As The Burgh Report tells it in a post this morning:
In all seriousness, that’s what blogs can do. Folks may focus on the potential for rumor slinging, but fact checking and “sunlight-shining” really are the most productive uses for the Burghosphere.The Burgh Report was commenting on this Trib story by Jeremy Boren. In it, we learn that Interim Mayor Luke Ravenstahl claimed to be unaware that Pittsburgh's city charter prohibits acting city directors from serving longer than 90 days without confirmation by City Council.
Boren acknowledges that it was this January 16th post on The Burgh Report which raised the issue that George Specter has been serving as Acting Solicitor for about twice the allowed number of days without confirmation.
That fact came to light originally in the comments section of The Burgh Report by someone posting under the name of "Dean."
As I said in a post yesterday, blogs can be a force for good which informs the public of events and views that they might not otherwise come across. Moreover, blogs with comment sections facilitate the free exchange of ideas and information. Additionally, they allow for the broadcasting of this information to a wider audience than one would, say, have discussing a news story around a water cooler at work.
And, just sometimes, this discussion makes its way into the MSM itself.
Again, congrats to The Burgh Report. You did the City of Pittsburgh a public service.