TalkLeft Joins Newsweek's "The Ruckus"

TalkLeft is now part of Newsweek's blog coverage, with all of our election posts appearing simultaneously as we post them here on Newsweek's group blog page, The Ruckus. Here is their press release announcing it.

Newsweek and the Media Bloggers Association (MBA) have invited three new blogs to join 'The Ruckus,' a group blog about politics published by Newsweek.com. Joining 'The Ruckus' are Brian Leubitz of Calitics, Jeralyn Merritt of TalkLeft and David Oatney of The World According to Oatney.

"The newest contributors to 'The Ruckus' represent key states in the 2008 presidential race -- California, Colorado and Tennessee," said Deidre Depke, editor of Newsweek.com. "As the campaign progresses, we'll periodically introduce new blogs to reflect the changing political landscape."

Big Tent Democrat's election posts are included as well -- his posts appear with his byline to differentiate them from mine. [More...]

'The Ruckus joins Newsweek's growing stable of blogs, including Stumper, a politics blog by Newsweek's Andrew Romano. Other participants in 'The Ruckus' include John Amato,Crooks and Liars; Faye Anderson; Joe Gandelman,The Moderate Voice; James Joyner, Outside the Beltway; Ed Morrissey, Captain's Quarters; and Oliver Willis.

I hope you'll bookmark the Ruckus homepage so you can catch our latest election posts all in one place.

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    Congrats! (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by NJDem on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 11:48:26 AM EST
    Great news!  This is the most civil, objective, and focused blog I can think of.  

    Congratulations (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by BDB on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 12:00:32 PM EST
    You guys deserve the broader readership and recognition!

    wow! we have our jeralyn and btd to thank. (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by hellothere on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 12:07:26 PM EST
    they come up with the ideas for the diaries and then lead the written comments with taste and interesting responses.

    they are to be commended and hopefully will set a balanced tone to the media spin cycle.

    Congratulations I think (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by BernieO on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 12:19:09 PM EST
    I have mixed feelings about this. If this exposure leads to a lot of trolling it will not be a good thing. I really appreciate the intelligence that the posters here exhibit and will be very frustrated if this changes.

    My reaction also. (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by oculus on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 12:31:39 PM EST
    won't happen (none / 0) (#19)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 12:49:42 PM EST
    The Newsweek site may direct readers here, but before they can comment they must register for a free account. And our comments section will continue to be monitored.

    Re monitoring: (none / 0) (#25)
    by oculus on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 01:19:20 PM EST
    Seems to be consuming a lot of the time and attention of you and BTD and is rather disruptive to reading the comments.  Would you two consider just deleting/banning/whatever w/o commenting on whatever the decision was?  

    problem is (none / 0) (#27)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 01:28:47 PM EST
    it can make the comments thread not make sense particularly if people replied to the objectionable comment. Sometimes we do that though, depends on how much time we have.

    For supporters of all candidates (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 12:36:44 PM EST
    I do not care what you think of me, Jeralyn, this site or the other comenters, do not insult them or us. Do not comment on our bias or our morals.

    When you are suspended for the day, do no comment further that day.

    If you can not abide by these simple rquirements, please leave.

    Congratulations - Much Deserved Recognition n/t (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by MO Blue on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 12:59:10 PM EST

    Good for You! (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by BarnBabe on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 01:04:52 PM EST
    I put you on my BlogRoll when BTD came on over. I only list 2. I thought I was enrolled but found out that I was not and only recently joined the commentors. I find it nice not to be swamped by Obamamania. A good candidate but it is like SuperBowl hype for a team. Like there is nothing more happening in the world that needs reporting. We know there is and so much is being overlooked. Your team seems to be strong but not overly confident or overly pushy. The Obamamania guys help me decide to support Hillary. Thank you.

    Great news and congratulations! (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by standingup on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 02:54:31 PM EST
    I think Talkleft will be a great addition to The Ruckus.  Nice to see the great work here getting more exposure.

    Congratulations. Well deserved for both of you. (none / 0) (#1)
    by Teresa on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 11:41:12 AM EST

    Congratulations!! (none / 0) (#2)
    by Stellaaa on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 11:42:58 AM EST

    Congratulations to (none / 0) (#3)
    by athyrio on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 11:43:22 AM EST
    Talk Left and its extremely wonderful bloggers. I am proud to know you and thank you for your wonderful converage of this primary as I know it hasn't been easy for you both....

    very cool (none / 0) (#4)
    by jdj on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 11:46:21 AM EST

    Will all the material posted there also (none / 0) (#5)
    by oculus on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 11:46:26 AM EST
    appear here?  Thanks.  And congrats.

    all posts in the election 2008 (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 11:48:23 AM EST
    category, and only those posts, will appear on Newsweek's page. It's a live page, and as soon as the posts go up here, they will appear there as well.

    Congratulations (none / 0) (#8)
    by PlayInPeoria on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 11:48:27 AM EST
    BTD and you do such a good job of balancing the insite from all sides.... thanks

    wow (none / 0) (#9)
    by along on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 11:53:42 AM EST

    Not sure how I feel about this (none / 0) (#10)
    by Salt on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 11:54:58 AM EST
    Alter's anti Clinton shes dead appearance on Charlie Rose the night before NH was way out of line not to mention totally wrong, he has also written that more women are not needed in the Party I agree but I am sure the Republicans would enjoy them trotting over to McCain in Nov as they are the largest demographic in the Dem electorate white women were 44 percent of Kerrys vote, and he appears regularly as others from Newsweek do on MSNBC's Tweetys channel. Oh well, meaningless to me I canceled my subscription when they hired Rove, and no longer watch MSNBC or read Wapo, for me I am done with these biased Hillary haters and their punditry its bad for the country.  That will be the good thing that comes from this election much of the political punditry have shown they can not be trusted as competent professionals.

    Many congrats! (none / 0) (#13)
    by Marvin42 on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 12:09:50 PM EST
    To add an intelligent comment: wooohooo! :)

    Congrats on the new gig (none / 0) (#15)
    by Ellie on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 12:23:10 PM EST
    Is it just me or did anyone else sense a faint disturbance in the dark side of the force when s/he read this announcement?

    Nice to know that long pants media will suck a little less this election season.

    Hey now, congrats J! (none / 0) (#18)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 12:39:34 PM EST
    Your comments numbers have doubled or tripled over the past month or so, I expect they'll increase even more now.

    I still plan to close the threads (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 12:52:27 PM EST
    at around 200 comments. After that, everything has pretty much been said and no one should have to spend the time scrolling through that many comments. Also, it's about the breaking point for site speed, after that, thread starts loading very slowly.  I don't want to go to a non-fixed width comment page, and that's what it would take to change that.

    Sounds like a good plan. (none / 0) (#21)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 12:54:11 PM EST
    After 200 comments (none / 0) (#24)
    by Prabhata on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 01:10:23 PM EST
    Congratulations - Newsweek is one of the better magazines.  Also I enjoy reading the comments here, but after at about 100 I start running out of gas. 200 comments is abundantly enough.

    Hey Congrats! (none / 0) (#26)
    by Fredster on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 01:19:26 PM EST
    I forget now where I found you all from (Taylor Marsh?) but y'all are bookmarked and I read this site several times a day.  

    After the last few weeks/months I had to find something better than America Blog and Daily Kos.  Yuck!  Am.Blog got to the point it lost all objectivity as far as I was concerned.

    Again congrats!

    Well... (none / 0) (#29)
    by desertswine on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 03:43:06 PM EST
    whaddaya know?  

    Wow! (none / 0) (#30)
    by andreww on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 06:21:57 PM EST

    Nice promo for your blog J (none / 0) (#31)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 06:39:26 PM EST
    earned and deserved.