Yearly Kos: National Press Pays Attention
Here's all you need to know about how influential the YearlyKos convention has become: Five top presidential candidates are going....Analysts say the community of liberal online activists -- the "netroots" -- has become not only a coveted constituency for the left but a legitimate threat to conservatives, who trail Democrats in online campaigning and fundraising.
There will be 200 journalists covering Yearly Kos. The right will be criticizing, but, I suspect, speaking to their echo chamber.
The article also compares blogs in 2007 to those in 2004:
The netroots have come a long way from the 2004 Democratic National Convention, when it was big news that bloggers were given media credentials.
Most of the public didn't even know what a blog was then. We've come a long way, but it's where we're going and what we are going to do that counts.
We're going to take this country back, through people-powered politics. I'd bet if you compare the number of registered voters among those who read progressive blogs, factoring in those they influence and interact with on a regular basis, to those who listen to right-wing talk radio and cable news shows, it's not even close.
So let the right spout off. They may have listeners, but they no longer have the influence. They don't have a candidate who espouses their core values and all of their candidates bring enough baggage to sink the Titanic. The Bush Administration is the monkey on their back and they won't be smart enough to make a clean break until it's too late.
Yearly Kos is a success not because it's "liberal" or "leftist" but because its filled with committed people who believe in the power of the individual to make a difference and who care about righting the wrongs that have taken place during the past 8 years of the Bush Administration.
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