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Image Hosted by ImageShack.usI've been getting more and more into this citizen journalism thing all summer at OAC blog. I think this is more than just a new kind of blogging for me. I think the next presidential election cycle will witness a whole new kind of emerging media. We're seeing glimpses of it now, but in 2008 this new YouTube people-powered journalism could take off. The new media will be the kind that uses websites like this and sites like YouTube to deliver Citizen Generated Content, stuff that we make and not the campaigns.

A reporter at the Gnomedex conference in Seattle last June asked the room, "Blogs were the big story the last time around, what will the story be next time around?"

Video: What's Next? (2:34)

Follow me below the fold to discuss how we become the story next time around.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usThe Conventional Wisdom on YouTube:

The current state of Conventional Wisdom on citizen-generated media/content, CGM or CGC, is not very insightful by and large. The New York Times ran a piece a couple of weeks ago discussing the YouTube - gaffe phenomenon a la George 'Macaca' Allen (is he still running for something?)

Candidly Speaking: The YouTube Election

By Ryan Lizza
August 20, 2006
AUGUST, usually the sleepiest month in politics, has suddenly become raucous, thanks in part to YouTube, the vast videosharing Web site.

Last week, Senator George Allen, the Virginia Republican, was caught on tape at a campaign event twice calling a college student of Indian descent a "macaca," an obscure racial slur.

The student, working for the opposing campaign, taped the comments, and the video quickly appeared on YouTube, where it rocketed to the top of the site's most-viewed list. It then bounced from the Web to the front page of The Washington Post to cable and network television news shows. Despite two public apologies by Senator Allen, and his aides' quick explanations for how the strange word tumbled out, political analysts rushed to downgrade Mr. Allen's stock as a leading contender for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.

YouTube's bite also hurt Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, who was defeated by the political upstart Ned Lamont in Connecticut's Democratic primary earlier this month. In that contest, pro-Lamont bloggers frequently posted flattering interviews with their candidate on YouTube and unflattering video of Senator Lieberman. The Lamont campaign even hired a staffer, Tim Tagaris, to coordinate the activities of the bloggers and video bloggers.

When politicians say inappropriate things, many voters will want to know. Now they can see it for themselves on the Web.

But YouTube may be changing the political process in more profound ways, for good and perhaps not for the better, according to strategists in both parties. If campaigns resemble reality television, where any moment of a candidate's life can be captured on film and posted on the Web, will the last shreds of authenticity be stripped from our public officials? Will candidates be pushed further into a scripted bubble? In short, will YouTube democratize politics, or destroy it?

Is it me or is that a stupid question? Sorry Mr. Lizza.

Mr. Lizza focuses too much on the risk adverse angle he hears from professionals and how they feel about YouTube these days. Let's face it if your candidate is stiff and boring then they aren't going to do well with more coverage at all. In that case you want to restrict coverage and script everything.

I think the idea of YouTube changing the story is that YouTube means we generate the content and not the campaigns. That's a big difference. Whatever you end up posting will more than likely be put together from remarks a candidate gives in public, so not every waking moment need be captured to YT. The candidate can certainly craft their remarks anyway they like, but the candidate has no control over the conversation that ensues during one of these vlogs. That's one of the great things about these types of diaries.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usEdwards went out to Seattle to a tech conference last June, Gnomedex 6.0.

I bootlegged the live stream and it was pretty good. They had a raucous and interactive discussion on politics, media and technology. This conversation amongst the techies and Edwards fits nicely into this discussion about new media and new technologies helping to create content and dialog. So let's look at what they talked about a bit.

Although the conversation kept coming back to the politics of the day, much to Chris Pirillo's chagrin, a couple of themes were prevalent in the discussion:

Video: Gnomedex Access (4:41)
Give us access! This exchange also gets into the desperate need for authenticity in American politics today.

  • Put a blogger on the bus
  • "Top Down kills engagement. Just kills it."

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Long exchanges, but great. Discussion hits on:

  • The sorry state of our political discourse vis a vis George Lakoff's book: Don't Think of an Elephant.
    Edwards: "Issues don't decide Presidential elections."
  • Credibility. Edwards: "All trials are a battle for credibility," more than anything else.

Video: Red Diaper Baby (3:41)
Friday Fun clip? Buzz clip? Banana clip?
Marc Canter tells Democrats far and wide to grow some. Edwards replies, "Now I don't want you to hold back."

Access. What does access look like?

Video: Ned Lamont - Access CT (4:29)
Video: Edwards - Access CT (5:01)
Video: Edwards - Access Iowa, Pittsburgh (2:50)

Kos was pleased that Lamont and Edwards chose to give a press conference to the bloggers that was closed to the press and so was I. I was there with about 20 other bloggers, mostly from My Left Nutmeg and Connecticut Local Politics. I also met Christine Stuart from CTNewsJunkie and do you know what September 5th is kiddies? Check out ctkeith in New Haven for a heads up on Tuesday morning in Joe's neighborhood. Can anyone get down there to get some video? Anyone?

Authenticity. That might look like this.

These clips show how much more powerful and authentic a 3-minute clip can be compared to a 10+ second sound bite offered on the news. The latter is the best that we can hope for in the broadcast media. Not having control of the content can be difficult for weak candidates, but all candidates can benefit from this type of CGC on YouTube. This amounts to extended coverage of the on message candidate stumping.

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Video: Deval Patrick - Gloucester Highlights 1 (3:34)
"Check back in..." Nice intro to the remarks and a good bit up front about the Grassroots Campaign strategy and how it's worked so stunningly well for Patrick over the last eighteen months.

Video: Deval Patrick - Gloucester Highlights 2 (3:57)
On politics and Katrina, one of the best discussions of the current state of American political dialog, hint - puke.

[On politics] It's as if how to win is really pre-eminent and principle and vision is for the naive and unsophisticated. And it's causing a lot of really good people to check out. And I'm not just talking about at election time, but civic life itself...

[On Democrats] We have perfected a conversation about how to win, but we don't say too much why we should win. We have candidates doing their level best to blur any differences between us and the opposition as a tactic to win without ever saying what we would do with that power once we do win. Poor people and sick people are on their own... I think that's the vision of government that was on display in the Gulf Coast after Katrina. We were ashamed by what we saw and we were right to be ashamed. Those people who were abandoned on their rooftops after Katrina were before that storm.

And many have been waiting for the Democratic Party to make up its mind about what we stand for.

So that's why I'm asking people all over the Commonwealth to stand with me and if you do then we will stand for something again.

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Video: Ned Lamont - New Haven (4:22)
Ned's remarks, abbreviated:

I've got to tell you that on Tuesday night it was a pretty good surprise. It was a call for change. People really want to fight for change and that's what we voted for on Tuesday night.

One of the first calls that Joe Lieberman got was from Karl Rove. The first call, the first call, I got was from John Edwards.

[On Universal Health Care] "as a small business guy I can tell you that we have a health care system in this country that is broken... We believe that health care is a basic right for each and every American and we're going to make it happen." Lamont also takes the opportunity to point out that the health care problems facing families also tend to hurt employers and the country's competitiveness in general.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usVideo: Edwards - Patriotism (3:08)
About our dependence on foreign oil:

Do we need to invest in clean alternatives sources of energy? Of course we do... But it is not the truth to tell the country that we are going to solve our dependence on oil just by [innovation].

We need to ask America for a new kind of patriotism, patriotism about something more than war.

We need to say to the country, `It is important for your country for you to be willing to conserve. It is important for your country for you to be willing to sacrifice.' ...

We cannot drive vehicles that get 12 miles to the gallon and think that we're going to solve this problem. It will never happen.

By the way, I do this on my own dime and don't work for any of these campaigns. Using YouTube to broadcast paid for political speech is far different from what I'm talking about here.

How many voters need to have access to this kind of stuff to make this the big story next time around? How many people need to be accessing YouTube political speeches and events to make a dent in the process? Twenty five thousand people? A million? Two million? Ten?

YouTube has the bandwidth, now we can provide content.

Previous Vlogs:

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usAugust 2006: Guerrilla Vlogger: Meet Deval Patrick
August 2006: Guerrilla Vlogger: Lamont and Edwards in New Haven
August 2006: Guerrilla Vlogger: WakeUp Wal-Mart Assignment, Pittsburgh
August 2006: Guerrilla Vlogger: Patriotism for something more than War, Iowa
July 2006: Guerrilla Campaign: Iowa w/YouTube video

Upcoming Vlogs:

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Edwards in Manchester September 4th, NH for AFL-CIO march and rally on Monday September 4th
Deval Patrick & Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) in Worcester, MA September 8th, for a primary kick-off rally. This vlog will also have debate clips from the Thursday September 7th debate at 8:00PM EDT on channels: 5, 2, 7, NECN and live audio streaming is available at WBUR 90.9
Elizabeth Edwards in Boston on her book tour, TBD date, for Saving Graces
... in stores September 19th.

See you out there...

Originally posted to mbair on Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 05:08 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  This is what the NMSM Looks Like (11+ / 0-)

    Non-Mainstream Media
    or the
    Citizen Media (the return of the pamphleteers)
    or the Non-Corporate Media

    Now everyone can see candidates up close without CSPAN and Tivo at the click of a button.  We're all Iowans now.

    "We need to ask America to adopt a new kind of patriotism, a patriotism about something more than just war." -- John Edwards

    by philgoblue on Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 04:57:51 AM PDT

    •  Diversity good, monopolies bad (9+ / 0-)

      Non-Mainstream media, as it's evolving in the post Alvin Toffler future shocked universe (I read him in 8th grade) is breaking up the monopoly of the MSM.

      Breaking up of monopolies, I understand, is generally a good thing.

      (Missouri 2nd Congressional District)

      The Universe is a big place ... perhaps the biggest. -Kilgore Trout

      by fugitive on Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 05:10:12 AM PDT

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      •  Biggest issue in the West is Monopolies (6+ / 0-)

        We are under the thumb of monopolies.  Right now the meat packers control 80% of the meat market.  Chicken farmers and hog farmers have become serfs working for the packers.  This is what drove the Populist movement and the People's Party of 1892.  Then it was the railroads and the grain elevator owners and the banks that squeezed the farmer.  In Montana we still pay more to ship our grain and our beef just 'cuz.
        I have urged Jon Tester to keep making this link.  Monopolies of our air waves.  We can feel it here.  We have little local radio and what there is, is religious channels because they have the money to buy up the stations.  We have a fire burning right now about 6 miles from our ranch.  It has burned 156,000 acres.  How did we get the news?  By coming to town and asking around.  We need low power FM at least, but they have stopped those licenses. Let's bust the trusts.

        "It's time to rein in the rascals and rotate the crop"

        by MontanaMaven on Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 06:08:11 AM PDT

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    •  "CZN" or "Citizen NETwork..." (5+ / 0-)
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      In comparing the news I get off the web with that from the M$N, Im finding M$N to be usually a day late and a dollar short.  The information just isn't there on television news  I'm much better informed during this election cycle about local and state candidates than I have been in previous elections, due, intirely to use of m' computer and "Citizen Journalism"....and journalists like mbair.

    •  Yes, we can all be Iowans now (4+ / 0-)
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      Vblogging brings voters access to the personal one on one campaigning which John Edwards does so wonderfully.  Folks, you don't have to live in Iowa anymore.

  •  tip jar (16+ / 0-)

    Please no flames on this thread, this is a big subject let's not get bogged down in Presidential picks, obviously I'm an Edwards supporter.

  •  My first look at Deval Patrick (5+ / 0-)
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    And I like what I saw: very composed, natural, persuasive. Might as well have a liberal govening a liberal state, no?

  •  Thomas Frank: meet John Edwards (9+ / 0-)

    I understand that this isn't necessarily the thread to get into THE DISCUSSION, but I just read Thomas Frank's excellent column in the Times, where he's been a guest columnist for the last month. Also it's relevant in that it touches on blogs and the right's "army of journalists," which maybe we'll answer with our army of bloggers and vloggers. Here's a bite, but I suggest everyone read the entire thing. It's perfect, if you ask me.

    "Everything I have written about in this space points to the same conclusion: Democratic leaders must learn to talk about class again. But they won't on their own. So pressure must come from traditional liberal constituencies and the grass roots, like the much-villified bloggers. Liberals also need strong well-funded institutions fighting the rhetorical battle. Laying out policy objectives is all well and good, but the reason the right has prevailed is its army of journalists and public intellectuals. Moving the economic debate to the right are dozens if not hundreds of well-funded Washington think tanks, lobbying outfits and news media outlets. Pushing the other way are perhaps 10.

    "The more comfortable option for Democrats is to maintain their present course, gaming out each election with political science and a little triangulaton magic, their relevance slowly ebbing as memories of the middle-class republic fade."

    •  The Dems came late to the trough (4+ / 0-)
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      and they like it there, grunting and shoving and porking out.  So it's time for a lead cow to yell, "Hey, the Grass is greener over here. Get out of the muck and go wild into the free open range.  Break your bonds and run with the wind."

      "It's time to rein in the rascals and rotate the crop"

      by MontanaMaven on Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 06:25:32 AM PDT

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    •  Here's the Frank column (4+ / 0-)
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      plus the latest Krugman, also worth a read, thanks to a firewall pirate:


    •  Sen. Edwards says it loud without saying it (4+ / 0-)
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      Democratic leaders must learn to talk about class again. But they won't on their own. So pressure must come from traditional liberal constituencies and the grass roots, like the much-villified bloggers.

      In the spirit of this discussion about YouTube and citizen journalists, I am reminded that John Edwards, whose political movements I have been following closely, is talking about "class" in the same way he talks about "faith." He doesn't have to say a word. There's no pressing need for him to be overt. He is who he is - a natural. He shows us who is he by his actions and ideas.  His respect for citizen journalists isn't just another political "schmoozefast" while fixing his hair and making his way to the mainstream cameras.

      He's been out talking to bloggers - sometimes exclusively as we saw this month in New Haven, Ct on a stop to support Ned Lamont. That, in and of itself, is a loud statement about class and the powers that be. He's pounding the pavement for Labor. He's made Poverty the focus with a 30-year plan to end poverty as we know it.

    •  I hope Frank becomes a permanent Times columnist (0+ / 0-)

      I have really enjoyed all of Thomas Frank's "guest" pieces in the Times. It would be nice if he were more than just a guest on the OpEd pages. I also read the Krugman piece mentioned in a later post. It is striking that columnists calling out for a "populist" voice never seem to mention Edwards. CNN had a promo that Bill Clinton will have a two-part interview to discuss the problem of poverty. Not to be cynical, but it does appear that Clinton has noticed Edwards.

  •  Destroy Politics? (8+ / 0-)

    "Politics is a discussion about what we think our lives together should be like."  Mickey Kaus
    "Politics is the inter course of government and peoples." Jonathen Schell quoting Clausewitz  in "The Unconquerable World".
    "Liberty is power through the combined power of individuals united in society."  de Toqueville.
    "Power resides in citizens who follow official commands.  If citizens become passive, power would evaporate."  Hannah Arendt.
    Yes, we are in the process of perhaps "destroying" the power structure of a rotting politics and returning it to where it belongs.  We are dismantling a broken structure and putting up a new one.
    Vlogging makes politicians real people and we see that there are real people around them.  Fiction belongs in the movie theatres and in novels, not on our TV.
    And great journalists will still be needed.  God Bless Keith Olbermann.

    "It's time to rein in the rascals and rotate the crop"

    by MontanaMaven on Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 05:58:40 AM PDT

  •  Very well done ! (5+ / 0-)
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    Alternative media is our hope for the future of our country and the WORLD :)

  •  John Edwards (5+ / 0-)

    Anyone watching these vblogs when a CJ happens on the scene is surely the way to go in getting the word out about our next President.

    What an honor and privilige it is to see and hear John Edwards speak the truth and follow through on his convictions for a One America For All.  I am an Iowan and consider myself very fortunate to witness so many times this man's vision for us.

    I urge one and all to make a special trip if John Edwards is in your area to go and hear him, ask him questions about your concerns.  This man listens with his heart and mind...great combination.  This is our man for President of the United States.

    Go John have my vote, count on it!

  •  The Time has come. (3+ / 0-)
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    This will probably be one of the most important elections in a long time. With the war on terror, domestic spying programs, the Iraqi blunders, this is not a "time to stay the course". I have heard someone say it is time to change course, throw the captian overboard, and fire the crew. Only when the people stand up and make their voices be heard, will real people, not the elites, be able to take back the control of our great country. I completly believe it when John Edwards says; "The leaders we've been waiting for, are us."
  •  Love the smell of MSM feet roasting in the fire (7+ / 0-)

    in the morning, in the evening or any old time of the day!  A toast to CJ's and to John Edwards for having the vision to recognize their import and for encouraging their input.

  •  I have a comment or two to offer (6+ / 0-)

    First, related to Mbair's post, one of the elements of CJ (which differs from Nicolas Lemann's piece in the New Yorker, "Amateur Hour" last month) is access.  The M$M may choose to cover an event, or they don't.  For the longest time, Lamont was ignored by the M$M.  If weren't for this community to get it going (as Ned said on C-SPAN on Tuesday), Lieberman would have been the sho-in that the media thought he would be.   Kos was given access along with other bloggers.  A CT caller on C-SPAN when Ned was on thanked Ned for allowing CT bloggers to be the journalists in New Haven, which I believed references the same one mbair recorded and put up on YT.

    As noted on this post, someone from the Hartford Currant said that Edwards in particular wanted to meet the bloggers--at least first--and didn't schedule anything with the M$M.  Edwards believes in the Citizen Journalist concept because it is the democratization of the media.  

    I was fortunate to have access to John Edwards that I have not discussed here, but I did on my blog and at the One America Committee blog.  It was 10 minutes in a town an hour from me and it was not at a fundraising event.  While we didn't discuss all kinds of issues as seen in mbair's video, I had an opportunity to tell him why I supported his last candidacy and it had to do with my mother.  She's one of the potential faces of poverty that Edwards is trying to keep on the radar screen.  

    The other comment has to do with something Elizabeth Edwards said at another event that I attended with another blogger here, Sparkleon.  It was an event at the Polk County Democratic Party celebration of women running for office or were in office in Iowa. This event wasn't even covered by the M$M in Iowa.  But I was there, and I took a few notes in addition to a picture--and I did report on the event here.
    It was read by a few, and received some nice comments, but other events shadowed my report.  Nonetheless, it was Elizabeth who the first to say

    "Let Me Be Clear: we cannot have this" regarding Joe Lieberman that if he decided to run as an independent.

     The crowd applauded because Elizabeth's words resonated with them when she went on to say (paraphrased): What kind of Democrat is that won't support his own party if he doesn't win his primary?  

    After her speech, many people stood in line and shook hands with her, but to be candid, most of us hugged her and she hugged us back; she allowed pictures to be taken.  That's access as well as empathy, something missing from most of our politicians today.  John Edwards was the same way when I saw him.  He was more interested in the story about my mother and her cirumstances.

    I believe it was another blogger, Nan, who said recently, the media we have been waiting for is us.  I heartily agree.

    Thanks for the post, mbair.

  •  we're so vain-HDtv more of a threat than YouTube (4+ / 0-)
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    Good stuff, mbair. I have to say that I've watched you over time, and I believe you have bloomed into a model of citizen journalism to which we all can and should aspire.

    "When politicians say inappropriate things, many voters will want to know. Now they can see it for themselves on the Web....will the last shreds of authenticity be stripped from our public officials? Will candidates be pushed further into a scripted bubble?"

    IMHO re: the Ryan Lizza question, we're a cruel political society in that we pick every inappropriate comment out and put it under a magnifying glass. We're also a mature and sophisticated enough society that we will take what we get on these YouTube videos and discriminate in a democratic fashion - not at all unlike the people at the seven-hour debates in the days of Lincoln. No one "does" seven-hour debates these days. Yet, we understand that the founding fathers believed we needed to have an informed citizenry...regardless of their economic status. Not everyone can get out to see the candidates because some work two jobs and come home with just enough time to crash. For some of them, a computer is easy access to messages that they enjoy and would not see anywhere else. YouTube's a great vehicle for getting the candidate's message out front and center and the "crowd" never has to leave their office (or comfy) chairs!

    While many people have ignored politics because they have felt that politics was boring, YouTube sexes it up for them...makes it interesting. The most creative of citizen journalists will be a big score for the politicians they support. I think it's a big shot in the arm for the health and vibrance of politics and democracy.

    If, as Mr. Lizza fears, some politicians will become more "inauthentic" or dead-pan because of a new medium, then those politicians are - quite naturally - the ones that will be weeded out as fakes and probably should have been a long time ago.

    I have seen and heard so many racist comments from so many Republicans lately that I am truly shocked at their boldness. If anything, it will force some of these bigots to stuff their racist comments back into their tiny racist skulls and we will get leaders who speak appropriately - repectfully - as the ladies and gentleman they should be. If they have to be forced into tolerance and diversity by the threat of being publicly ridiculed, so be it.

    More media is so much better than less. More simply cannot be unhealthy for democracy.

    If you ask me, high definition TV is far more of a threat to politicians than YouTube video. HDtv shows every wrinkle - every line - every haggard feature on a politician's mug.

    Remember the song "You Can't Hide Your Lyin' Eyes" by the Eagles? In an HDTV world, they can't hide their lyin' sags and bags. It's true - we are a society bent on vain considerations. ;)

    Seriously, if a politician comes off as a phony - or as stiff, he or she is probably not confident in their own convictions. Leaders should exude confidence, shouldn't they?

    •  This also raises a point about why Big Bubba ... (5+ / 0-)
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      ... sounds so much more inarticulate than he did as Governor of Texas and when running in his first successful bid to gain the Presidency without winning a majority of electoral votes through the ballot box ...

      He is lying.

      Lying requires a different style of thinking than telling the truth ... and it turns out that George can't talk and do something else, like work out which thing he heard as information about what is going on and which thing he heard as what his political advisor thinks the poll numbers say he should say.

      The mainstream political campaign establishment is scared because the mouthpieces have an easier time raising money from the corporate sector than the people who believe in something, and that corporate money is important in paying the bills.

      However, for a candidate that is telling the truth ... well, think about the m*c*c* incident. Suppose someone who was not a racist was caught on tape saying something that like that and it really was something that he had heard around staff meetings. That is, remember the first spin ... this was something the Senator picked up from his staff ... when we compared that story to the Senator's action, what set off our BS meters? What would a candidate's natural reaction when they realized that they had said something that was offensive?

      That, in fact, is the first difference. The first concern would not be with whether or not it would be perceived as offensive if it got out into the press, the first concern would be with that fact of saying something that he or she should not have said.

      First, the candidate would reprimand the staff who had been throwing the term around, and tell them that if they truly felt that way, they had no place on the campaign. Then the candidate would have attempted to contact the person who was insulted, sincerely apologize, and most likely would have at the very least insist that the staffers who had been throwing the term apologize as well - unless of course those staffers had been sacked.

      Then the candidate would give a sincere public apology. Not, "I wasn't saying what people thought I said, and if they insist on taking offence, then I am sorry", but "I apologize for what I said. It was wrong. I understand that I will suffer some political damage as a result. However, I would rather live in a country where a politician who says something offensive along these lines suffers for it, than in a country where they can say something like this and get away with it."

      That's where the professional political campaigners are worried ... they know the various strategies for spinning a candidate gaffe through the Mainstream Media and the 10+ second sound bit. They are very much worried that CZN's will take the spin, pick it apart into little tiny pieces, and the debris fallout from the spin control will itself feed the political firestorm sparked by the gaffe.

      Let them worry. I like it.

      The Bush regime is like the kid who calls in a bomb threat because he didn't study for his mid-term

      by BruceMcF on Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 09:31:47 AM PDT

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    •  I couldn't agree more (2+ / 0-)
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      While many people have ignored politics because they have felt that politics was boring, YouTube sexes it up for them...makes it interesting. The most creative of citizen journalists will be a big score for the politicians they support. I think it's a big shot in the arm for the health and vibrance of politics and democracy.

      It's about engagement----engaging as many people in our democracy as we can and creative vlogging will help to do that.

      As Senator Edwards has said, "citizen journalism helps to democratize the process."

      Video: Edwards on Citizen Journalism

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      •  Sorry, here's the link (3+ / 0-)
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        Iddybud, machka, benny05

        The embedded video showed up in the preview, hmm...


      •  Vlogging and CJ's (1+ / 0-)
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        Well, this new thing with video's is indeed a way to spread the word about John Edwards.  I think it is wonderful that this is catching on, I love seeing and hearing JRE when I cannot be there.  I also think it is crucial to concentrate on JRE and what he does.  

        I applaud all who take the time to come out and hear this man at an event near them.  Whether you snap a picture, talk one on one with him, you are doing exactly what needs done.  Share your words, pictures with as many as you can.  This man will be our next President and you can have a part in this just by spreading the word and letting people know of his visions.  I will say NC Dem that you are so lucky to be in NC where the action is all the time, and your contributions are many.

    •  HDTV and politicians... (1+ / 0-)
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      If you ask me, high definition TV is far more of a threat to politicians than YouTube video. HDtv shows every wrinkle - every line - every haggard feature on a politician's mug.

      According to Phillip Swan, there's one politician who wouldn't have that problem:

      Like Mrs. Clinton, Edwards looks older in high-def; no one would mistake him for Kerry's son instead of his running mate. (This could be a plus for the youthful-looking Edwards who has been accused of lacking gravitas.) But Edwards' face is smooth and largely unlined and his blue eyes sparkle in high-def. HDTV should be a big advantage for the 2004 vice presidential candidate.

      "Swanni" gives him four 'smilies.' :)

      If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. ~ John F. Kennedy

      by machka on Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 05:47:31 PM PDT

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  •  access = understanding =changing minds=votes (6+ / 0-)

    what you do mbair is so very important for the simple fact of getting information out there.  people can sit at home, look at videos and make up their own minds about which candidates to support and what issues are important to them.  Many I think would shun an actual political rally (what about all those ticked off Republicans out there that wouldn't dare show their face at an Edwards event but want to see what he's about)...what safer way than this.  good for you.  

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