Las Vegas SUN: Liberal view grows online: "Liberal view grows onlineGet ringside with this interesting article on the use of the net and politics.
Activists gather at Riviera to hear Democrats
By J. Patrick Coolican, Las Vegas Sun
After news broke last week that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid had accepted free ringside boxing tickets from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, a Web site immediately attacked the reporting.
Reid had voted against the interests of the commission, said the new Web site, TPMmuckraker.com. State law prevented the Nevada Democrat from paying for the tickets.
The Web site continued the rebuttal, making new arguments each time the Associated Press sent out a new story. Eventually, AP issued a defensive response.
Not long ago, a story of that nature about Reid would have gone largely unchallenged. Democrats would have watched, perhaps deflated, as one of its leading lights was pilloried for taking freebies.
Instead, this time, online Democrats were invigorated. For a variety of reasons - political, cultural, technological - liberal Web sites are in ascendance since President Bush's re-election. The most fervent evangelists among them believe they are changing politics."
This is what a real blog fest looks like. And, toss in a summit opportunity too.