by Chris Bowers, Thu Sep 30, 2004 at 02:15:22 PM EDT
by Chris Bowers, Thu Sep 30, 2004 at 08:56:11 AM EDT
- Raising, literally, hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of dollars for Democratic candidates and causes, led by Dailykos, Eschaton, online 527's and campaign websites.
- Continuing investigation into the Niger forged documents affair, led by Josh Marshall, and with a tremendous assist from Salon in distribution.
- Bringing attention to the troubles of Lynne Gobbel, the woman who was fired for having a Kerry bumper sticker on her car. After a Dailykos diarist picked up the story, and the story shot to the top of the recommended diaries, her boss was forced to retreat and the Kerry campaign gave her a job.
- Outing openly homophobic Republicans, including two members of Congress and a high ranking GOP staffer. Blog Active led this charge, and was assisted by The Raw Sotry, formerly the Blue Lemur.
- Helping to force Kenneth Blackwell into a retreat over paper stock requirements for new voter registration in Ohio. This was led by everyone really, but started by Dailykos diarist Thistime.
- Forcing Gallup into a public defense of its methodology, led by Donkey Rising, The Left Coaster, MyDD and MoveOn. (link)
- A successful call for MSNBC to dump Frank Luntz, led by Media Matters and Tapped. (link)
Take action. We are seeing a victory almost every day now, and we are clearly making a significant difference in this campaign. Also, we passed out goal of raising $3,000 for Ginny Schrader, who is perhaps the greatest blogosphere success of this election cycle. I honestly didn't think we could do it before the end of the quarter. You guys are unbelievable. I can't possibly ask you for anymore after already beating both goals. I can just let you know that you can still donate before the end of the third quarter, which is tonight at midnight. Thank you and congratulations!
by Chris Bowers, Tue Sep 28, 2004 at 09:53:13 PM EDT
by Jerome Armstrong, Mon Sep 27, 2004 at 11:21:57 PM EDT
First though, let me briefly note Sunday's NYT's treatment. Chatting with Markos, we both got a kick out of the magazine article. I'm the sweaty enforcer with the grin, the blogger ready to throw a punch... hell ya! You know, during the Dean campaign, at DFA HQ's, I shared cubicle space with the hackers -- the ones that got dealt the NYT's front cover mag treatement -- Clay Johnson, Zack Rosen, and Justin Pinder... see, that's just the Mag's thing, and even though Matt's (the author) a great guy, the grin I had was for the parts we'd all be put into place for, cause it's gotta sell...
by Chris Bowers, Sun Sep 26, 2004 at 06:08:27 PM EDT
That may seem a strange thing to say, given the flattering coverage of blogs triggered by the CBS affair. But the media's infatuation has a distinct odor of the deathbed about it -- not for the blogosphere, which has a commercially bright future, but for the idea of blogging as a grass-roots challenge to the increasingly sanitized "content" peddled by the Time Warner-Capital Cities-Disney-General Electric-Viacom-Tribune media oligopoly.I have a tremendous amount of respect for Billmon, and the potential he revealed for long-form posts has had an impact on my own writing. However, I can also tell from what he wrote in the second paragraph that we have very different ideas about what makes the Blogosphere significant.