Denver Convention and New Media
Because the blogosphere and all its scions have much more prominence, and arguably more influence, with respect to this year’s election, I’ve been lazily paying more attention to how new media is tackling the subject at hand. I think the following presentation is a prime example of what new media can offer, and foreshadows the power of the medium to come: 
The "We" includes the "New Media"
David Carr, of the NYT, and speaking about why the MSM finally had to cover the Edwards affair, acknowledges reality:"I was taught when I was a young reporter that it’s news when we say it is. I think that’s still true — it’s news when ’we’ say it is. It’s just who ’we’ is has changed," Carr said."
 
"Boondoggle" time
I’ll be traveling today, as it is time to put my "paid shill of the oil company’s" hat on again.Yes, the American Petroleum Institute is sponsoring (as in paying all expenses) another trip to a petroleum industry site in order to ply us with booze, glamor and big city lights with an eye toward getting a favorable blog post or two out of us.Las Vegas? Los Angeles? New York?Uh, no - Billings, MT, where we’re going
 
The Next Right
Patrick Ruffini, Soren Dayton and I are launching a new project, The Next Right.  
Now! Hampshire
New Media political consultant Patrick Hynes has just rolled out a new site, Now! Hampshire - essentially, a citizen media project asking "citizen[s] in the Granite State to take up their pens and note pads—along with the video and audio recorders—and start a news beat of their own."He starts it up with an  
Democrats and the Netroots: a stylistic divide
The Politico picks up on the struggle between the Leftroots and the Democratic Presidential candidates...The nation’s top Democrats are suddenly rushing to appear on the Fox News Channel, which they once had shunned as enemy territory as the nemesis of liberal bloggers. The détente with Fox has provoked a backlash from progressive bloggers, who contend the party’s leaders are turning their backs on the ba
 
New Guards
MSNBC’s First Read acknowledges the truth...The left-wing blogosphere is MUCH more powerful than what you see on the right this cycle and it reminds us of the advantage Bush had in ’04. While we all know about that so-called right-wing voice machine, don’t forget that there is now a left-wing noise machine (on the internet) as well. And it has found its voice. The
 
Don’t Encourage the Campaign Trolls
LGF and Ace ’o Spades are poking the Barack Obama campaign over a weird, anti-semitic rant posted by a user (User: Ikey G-Khan Galacticca...really) to the community section of the Obama campaign website. Meanwhile, Real
 
Michael Yon in the NYT
Michael Yon gets a pretty good writeup in the New York Times.Like most bloggers, Mr. Yon has an agenda, writing often that the United States’ mission to build a stable, democratic Iraq is succeeding and must continue. He rarely disparages those who disagree, though, and he does
 
"If I give you my pistol, will you take it?"
I love this exchange Michael Totten relates:“Are you a strict non-combatant?” Second Lieutenant Mike Barefoot said to me as we stepped out of the joint security station in Jolan, Northern Fallujah, and began a patrol.“What do you mean?” I said. Of course I am a non-combatant. Was he asking if I’m a pacifist?“Do you fight?” he said.
 
Bhutto: "Osama bin Laden murdered" - a conspiracy theorist’s delight
This video is making the rounds (first seen at Jawa Report). In the inteview, apparently made not long after the first attempt on Bhutto’s life, she says that one of those she feels had a hand in the attempt "murdered Osama bin Laden".Most feel what she probably meant to say was "Daniel Pearl". But, as Rusty Shackleford says, this will become the grist of many a conspiracy theor
 
Global Incident Map
A reader pointed the Global Incident Map out to me. It’s a real-time map showing all the terrorist and other suspicious activities that are current around the world (to include a map location and a link). Below the map is a scrolling box with the latest 30 incidents. And below that are the details of the incidents broken down by category.Another available map is the  
Yahoo! Rise of the Citizen 2.0
I attended the Yahoo! Rise of the Citizen 2.0 event being described in various places  
Online Political Dynamics: Left and Right
Patrick Ruffini (and here and here), Matt Stoller,