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Blog Post #4

Posted on: December 4, 2009

Url of Blog Site: http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http%3A%2F%2Fwww.opencongress.org?gname=political-blogs

Title: Open Congress Blog

The Open Congress Blog seems very reliable and credible, beginning with the name, it is written factually by the writers of open congress. “Open Congress is a free and open-source joint project of two non-profit organizations, the Participatory Politics Foundation and the Sunlight Foundation” this quotation is taken from the bottom of the blog, where it shows that is a reliable source, because it is of several different non-profit foundations and is existing only to assist and inform the general public. This quotation also provides a background of understanding about the blog, how it is created and why it exists. To aid in backing the credibility of the blog here is another quotation taken from it, “OpenCongress brings together official government data with news coverage, blog posts, public comments, and more to give you the real story behind what’s happening in Congress. Small groups of political insiders and lobbyists already know what’s really going on in Congress. Now, everyone can be an insider.” This shows that the information is taken from groups of people who are involved in congress, that are making the decisions and than on this blog they can report about them. This is primary information, not a media getting the second hand information off of someone else, this is definitely a credible source. The bias in this blog is very little, it is mainly on just stating the facts and information of what is going on in congress and what has been passed. The only bias is the writers are for what congress has passed and what has been agreed upon in congress, mainly because it is primary information and writing.

Url of Blog Article: http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http%3A%2F%2Fwww.opencongress.org?gname=political-blogs

Title: House Passes a Permanent Lower Estate Tax Rate

Written By: Donny Shaw  on December 4, 2009

The article is about a proposal in congress about establishing a lower estate tax rate. The blog post states the facts, of a non biased descent. It is written strictly non-fictionally about the exact numbers and the outcome of the voting for the lower estates tax. The blog states that all Republicans were against the bill and the majority of the Democrats agreed the same way, the bill was almost completely voted against. Some of the facts of the post are that the tax rate would be lowered to 35% when now it is at 45%, which would make 5 million people exempt from the tax when now only 3.5 million are exempt. It also states that the bill is being passed onto the senate where people will vote for or against it, when in April a similar bill was voted favorably for. There are several quotations from members of Congress and representatives one that the bill is “founded on the ideas of equality and opportunity – on values that form the foundation of our economic growth and our pursuit of the common good.” This is the only type of wording that could be bias in the blog post, where it states how good the bill could be if passed, but it isn’t exactly bias because it is a direct quote of what someone said and it isn’t backed up with other ideas leading in the same direction. The post was overall pretty good, the coverage of the blog gives the specific detail of a bill that was going through congress. There could be a little more elaboration on the topic, showing how it could effect the people more, or any more detail about the actual bill itself. For anyone who knows todays politics this blog post would make almost complete sense to them, and would have significant coverage.

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1 Response to "Blog Post #4"

Well done, but…that is one scary picture

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