Are bloggers trying to “make the weather”…

There’s some interesting things happening in the UK blogosphere. The Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott is being chased by a small pack of influencial bloggers. Guido Fawkes (who it seems is on holiday at the moment but never the less has the ear of the British press and parliament) has been making accusations (and here) which he complains has not been picked up by the mainstream press. See the BBC Editors blog for their take!

Update: The Independent is getting hot and heavy. Listen out for the next installment as Prescott defends himself on the Today programme tomorrow.Iain Dale has also run with the story, but importantly is the UK’s media’s pick of the bloggers when it comes to appearing on tv (he was on Sky’s seven o’clock news and should get a three minute slot with Paxman tonight). However, Nick Robinson is suspicious that there is an attempt afoot to influence journalists, and that online gossip does not always make for hard news. Indeed, in the longer term, recycling opinion, can lead to problematic disconnections. We await with interest to see the outcome, whichever way it goes!

Update: Dale smells blood.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty