The Liberal Blog Truth Squad

While the New York Times Magazine touts the effectiveness of conservative blogs, the LA Times Magazine writes about the liberal blogs "truth squad" and profiles John Amato of Crooks and Liars.

For political junkies, must-see TV once meant sitting through hours of "Crossfire," "Hannity & Colmes" and "Meet the Press," hoping for the occasional gem. Nowadays, to catch Robert Novak turning the air blue on "Inside Politics" or work yourself into an apoplectic lather over our politicians' latest truth-challenged utterances, you can point your browser to Crooks and Liars , the brainchild of 47-year-old West L.A. musician and liberal-Democrat John Amato. Since last fall, he has been serving up political dish from a decidedly blue-state perspective with daily posts of video and audio streams. Amato, who turned to blogging after an injury scotched his saxophone career during a hiatus from a reunion tour with Duran Duran, currently is receiving between 100,000 and 200,000 hits on the site per day and has even done a few original interviews. We pried him away from his computer for questions from the mainstream media.

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    Re: The Liberal Blog Truth Squad (none / 0) (#1)
    by demohypocrates on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:06:51 PM EST
    I have always been disgusted by the 'liberal media' but am happy to admit that the blogosphere has opened things up. It was great to know that Rather did a report with forged documents and cast discredited his entire account. Whereas some outlets might have questionable credibility, at leasst we can cross-check sources now. We never could before.

    Re: The Liberal Blog Truth Squad (none / 0) (#2)
    by jimcee on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:06:56 PM EST
    It's not effective use of the internet by conservatives to get thier messages across it is the message. If the Left had a more reasonable message it would get better traction. The Dems and the Left just don't understand that it is their message that is ineffective not the medium they use to disseminate it. I wonder what Marshal McCluen would say about the internet?