WTAE's Bob Mayo was reporting on the flap caused by Councilman Jim Motznik's foray into the "burghosphere" and at the end of the segment he said -- I'm paraphrasing here -- that Mayor Luke Ravenstahl would like Motznik to stop blogging as it distracting from city business. Mayo said that Motznik agreed to stop blogging.
Looks like Councilman Bill Peduto was right on the mark when he said that "Luke Ravenstahl and Jim Motznik are two peas in a pod."
Luke speaks and Jim obeys.
So, what have we learned from Motznik's one whole day of blogging?
Well, for one thing, looks like Motznik was full of...uh..."it" when he blogged "I am sure you will hear from me soon enough because this campaign will be quite a mess and I will be here to make sure we can all wade through the shit and get to the truth!"
One word from the Mayor and Motznik's little truth squad of a blog folds faster than Superman on laundry day.
We also see that Ravenstahl chose not to make any distinction between just having a blog and the actual content of that blog.
Since he made no differentiation, does that mean that Ravenstahl believes that no politicians should have blogs? Does he think, for example, that US Rep. Jason Altmire should fold up his "The Freshman Class" blog hosted at the Post-Gazette?
If that's not the case, perhaps he would like to make that clear. We wouldn't want any other councilors thinking that they'd face our "hot, hip, young" Mayor's disapproval before they ever even opened a blogspot account.
We, who have been members of Pittsburgh's blogger community for more than a mere 24 hours, know that blogging can be a force for good. It can inform the public of events and views that they might not see otherwise. It can foster discussion and build connections and community.
It would be a shame to tar us all with the same brush because of one lone blogger who couldn't resist the Dark Side.