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Kos on CNN

I see the Kos and Josh Marshall got discussed on Wolf Blitzer’s show on Friday. The comparison of blogs to talk radio is a bit cliched, but I take great pleasure in this:

Very interesting study out of George Washington says about 15 to 20 million people are now actively using the Internet and these Web logs in particular, sites like Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo. And what’s significant here is that Democrats are using this to shape the agenda, because, remember, lots of Washington reporters read these. They’re using these to excite their own base, just like conservative talk show radio does.


The George Washington study says that of the people who they consider online political citizens, not 1 percent, not 2 percent, but 50 percent are considered Democrat. Only 27 percent are considered Republicans.

(Transcript here.) ‘Twas a time when everyone agreed that the political blogworld leaned decidedly right. Not any more.

I’m wondering when someone in the mainstream media will notice that in two days, Atrios has raised $42,000 for John Kerry. Though I expect the rate of giving to slow down, it still shouldn’t take more than a month or so of “John Kerry Thursdays” to make him the equivalent of a Pioneer, which in that context would mean fabulous prizes and the legislation of his choice. Not too shabby for an anonymous dude on the Internet. Who here thinks that Kos and Atrios (possibly among others) will be honored guests at the Democratic convention this summer? I for one think they deserve it.

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