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While the site has been up-and-(apparently) down this evening, I thought I'd cruise the online MSM to see what the "reviews" are for the show.

This is by no means comprehensive and many of you have probably already found these.  Just thought it might be helpful to pull a sampler together for folks who want a quick read.

First up (with a BOO! Hiss!) is ABC News Online:
     Politicians Court Bloggers in Vegas

Nearly pure RWNM:

Blogger Bryan Preston of the conservative blog said the blogging movement is for real, and politicians should take note.

"It probably will play a big role by hurting Democrats that try to move to the center," Preston said. "If you read the right-wing conservative blogs, well, they're all about ideas, whereas liberals do nothing but snipe and gripe at George W. Bush. They're all about power, winning the next election. Nothing else."


Preston did not attend, but sent a spy to record the events. He said that if Democrats pay too close attention to the bloggers they will get dragged too far to the left and loose (sic) touch with voters.

"They go right over the top, and it's gotten so bad that the Center for American Progress is making a concerted effort to get them to tone it down," Preston said, referring to a think tank run by President Clinton's former chief of staff, John Podesta. "I do have to tip my hat to Kos for mustering so many troops like that, but in the end they'll hurt the Dems more than anything else."

The only other voice quoted for this piece of RWNM -bullshit- propaganda was Ana Marie Cox, now the "official blogger" for ABC News.  She was funnier AND more preceptive when she was still drinking.

COX News Service:  
     Bloggers Let Moderate Democrats Speak

Very short wire-service blurb mentioning the attendance of Richardson, Vilsack and Clark, and featuring one-line quotes from Warner, Reid, Markos, Dean and Joe Trippi supporting the main thesis that "liberal bloggers" are becoming more pragmatic and starting to listen to the Centrists who know better.

Washington Post is the most thorough and accurate so far:

     Bloggers Convention Draws Democrats (Dan Balz)

Best quote is from Tom Mattzie of MoveOn:

Tom Mattzie, Washington director of, called the struggle inside the Democratic Party a "clash of civilizations" between an old order and a new order, but he also discounted those who view it purely in ideological terms. His group, he said, had polled the net-roots activist community. "What they want is not an ideological litmus test," he said. "They want Democrats to stand up and fight. They don't want Neville Chamberlain Democrats; they want Muhammad Ali Democrats."

I like that "Muhammed Ali Democrats" coinage.

LA Times:  
      Net-Savvy Democrats Aim to Pack a Digital Punch
A gathering of online liberals indicates they're evolving into a force within the party.  (Ron Brownstein)

Fairly well-balanced, certainly respectful.  Repeats the most-featured Markos quote:

"The media elite has failed us; the political elite, both parties, has failed us. Republicans have failed us because they can't govern; Democrats have failed us because they can't get elected," Moulitsas said. "So now it's our turn."

Also quotes Warner (EVERYbody is quoting Warner), Harry Reid and (!) Diane Masters:  

'It's not just enough to call yourself a Democrat, you've got to walk the walk,' " said conference attendee Diane Masters, an emergency room physician from Freemont, Mich.

In quoting Diane, Brownstein makes an important point that seems overlooked in other coverage:

Masters, 61, typified one surprising element of the convention: Although the blogosphere is widely assumed to be the province of the young, much of the audience was middle-aged or older.

Moulitsas says survey research shows that the average age of his readers is 45.

Finally, Adam Nagourney did okay in the NYT online:

     A Mixed Bag of First Impressions by Democrats at Blog Rendezvous

Mark R. Warner, the former governor of Virginia and potential Democratic presidential candidate, went before an unconventional political audience on Saturday, a bloggers' convention, . . . and offered a fairly conventional presentation: the introductory campaign video, a few jokes, and 30 minutes of biography, criticism of the Bush administration and views of government.

Howard Dean, the Democratic National Committee chairman, took a different approach, celebrating the bloggers as the future of American politics. "We have a whole new department at the D.N.C. - the Internet department," he said. "What they do is read you all day long so they know what's going on."

After that decent start, the rest is sort of ordinary until the final, revealing quotes from Warner:

In the interview, Mr. Warner left little doubt of the potential he sees with bloggers, saying, "You're watching what potentially could be a major part of the future of American politics taking place right here."

Asked if he thought some of his prospective rivals - like Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York - had made a mistake by not coming here (she cited a scheduling conflict), Mr. Warner paused before declining to answer. "Do I look like a fool?" he asked with a smile.

So - overall, it seems that YearlyKOS got noticed.  Much of the MSM is still dismissive (if not outright hostile), but some may have come away with some new respect - perhaps even a "Spidey sense" tingle that something real is happening here. . . UPDATE: More TM yKOS coverage links < here> (newer diary).

Originally posted to sxwarren on Sun Jun 11, 2006 at 04:35 PM PDT.


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Comment Preferences

  •  Very Interesting (1+ / 0-)
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    I'd only read the Times account. Although you can't link to it, I thought the MoDo was even worse. How dare he have an audience if he hasn't been in the biz for 20 years? Seriously!

    My blogWashington State Political Report. My Act Blue Page

    by Carl Ballard on Sun Jun 11, 2006 at 04:36:45 PM PDT

  •  Thanks! Any news from Chicago, anyone? (0+ / 0-)

    I'm traveling & am on dial-up now, and even that is limited since
    my mom has to hand over her phone connection to me for my
    dial-up. But last night I was going on and on about DailyKos and
    YearlyKos to relatives, and my sister just told me that there was
    an article in the paper here that they noticed because of what I
    told them.

    I honestly can't look, but am sure wondering whether it's a lame
    bit, a general meta-blog bit, a hit piece, a love fest.

    It is never too late to be what you might have been...George Eliot

    by begone on Sun Jun 11, 2006 at 04:38:01 PM PDT

    •  There was a story in the Trib today (7+ / 0-)

      A fairly decent one, I thought.

      Story link

      First bit:

      His handle is Teacher Ken.

      By day, he teaches social studies at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in the suburbs of Washington. By night, he is a political blogger.

      These facts alone may hardly be worthy of mention, but take a look at his e-mail in-box, read the correspondence with at least one Democrat considering a bid for high office, and a question arises: Are Ken Bernstein and legions of his fellow bloggers becoming political ward bosses of the new age?

      "I consider Tom, at this point, a friend," he said. "It's not governor. It's Tom. And I like the fact that he is engaging the blogging community."

      The person on the other end of the friendly dialogue is Tom Vilsack, the Iowa governor, who is one of nearly a dozen Democrats eyeing the 2008 presidential race.


  •  A few days before YKos began, I signed up ... (5+ / 0-)

    to get Google e-mail Alerts about YearlyKos. I checked the option to get the alerts as references appeared instead of just once a day - by Friday afternoon, I'd had to rethink that 'cause the alerts were coming in fast and furious. See for yourself here...

    Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one. - A.J. Liebling

    by va dare on Sun Jun 11, 2006 at 04:43:29 PM PDT

    •  This is the same Google News link I used. (0+ / 0-)

      However, there are only about 40 articles TOTAL, and many are copies of the ones I've included here.

      Private life is all about managing pain. In business and government, this means externalizing and deferring costs whenever possible.

      by sxwarren on Sun Jun 11, 2006 at 04:52:08 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  First link was search for Yearly Kos (1+ / 0-)
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        not lois

        Try it this way 'yearlykos' - total goes up to almost 200 stories.

        Don't miss this one from Fox News - in general, it was a 'fair' article 'cept for this quote:

        Republican party spokesman Tucker Bounds characterized the convention as proof that "the squeaky wheels, no matter how wobbly, get all the Democrats' oil."

        Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one. - A.J. Liebling

        by va dare on Sun Jun 11, 2006 at 06:32:40 PM PDT

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  •  ABC News? (7+ / 0-)

    Let's see, you had almost a thousand progressive Democratic bloggers there and all they could do is quote a conservative?  In all that congregation they couldn't find one liberal to quote?  Good thing I wrote off ABC about 12 years ago.  


    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness." Mark Twain

    by dougymi on Sun Jun 11, 2006 at 04:46:33 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for this diary (3+ / 0-)
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    tlh lib, sxwarren, dougymi

    saved me the trouble of finding it all on my dial-up connection.

    Tip jar?

  • this old news? (3+ / 0-)

    Words are the ammunition of People Power, Callous Leaders need guns.

    by mattes on Sun Jun 11, 2006 at 04:59:08 PM PDT

  •  MSM -> TM (6+ / 0-)
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    meg, sobermom, not lois, sxwarren, Lovo, DBunn

    Remember, it's a framing thing. "main-stream media" gives them implicitly too much credibility. they are merely the "traditional media"

    Otherwise, good summary. Thanks. recommended.

  •  That HotAir dude is full of hot air (1+ / 0-)
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    Man, how many times can the wingnuts spout the same talking points before they grow sick of it?

    When you couldn't get a real journalism job, there's Fox News.

    by The Truffle on Sun Jun 11, 2006 at 05:16:41 PM PDT

  •  troll (2+ / 0-)
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    RunawayRose, sxwarren

    We had a troll at the conference?  Really?  I mean, are they really that afraid of us that there was a troll (or more) there?  That's pretty fearful.

    •  Kinda makes me wonder (1+ / 0-)
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      If someone from LGF had shown up wearing a t-shirt saying, "I'm a conservative blogger who loves President Bush and thinks oyu're all a bunch of commie whackos," would he or she been forcibly removed the way folks who disagree with Bush were removed from his events?

      Private life is all about managing pain. In business and government, this means externalizing and deferring costs whenever possible.

      by sxwarren on Sun Jun 11, 2006 at 06:05:42 PM PDT

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      •  nah (0+ / 0-)

        we would have welcomed him and reminded him that some of us were dittoheads, too.  Not me, but some others.

        •  Never undervalue the importance of (0+ / 0-)

          that difference.

          Private life is all about managing pain. In business and government, this means externalizing and deferring costs whenever possible.

          by sxwarren on Sun Jun 11, 2006 at 07:51:13 PM PDT

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          •  exactly (1+ / 0-)
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            Pretty big damn difference, huh?

            i actually doubt anyone paid the entrance to attend with so many liberals without being outed, come on, even the guy from the Weekly Standard was found out in a Roundtable!!

            I figure, they paid for the stream or took the cheap route and did what was available on C-Span.

            never underestimate cheap ass trolls claiming they attended when in reality, they were just to freaking cheap to take a stab at it

    •  more than one, apparently (0+ / 0-)

      orangeclouds found one too.

      weather forecast

      The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Paine

      by Cedwyn on Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 10:44:45 PM PDT

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  •  Most of the things I read and saw on TV... (0+ / 0-)

    ...were mostly positive, or at the very least said that bloggers are having an "increasing impact", whatever that means...

  •  I love hearing (1+ / 0-)
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    MSM cover the events of yealykos.  But they did maringalize it, at least on 96.9 talk radio, which is mostly like  What I heard on the radio while going to get a pool pump seal disturbed me greatly.
    Two stories were presented, one about the war in Iraq and then about the influence of the blogoshpere on democratic politics.
    Very timed these messages and very scripted, as it to marginalize the influence of dailykos.  At least I though so, then again this is a right wing station and media venue.

  •  I vote this one a 'Nasty' award... (0+ / 0-)

    From (where else?)RedState: (re: Warner)

    Governor, have you ever heard the phrase, "You are judged by the company you keep?"
    What will you bring Markos on your second date?

    Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one. - A.J. Liebling

    by va dare on Sun Jun 11, 2006 at 06:39:05 PM PDT

  •  San Francisco Chronicle (4+ / 0-)
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    RunawayRose, sobermom, not lois, sxwarren

    Here are snippets from a couple of nice articles from the hometown paper.  Pix at the links also:

    Top Dems convene, drawn by bay blog Daily Kos activists have gained clout
    Las Vegas -- Two years ago, the first bloggers credentialed to cover the Democratic National Convention in Boston were treated as a novelty, guests at the restricted club where mainstream media reporters and politicians hobnob.

    This weekend, in a sign of how new media is reshaping politics, some of the nation's top Democratic politicians are flocking to the first major offline convention inspired by a political blog, the Berkeley-based Daily Kos.

    At the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, politicians, labor leaders and liberal interest groups are swooning before more than 1,000 "netroots" activists, mindful of the groups' ability to spread political buzz and raise quick cash.

    One political consultant mused that blogs are creating a pre-presidential primary primary, forcing candidates to stump for online support before they get donations and votes. [...]

    New political ground trod at Yearly Kos
    Candidates, bloggers perform intricate dance at convention

    Las Vegas -- While leading Democratic politicians have embraced the digital age of politics by kissing up to the 1,000 Internet-savvy bloggers convening here at the first YearlyKos convention this weekend, everybody is still trying to figure out how exactly to behave in a 21st century political courtship.
    It is a question provoking much discussion among the digiterati at the first major convention inspired by a political blog, Daily Kos, which is run by Berkeley resident Markos Moulitsas Zuniga.

    Many of those who identify themselves as "net- roots" activists started blogging over the past few years out of the frustration of feeling excluded from the chummy world of Washington politics. But now that Washington has come calling after seeing how much buzz and cash the blogosphere can raise, the bloggers are warily sizing up their suitors. And many are wondering which in-person approach seems the most true to their values.

    "We're more skeptical of the big-name candidates being here than the little guys," said David Atkins, who owns a market research firm in Los Angeles. "The little guys need our help more." [...]

  •  best quote???? (4+ / 0-)

    How's about this one:

    That, said many of those in attendance, explains the contempt with which net-roots activists hold Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.), whom they see as having gone out of his way to support Bush and to criticize Democrats on the Iraq war and other issues. A popular button here showed Bush and Lieberman in near-embrace with the words "The Kiss," and Lieberman's primary challenger, Ned Lamont, has become a darling of the net-roots activists.

    But Dave Dayen, a comedian and activist, said the net-roots activists are genuinely pragmatic in evaluating candidates, particularly those in heavily Republican states. He noted that Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) is as conservative as Lieberman but has not been targeted by bloggers. "We understand regional realities," he said.

    That would be, um, me.

    D-Day, the newest blog on the internet (at the moment of its launch)

    by dday on Sun Jun 11, 2006 at 07:27:10 PM PDT

  •  YearlyKos in (1+ / 0-)
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    While isn't technically MSM, note that its lead article tonight is "How much is that blogger in the window?: In Las Vegas, Democrats court the netroots as if it were the AFL-CIO" By Michael Scherer (and hey, I'm the balding guy in the picture!)

    •  It's really pretty entertaining (0+ / 0-)

      reading the folks who are starting to pay attention trying to categorize this, for lack of time to select a better term, "novelty" - novel to them at least.

      What are we analgous to?  What's our scope? Labor union?  Corporate donors? A "primary primary"?  How can we be influenced? Plied? Purchased?

      We must fit SOMEwhere in the structure, the hierarchy that they know.  We must be "like" SOMEthing that they've seen before.  Just can't pin us down.  If we'd only hold still for a second so's they could get a snapshot.

      Private life is all about managing pain. In business and government, this means externalizing and deferring costs whenever possible.

      by sxwarren on Sun Jun 11, 2006 at 08:09:57 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks for the diary. Please also see this diary. (0+ / 0-)

    This diary on MSM coverage of ykos was done on Saturday and posts some links in the diary but also many more in the comments.

    Yearly Kossacks, YOU ARE The Story! Media Coverage of Yearly Kos

    "History will judge the GOP's abdication to the NeoCons as the single worst tactical blunder since the Taliban gave safe harbor to Osama bin Laden"

    by BentLiberal on Sun Jun 11, 2006 at 09:19:23 PM PDT

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