Would you be surprised if any political party in the UK would announce that blogs are not important? Would you be surprised if it was the Conservative party?
I am. Surely this is out of line with WebCameron and the other mass engagement drives the Tories have tried of late.
In fact it’s the blog Tory Politico that has- and created – this story.
Tory Politico wanted to get hold of a copy of the letter David Cameron sent to Gordon Brown on the subject of TV debates. He contacted the Conservative press office and was told he wouldn’t get a copy of the letter because he didn’t matter.
For the full transcript visit the blog itself but here are some fair use snippets.
Tory Politico: “Hi there I wonder if you can help me. I run the Conservative supporting blog Tory Politico at tory-politico.com, and was wondering if you could send me a copy of the press release that’s just been issued about the letter send from David Cameron to the Prime Minister, seeking clarification on his position regarding TV debates.
Press Officer: “who do you work for?”
Tory Politico: “tory-politico.com.”
Press Officer: “so your not a member of the media.”
Tory Politico: “No I am a Conservative party member and a blogger.”
Press Officer: “sorry I cant help you.”
Tory Politico: “Why not?”
Press Officer: ”Bloggers don’t count as media so I cant send it to you.”
Tory Politico: “OK, can you add my details to the press release distrobution list so that future releases and notices are sent to me?”
Press Officer: “No.”
Tory Politico: “Because bloggs are not important.”
Press Officer: “Yes.”
We think bloggers are so important to press releases and press offices that we launched the Brinkwire news hub in the first place.
What do you think of this? A small bump in the Tory webolution or a major own goal?