Building the Democrat Noise Machine
by Sam Loomis, Mon Jan 03, 2005 at 05:49:17 AM EST
It's no secret that Bush II has been inspiring for dissenters among our side. The trick is to try and connect them they way that other GOP media has been Limbaughtomized and Hannitized over the last ten years.
Given the historically unorganized structure of our party, one would think that this would be daunting, but I disagree. I think our government democratic leaders are disorganized, but we are much more adept at linking together than they.
Compared to ten years ago, it is easier to identify progressive voices in the public media and I feel we have many more outlets than people believe we do. From the growing Air America, to the internet, 527 groups, to your local newspaper editorial page, we must make our voices know in our local areas to help get our message out.
As we continue to resist GOP browbeating in the media and culture, we must also never let these progressive outlets feel we are taking them for granted. Case in point: Howard Stern may not have a broad national appeal, but he has an audience of millions and he pushed very hard for democratic causes this last year, even posting TRUTHOUT articles and other such info on his website encouraging people to vote. Last month, he publicly complained that not one single person even called him to thank him for supporting us. Not even on the sly, off the air.
From Stern, to your local progressive groups, we can't take these people for granted.
So what can we do? My suggestion is to focus not only on blogs, but on your own local media. Take a few minutes a day to call local talk radio, write letters to the editor, show up at public meetings when you can, put up signs, protest GOP activities. ANY little contribution will help. Just do anything but be silent and still as our leadership has been too often. And NOW is the time to be strengthening this plan, not waiting until primary season.
And to those who think that just a couple dozen voices can't have an effect, know that only a couple dozen people from a 'Focus on Family' group lobbied for and got a record fine against some pithy Fox reality show.
We are in a great position to build a formidable noise machine, and I am interested in hearing your suggestions about what people can do in their local towns to make this happen.
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