It’s no secret that bloggers are becoming more influential. It’s also no secret that networks and newspapers are cutting back, closing their foreign desks, tightening their belts. The mainstream media even has an acronym now, MSM. The MSM is starting to cover the blogosphere as a legitimate news item.
Last night on NPR “The Netroots” was discussed in relation to whether the bloggers are going to be able to influence the Democratic candidate and pull him back from his recent policy changes that were described as “centrist”. I think we’re going to see more of this type of coverage as the date for the Dailykos’ “Netroots Nation” convention gets closer.
If this is a “nation”, I want to secede. I don’t think FISA is “centrist”. I think it’s reactionary and dangerous.
Dailykos doesn’t think so. They started supporting FISA when Obama did. I don’t personally follow Dailykos on a regular basis, I find it too tedious to sift through all the self-important fluff. But this gives some insight to what they are doing over there, also this is a sample of the arguments they use. For what it’s worth, the NPR piece considered Huffington Post to typify the blogosphere, but it’s Kos that will be in the headlines this weekend.
Another blogger here has questioned the partiality of the convention, pointing out several workshops on immigration, telecoms, military contractors and lobbyists. I don’t know what will be presented at these sessions, but I don’t see any specific session on FISA. I also see
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this will be an Obama love-fest and that the message to bloggers will be “fall in line”.
Kos and his “netroots nation” does not represent me. It does not represent the 24,122 members who signed the petition on Obama’s own website to “please lead other Democrats to get FISA right”. I am not going to shill for Obama. The Cthulhu for President campaign–“why vote for the lesser of two evils”–is looking better and better.
But it looks like the mainstream media is going to be using the Netroots Nation as publicity for the new Obama “centrist” agenda. The Netroots is being coopted by the establishment. This isn’t grassroots anymore, it’s Animal Farm and the Bolshevik revolution all over again. “Change you can believe in” has morphed into “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”.
So what are we gonna do about it?
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