|"Yes, Virginia, there is accountability"|
"Yes, Virginia, there is accountability"
Jan. 29th, 2007 @ 10:46 pm
:Yes, Virginia, there is accountability
The truth apparently has a liberal bias in the Virginia State Legislature these days, according to ABC
:Anger over Republicans killing bills without recording the vote, Democratic operatives began videotaping early morning and late-night statehouse proceedings and posting them on their assembly's blog and the Internet-based video site YouTube.
"We're providing openness and access to Virginia government," said Mark Bergman, spokesman for the Virginia Democratic Party.
Bergman argues that the videos are the only way for Virginians to see these committee proceedings because the Republican majority changed the rules in 2006 to allow off-hour committee and subcommittee votes to go unrecorded.
Last week, House Republicans in Virginia defeated a Democratic measure without recording the vote that would have raised the state's minimum wage.
I wonder what effect these video clips will have on advertising for Virginia's 2007 General Assembly elections.
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If they released the whole video then we'd have accountability. But to pick and choose what they release and to mock the legislators when they do, that's not doing anyone a service.
It is nice to know that people don't even know that they can get transcripts are going to sit through the whole video to hold people accountable.
I think his point is that it smacks of the same partisan squabling and soundbite mentality that has led us to most of our current political troubles -- if something isn't done with intellectual honesty, then it is subject to counter attack, and therefore will have negligible effect on the supporters of those politicians. Further, by editting clips, one cannot be reasonably certain that the 'facts' being presented are in context -- ever seen re-edits of 'reality tv'? it can be a whole different show with a few key changes to the editting.
If they want to be taken as the 'good guys' they need a higher moral stance, not meeting the other side where it is.
If you're saying that the cut videos are a way to point to the problems, and then people can further investigate using transcripts, then sure. But it probably makes more sense to provide links to the full length videos so people can see it for themselves, rather than editting the content. Sure -- post the highlights, but make the full available if you want credibility with thinking people.
No, actually I am saying that making more information available, more "transparency" just encourages people who really have no business making decisions to think that they have enough knowledge to cast an educated vote. Despite the fact that, like previously available information, they have not actually paid attention.
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