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Politicians have "tamed" the blogsophere?
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, April 12, 2007

Lee Gomes announces in the WSJ that "Political Candidates Have Invaded the Web And Tamed the Blogs". Seriously. It's over. They got us. We're done. We've been co-opted.

That, at least, according to Gome's title.

After spending paragraph after paragraph telling his readers how politicians have successfully moved onto the web, he finally gets to substantiating his claim that they've also been successful in taming political blogs.
There are also blogs, though of a singular sort. When blogging began, it had a rebel vibe to it. Bloggers were supposed to be free thinkers deep in an organization who would tell the straight story about things, the story the public-relations department didn't want you to know. But it didn't take long for blogs to be co-opted. These days, much of the discussion about blogging, at least in the tech blogosphere, involves how companies can best use them for public relations.

Naturally, it's this new, sanitized blogging that has been adopted by the presidential campaigns. Typical blog posts involve the enthusiasm of the crowds at the latest rally or the need for supporters to get out and volunteer.
Oh, the tech blogosphere? Uh, what has that to do with the political blogosphere and it being co-opted?

I don't know about other political bloggers but I feel as cantankerous and as much a "free thinker" now as I did a few years ago. And looking around, I just am not seeing that many bloggers in the political blogosphere (note to Gomes: that is the area of the blogosphere in which politicians are interested, not the tech side) "co-opted" by politicians.

In fact, I'm mostly seeing examples of the opposite effect.

Just watch this disgraceful nonsense going on about Fox News and Democratic presidential candidate debates. Who is dancing to whose tune there, sir?
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It’s interesting Democratic candidates can demand there debates be held in a friendly venue, C.N.N, The Clinton News Network, and skip the more skeptical Fox. If Republicans refused to debate on C.B.S, claiming that network was ‘biased’ toward the Democratic party, they would they would tarred and feathered, then run out of town.
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The MSM gets it wrong about political blogging.
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