Consider this a palate-cleansing post after a day’s card-check gourmanderie:
Nice little feature in The National Journal (subscription required) on Marc Morano, minority communications director for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Sen. James Inhofe’s go-to media guy. Key passage:
In his first year on the Hill, Morano has gained attention for strongly criticizing several prominent environmental reporters and for crashing the Senate Web site. “As I like to half-kiddingly say, it’s one of the few jobs in Washington where you go to work every day and decide how we can critique and essentially attack the mainstream media,” he said. A former reporter for Rush Limbaugh, Morano is pushing committee Republicans to take a “new media” approach to communications, using talk radio, cable news programs, and the Internet to spread Inhofe’s skeptical take on global warming. Together with minority press secretary Matt Dempsey, Morano created the Senate’s first committee blog. Morano caused a stir in January when he posted an item — criticizing the host of the Weather Channel’s global-warming show — that drew so many hits it overwhelmed the Senate’s Internet server. “We like to put a little brass knuckles in our blog,” he said.
The Inhofe EPW Press Blog is available here. Marc also maintains a mean e-mail distribution list, chronicling the excesses of the environmental-government nexis. A lengthy story list, every time.
And in an article in The Politico, Blogger-in-Chief Pat Cleary (Emeritus) appeared on a panel to discuss PR, blogging, politics and policy.
More broadly, the blog was designed to help shake manufacturing’s reputation as dirty, dark and dangerous work. To replace the industry’s image of smelters working for JP Morgan’s U.S. Steel with the high-tech makers of iPods and space stations, the blog launched coolstuffbeingmade.com.
Cool Stuff’s still going strong, folks. Check it out. Every Saturday morning. And we’re big fans of smelters, too.
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