Bloggers in Amsterdam Press Junket Kerfuffle

AmsterdamApparently anyone not cool enough to get invited to this press junket by Holland.com aimed at mostly political bloggers is sniffing their noses at it. From Beltway Blogroll:

Bloggers of all stripes love to bloviate these days about public officials who accepted money or luxurious treatment from corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff in his attempt to curry government favor for his clients. But that doesn’t mean bloggers are above accepting pampering by people with an agenda.

Bloggers no doubt will justify the trip by highlighting the transparency of the junket. For one year, they must link to the Bloggers in Amsterdam disclosure statement, which itself notes the transparency “mantra.”

But curiously, the bloggers just started talking about the trip yesterday — and not all of them are doing so yet. If they really wanted to be transparent, why didn’t the bloggers tell their readers about the trip when the invitation was extended?

Personally, I don’t see how it’s such a big deal since the bloggers seem to be bending over backwards in order to keep their names clean on this with transparency. However, considering the make-up is predominantly some annoying left and right-wing bloggers, we can only hope that once in Amsterdam they run into a representative from the Bratislava tourism board.

5 Comments
  1. Ah, Amsterdam, a great place for sex, drugs and rock & roll. No wonder that was the chosen destination.

  2. Liza; yes you are annoying. By the way, the correct spelling is Ku Klux Klan. Do your homework.