Blogger Ethics

Just a quick note about Steve Clemons, Daniel Glover, and blogger ethics. There's a discussion right now on the distinctions between a journalist, a partisan, and a politician.  Steve and Daniel have each laid out thoughtful posts on the nature of the problems these mixed identities cause.  If you'll forgive the self-indulgence of writing about blogging, yet again, I'd like to explain why I keep coming back to this medium.  Blogging and its linking patterns is a sketch of an entirely different organizational model, and represents some shards of a blueprint of a 21st century progressive America.  Our system doesn't work anymore.  I believe Steve knows this, and I believe he also knows that we have to find new ways of building consensus, aligning interests, and forcing adherence to a prudent and flexible set of rules and norms.  So blogger ethics discussions aren't so much about blogger ethics as they are discussion about what an internet-based society might look like.

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Ask Chris Matthews to Come Clean on Abramoff

Hi y'all.  I am down here in Williamsburg, VA attending the 2006 Issues Conference of the House Democratic Caucus.  I wanted come on here and urge you guys to not let up on your incredible activism around Chris Matthews. Please keep up the pressure.  I cannot believe he had the audacity to refer Senator Edward Kennedy as "the guy that molested" Justice Samuel A. Alito's wife during Mr. Alito's confirmation hearing. Again, this kind of comment is simply absurd, uncalled for, and harmful to our nation.  For someone like Mr. Matthews who is in a position to have an influence on shaping of public opinion, he has a responsibility to treat issues fairly and the public honestly. That is why I have been so disturbed by the recent revelations of a potential connection between MSNBC host Chris Matthews and former GOP super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

This just doesn't sit right with me. And I am now even more troubled about revelations of potential connections between him and convicted felon lobbyist like Jack Abramoff.

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Chris Matthews Goes Crazy

Read here.

And just so you know this matters, there's this excellent article from New York Metro (via Atrios):

Those lawmakers, pundits, and political kingmakers make up Matthews's most important constituency. "In the scheme of people who watch TV, those who are devotees of news shows are a small percentage of overall viewers but are a huge slice of influential people in the business world and the political world," says Rogers. "Shows like Chris's can define agendas, shape the perception of public policy."

Check out Open letter to Chris Matthews to see what you can do about this.

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Netroots Standing Up

In case you haven't noticed, the netroots have taken huge strides over the past two weeks.  Here's a quick rundown.

The Filibuster - The Senate was flooded with calls during the filibuster, despite a complete lack of leadership from NARAL, PFAW, and the groups.

Glenn Greenwald and the Dewine Amendment - Glenn Greenwald uncovered the fiasco of the Dewine amendment, which got major media coverage and substantially advanced the story on wiretapping.  He is now blogging questions for the Judiciary Committee, here and here.

Jane Hamsher and the Washington Post - Jane Hamsher led a campaign to force the Washington Post to correct itself on the Abramoff scandal, showcasing the lack of accountability of

The MyDD poll - Chris Bowers led the first open source polling operation ever, funded and designed by you.  This data revealed that there is no national consensus behind the Iraq war, the failure of the Homeland Security's persuasive authority, as well as partisan attitudes behind security concerns.  (And there's more to come.)

SOTU parody - James Adomian released a hilarious SOTU parody, which has been seen 160,000 times so far (44,000 times on our internal host, before we moved it too youtube).

TV Blowhards - We've waged hard-hitting campaigns against Chris Matthews and Tim Russert, tarnishing their credentials as legitimate journalists and challenging the media establishment to examine the unaccountable pundits who grow fat off of spewing dishonest nonsense on TV.  Russert has engaged in a smear campaign against Arianna Huffington after she revealed conflicts of interest on Meet the Press, and Matthews retracted his statements and spent a few days pretending he and Michael Moore were journalistic buddies.

And now we're exploring action against Lieberman.

Congrats.  We're going to change the party.  We're going to do it, because we are doing it.

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