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I am pleased to announce that arrangements have firmed up for CQ to live-blog Justice Sunday II in Nashville, TN this Sunday evening. I received an invitation to join several other bloggers in providing live commentary for the event, which will feature such well-known and controversial speakers as Tom DeLay, Zell Miller, William Donahue, Dr. James Dobson, and quite a few others. It will be simulcast to a number of churches and other organizations via satellite and also accessible through their website.
Just to make sure everyone understands the arrangements, I want to clearly state that JSII will pay for my travel arrangements to attend this event. In fact, they will pay the costs directly, instead of reimbursing me, so that cash does not change hands. Some CQ readers may wonder why I point this out, but I think Jeff Jarvis makes a good point in his blog yesterday about ensuring the best possible disclosure to avoid misunderstandings later on. This offer came as a late development, meaning that I didn't have time to make less expensive arrangements, and with a car breakdown this week which will wind up costing me close to a thousand dollars, I didn't have the money anyway.
JSII did not ask me to portray them in any particular manner -- in fact, they asked me for a couple of liberal bloggers whom they could also invite for better, more rounded reporting from the event. I suggested Pennywit, Jeralynn Merritt from TalkLeft, and a neo-Libertarian viewpoint from Jon Henke at QandO. (I don't know if they had the chance to issue those invitations.) I wish I'd thought to include Jeff, and I'm sorry he turned it down.
I think that this shows JSII as attempting as much inclusiveness as possible, and should dispel any fears that those of us live-blogging from Nashville have sold out. I know I will enjoy attending the event and supplying the running commentary, but that's all the "enjoyment" they will supply, apart from the food and beverages ... and heck, that's just Southern hospitality.
Other bloggers I know who will be there are (I'll add more as I hear about them):Sphere It View blog reactions
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