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Job Description
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Jon posted his decision to accept the job as New Media Director for the Senate Republicans. The Washington Times carries a description of what Jon will be doing for them:
Senate Republicans have hired blogger Jon Henke for the position of "new-media director." Mr. Henke says he believes he is the first congressional employee hired specifically to deal with the blogosphere.

"It's either neat, or it's scary," Mr. Henke told Robert Stacy McCain of The Washington Times yesterday.

Mr. Henke, a Midlothian, Va., resident who blogs at, made headlines in August when he was hired to run the blog operation for Sen. George Allen's re-election campaign, after left-leaning bloggers helped publicize the Virginia Republican's "macaca" remark about a volunteer for his Democratic rival, James H. Webb Jr.

Working in the office of incoming Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, Mr. Henke's new job "will be to monitor the blogosphere to find out what's going on, ... to correct anything that's incorrect that gets out there, and to make sure that the Republican message is represented," Mr. Henke tells The Times. "Sort of like the press secretary to the blogosphere, for lack of a better term."
Reaction around the blogosphere has been mostly positive even among some left leaning blogs. Even Powerline managed a somewhat positive review:
Senate Republicans have hired blogger Jon Henke to be their "new media director." Apparently, his job will be to "monitor the blogosphere to find out what's going on. . .to correct anything that's incorrect. . .and to make sure that the Republican message is represented." Last fall, Henke ran blog operations for Sen. George Allen's campaign.

Henke is no friend of Power Line, but we hope he does a good job for the Senate Republicans.

SCOTT adds: I dealt with Jon in his position with the Allen campaign. I thought he did a good job under unexpectedly difficult circumstances for Senator Allen and expect that he'll do a good job in his new position.

PAUL adds: Naturally, his attacks on Webb sat better with me than his attacks on Power Line.
Heh ... anyway, good luck Jon as you start today from your friends and colleagues at QandO.
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I missed congratulating you the other day. It should be frustrating, but I can’t think of anyone who I would rather have from the blogosphere making an impact on the Republican Party.
Written By: Lance
to correct anything that’s incorrect that gets out there
That’s going to be a big job.

One thing I’ve noticed in the last several years is that nobody in power corrects misinterpretation if the misinterpretation helps the issue or cause.

Once instance which stands out noticeably for me, because I researched it at the time, was President Bush’s speech to the AEI in the lead-up to Congress signing the use of force authorization. The headlines the next day declared that the President said the threat was imminent, yet in the speech he gave, he said no such thing literally and figuratively, and didn’t give that impression (IMHO) at all.

We would be far better off today, if that impression were corrected. Or at least if the White House went on the record correcting that impression.
Written By: Keith_Indy
BTW found this neat little site...
Written By: Keith_Indy
BTW found this neat little site...
Yeah, I often use it as a source for commentary around the blogosphere on particular subjects.
Written By: McQ

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