Archive for the ‘OKPNS’ Category

Technical Difficulties

November 9, 2007

Dear Readers:

We apologize for the light posting and for the lack of spacing in our recent posts. We are changing our format from Blogger to WordPress, and as usual when it comes to these type of things, it has not been a smooth transition. We hope to have the kinks worked out by Monday. Thank you for you support and patience!

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

October 17, 2007


For close to eighteen months now, we have been honored to bring you news and information the mainstream Oklahoma press refuses to cover. In that time, we have broken a few stories and have provided you with a number of exclusives. You have continued to support our diligence with your faithful readership, so much in fact, that OKPNS has recently moved up to the “second most influential blog” in Oklahoma. You can rest assured that we will be working even harder in the coming weeks to be the number one “most influential blog” in Oklahoma. We thank everyone for their support – even our detractors! And now, the reason for the title of this post.

We received a email from a retired and influential respected journalist a few weeks after the launch of OKPNS with a story idea. This person praised our blog and wished us success. A few weeks later, this respected journalist decided to start their own blog. No problem. We welcome the competition, and besides, we believe the Oklahoma political blogosphere is large enough to accommodate another blog. At their start, we linked to their posts constantly until we realized our gesture wasn’t being reciprocated. We e-mailed the influential and respected journalist/blogger to ask them what was the deal. Their reasons? They claimed OKPNS doesn’t use original material (which of course we do) and we use excerpts from Associated Press articles – which they claimed was illegal. Now, we see that this respected journalist/blogger uses AP excerpts on his blog. That’s fine. But over the course of our eighteen month history, we’ve noticed quite a few other similarities between our blog and theirs.

One, we were the first to start e-mailing OKPNS updates to our readers and influential Oklahoma politicos. Guess what? We started getting email updates from this respected journalist/blogger. Second, we put a quote from the Roll Call newspaper at the top of our website. Guess what? This same respected journalist/blogger put up several quotes from people praising his blog at the top of his website. Third, we wanted to be a comprehensive source of news for Oklahomans that included national and international news, so we added a Reuters video player. Guess what? This respected journalist/blogger installed a rolling headline news service that includes national and international news. Fourth, our mission at OKPNS was to – not only give you inside OK political news – but to also feature excerpts from other Oklahoma bloggers. Guess what? Now, our respected journalist/blogger friend uses excerpts from other Oklahoma bloggers that you’ve probably never heard of. Fifth, during the primary season last summer, we added a poll question to our site to gauge our readers opinions. Guess what? Our journalist/blogger friend added a poll to his site. To add insult to injury, the poll question he asked was almost identical to the one we asked. We love the flattery, but Jiminy Cricket, how about a little originality now and then?

The Revenge of the Uncurious Press

October 16, 2007

As House GOP members meet in Ardmore today in the midst of a campaign finance scandal, only two reporters are covering the event. Embattled House Speaker Lance Cargill is seeking to add two more years to his current term, but only News9’s Stacey Cameron and the Gazette’s Scott Cooper are actually in Ardmore to report on the top political news story of the year.

As always, while the vast majority of the press ignores this monumental story, we will do all we are able to bring you updates as we receive them.

UPDATE: Channel 9 Story Disappears from their website minutes after we posted it this morning.

UPDATE(x2) Video Back Up!

OKPNS Moves Up to 2nd Most Influential Blog

October 14, 2007

From McCarville Report Online:

“Blogging with meat cleavers seems to be the norm on some sites; slash and cut, the nastier the better, the more outrageous the posts and the more misleading the headlines, the more salacious the allegations, the more fractured the English, the worst logic imaginable…all marks of some sophomoric blogs that offer little.” Read more…

Oklahoma’s Most Influential Political blogs

1. Stan Geiger
2. Oklahoma Political News Service
3. blue oklahoma
4. TPD Blog
5. SoonerThought
6. Living On Tulsa Time
7, Okiedoke – Vintage Okie opinion
8. BatesLine
9. Library Stories: Libraries & Librarians in the News
10. The McCarville Report Online
11. meeciteewurkor
12. Bounded Rationality
13. The Lost Ogle
14. The Red Dirt Political Report
15. Oklahoma Legislator’s Blog
16. My Tulsa World Blog
17. MedBlogged
18. Satellite Sky
19. Speaker Cargill’s Blog
20. Sidebar Blog: Law and Disorder, Okie Style

OKPNS – "Oklahoma’s Third Most Influential Political Blog"

September 21, 2007

Oklahoma’s Most Influential Political blogs

1.) TPD Blog
2.) The Lost Ogle
3.) Oklahoma Political News Service
4.) My Tulsa World Blog
5.) SoonerThought
6.) The McCarville Report Online
7.) The Red Dirt Political Report
8.) Oklahomily the Blog
9.) Living On Tulsa Time
10.) Okiedoke – Vintage Okie opinion
11.) Stan Geiger
12.) BatesLine
13.) meeciteewurkor
14.) Bounded Rationality
15.) blue oklahoma
16.) Satellite Sky
17.) Speaker Cargill’s Blog
18.) MedBlogged
19.) OKLAHOMA OpinionsViewsOK.comOkieLife.com
20.) Sidebar Blog: Law and Disorder, Okie Style

OKPNS – "Oklahoma’s Third Most Influential Political Blog"

September 21, 2007

Oklahoma’s Most Influential Political blogs

1.) TPD Blog
2.) The Lost Ogle
3.) Oklahoma Political News Service
4.) My Tulsa World Blog
5.) SoonerThought
6.) The McCarville Report Online
7.) The Red Dirt Political Report
8.) Oklahomily the Blog
9.) Living On Tulsa Time
10.) Okiedoke – Vintage Okie opinion
11.) Stan Geiger
12.) BatesLine
13.) meeciteewurkor
14.) Bounded Rationality
15.) blue oklahoma
16.) Satellite Sky
17.) Speaker Cargill’s Blog
18.) MedBlogged
19.) OKLAHOMA OpinionsViewsOK.comOkieLife.com
20.) Sidebar Blog: Law and Disorder, Okie Style

OKPNS Nominated for "Best Political Blog"

September 17, 2007

The Oklahoma Political News Service is pleased and honored once again to be nominated by our peers for a 2007 Okie Blog Award in the “Best Political Blog” category. Congratulations to the Oklahoma blogs that are nominated in our category and in the other categories as well.

Best Political Blog
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Alternative Tulsa

BatesLine

Bounded Rationality

Left End of the Dial

MeeCiteeWurkor

Militant Moderate

Okie Funk

Oklahoma Lefty

The McCarville Report Online

OKPNS Celebrates 1,000th Post!

March 30, 2007

Since today the Oklahoma Political News Service celebrates its 1,000th post, I decided it was time to write a brief history of how this site came to be; how I became its founder and editor, and reinstate our philosophy one more time for those of you who may be new readers.

I first learned of this website in May of last year when I saw it for sale on Craigslist.org. The seller was an Oklahoma political consultant who purchased the name (URL) but never did anything with it due to time limitations with his regular work.

After agreeing on a price, I bought it and on Memorial Day 2006, I published the first story and began making it accessible to anyone interested in Oklahoma politics. The rest as they say is history!

Regular OKPNS readers know we report the news with a particular slant – just like the mainstream Oklahoma press. We make no apologies for it because frankly, we tell you upfront – unlike other media outlets whose arguments of objectivity strain credulity.

As our readers – and certain party chairmen know – we always offer those who feel offended ample space for rebuttal. Our experience has shown us that some in the public eye have way too thin skins for the positions they hold and/or aspire to. Much of what we do is parody along with the news and commentary. Relax everybody! No harm no foul.

Yes, we do solicit tips and inside information from our readers for stories to post on our website, but that information is vetted and is weighed for its credibility. As we’ve mentioned numerous times to a nameless critic at a competing website with an unhealthy Simian fetish; please point out to us one post that OKPNS has posted that is untrue. As of the writing of this post; we are still waiting.

At the bottom of our website, there is a disclaimer that declares the following:

Content disclaimer: Oklahoma Political News Service content posted by users does not represent the opinion of Oklahoma Political News Service. OKPNS makes no representations as to the accuracy or validity of this third-party content and is not liable in any way for the use of or reliance upon such content. Whenever possible, such information is marked with the name of the source. No content herein has been authorized by any candidate or political party.

Third party content also includes videos. The Oklahoma Political News Service has never produced a video(s) or authorized a video(s) to be made on its behalf. Like other information we post, we obtain videos from public websites such as youtube.com and others.

Washington D.C’s respected Roll Call Newspaper called us a “new Web log for political junkies in Oklahoma” at our founding. We hope we have lived up to that billing. We will always continue to strive to be informative, provocative, and most important, accurate.

Christopher R. Arps
Editor/Founder