Those of you who watched ABC's Nightline story on blogging tonight may be interested to read about the traditional media's coverage of Delegate Cosgrove's decision to withdraw HB1677 and the role that blogging played in that decision. Below are links to a few of the related stories and editorials that appeared in newspapers around the Commonwealth:
"Delegate to withdraw HB 1677"
Augusta Free Press, 1/11/05
"Del. Cosgrove pulls bill after Internet fuels fiery protest"
Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot, 1/11/05
"Good for us, pregnancy bill is nipped in the bud"
Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot, 1/12/05
"Power to the people: The story behind the withdrawal of HB 1677"
Augusta Free Press, 1/12/05
"A Blog Flog for Del. Cosgrove"
Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot, 1/13/05
"Delegate Pulls Fetal Death Bill Under Pressure"
Times Community Newspapers, 1/19/05
As you can see from these clippings, particularly the editorials, the mainstream media in Virginia was actually quite (surprisingly) positive about the role that blogs played in informing Virginians about the bill and in inspiring people to write to Delegate Cosgrove, motivating him to withdraw HB1677 on the first day of the General Assembly session.