auditorium.

CBS: The American Thinker

After Thursday’s fiasco, Les Moonves takes control. “We gotta give Katie something to work with. We think she’ll fit right in with Lifson, and that she’ll be welcomed on the blog.”

The Los Angeles Times (from CNN): nycbloggers

“State and local news is overrated,” explained editor Baquet. “Our goal isn’t just selling papers. It is to be read in placxes other than California, like New York. We think this is a strategic move that will pay off in the long run.”

PBS: Billmon.

Senior draft advisor Bill Moyers quit in the aftermath of this announcement, and commented that the pressure on PBS to “balance” its schedule was continuing, and that he was resigning in disgust at the obvious lurch right this and previous picks indicated for the network. “One word,” Moyers said. “Rove. Just Rove.”

The New York Times: LAObserved.

“We can now accurately proclaim we are the west coast’s leading online newspaper,” a triumphant Bill Keller proclaimed.

The Boston Globe: WindsofChange

Nods of approval from the blog-savvy. “Baron gets it,” said Glenn Reynolds from the PajamasMedia booth where live blogging of the draft was being conducted.

ABC: Blackfive

The Globe’s pick of WofC sets off a run of milblog/warblog picks, as MSM scrambles to shore up an obvious hole in their expertise.

NBC: Michael Yon

“We can’t believe he slipped this far,” an exuberant Steve Capus proclaimed. “We expect that Yon’s reporting –he’s actually with the troops, you know, will revolutionize television coverage of the war.”

The Washington Post: The Volokh Conspiracy.

Its got “Comeback blog of the year written all over it,” the Post’s media watcher Howard Kurtz commented. (Kurtz is widely believed to be calling the shots inside the Post’s war room.) “It is a jumble, the print’s too small, the words are too big and there are too many of them, but the Post’s design team can fix all that.”

The Wall Street Journal: Instapundit.

No one appeared more stunned than Pajams big boss Roger Simon when this choice was announced, as even that Hollywood veteran wasn’t expecting this move with the UTenn law prof under a long term k with the new blog conglomerate.

“Will Pajamas last?” said a WSJ.com senior exec. “Who knows? Besides, contracts can be broken. We’ve got plenty of lawyers. This isn’t beanbag, you know. Maybe we buy the whole pajams thing, maybe we just peel off Reynolds. We’ve got a lead online. We can be patient. It is a little like the Cowboys drafting Staubach in ’64 as he was leaving Annapolis. He didn’t suit up until ’69. Sometimes you have to plan ahead.”

A rumor swept the draft room as Round Three closed that Austin Bay was seen huddled with WSJ.com execs. Bay is also under contract with Pajamas, but is not believed to be barred from advising MSM entities under the terms of his deal.

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