Friday, February 18, 2005

Self-Assessment Is Good --
According to Daily Kos:

Today, while teaching an Internet Activist Seminar, Mike Krempasky told his conservative youngens, "Daily Kos is a site built by the hard-left. There is no doubt, they are effective - they are freighteningly effective...It's probably bigger than the Washington Times right now."

He was less sparing about Atrios:

"Atrios is a raging left-wing blogger. He actually hates America. He hates apple pie, he even hates his own mother."

While the commentors, predictably, laugh at this statement, it's not too far off.

Daily Kos is the sort of thing that the right has to be afraid of. It's effective at getting a clear message out. I feel that my side, the left, lacks great propagandists. Kos is one of the exceptions. (So is Michael Moore). And DK should be troubling conservatives because it can tap into that communitarian instinct which is inherently anathema to the Republican Party. We need to feel that we're in this together. Yes, it is a bit of an echo chamber and not a place for rational debate, but that is not the point of the site (or at least, it shouldn't be).

Now, on to Atrios. Let's call a spade a spade. Atrios is, quite bluntly, the blogging Ann Coulter of the left. Now, he doesn't hate America any more than the Coulter does, but they are both fruitcakes who think that extremism is a virtue.
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