Best Traditional Media Article On Yearly Kos I've Ever Read
Good work by Jose Antonio Vargas, understanding the impact of the convention and the makeup of the netroots. Key graf:
There is no one leader, the name of the convention notwithstanding, and it's a disparate, unorganized community that's almost impossible to categorize. While the leading bloggers are in their 20s and 30s, the rank-and-file are older, in their 40s and 50s. The common assumption is that the Net roots is monolithic and full of ideologues. It is neither. It is made up of people who are mostly interested in getting Democrats elected -- and making sure Democrats stay in power.
This is about a progressive movement, not any one blog or one leader (in fact, next year, this won't be called Yearly Kos, I learned - learned! - from the article). It's about a committed group of tens of thousands of individuals coming together to do the hard work of taking back their government.
UPDATE: If you want to see a piece of shit article about the convention, check this from Katherine Seeyle. She actually gets right a small note about the convention, then commits journalistic malpractice:
The (Presidential) candidates are coming to speak on stage to the roughly 1,500 people here and then take questions in individual break-out sessions, which will have room for about 200 people each.
Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator Barack Obama and former Senator John Edwards are among those coming. And, it seemed, they were all participating in the break-out sessions.
While they are all still coming for the main show, it turns out that Senator Clinton is not attending the break-out session. Her campaign says it told the Kos organizers a week ago that she would not be attending the individual session, but the organizers did not announce it until tonight, at the opening dinner. The announcement drew big boos from the audience.
That's all true. Then...
But hey, this is a tough crowd. Later in the evening, they booed Mother Theresa.
Hey fool, that was during a PUB QUIZ, and people were yelling because they got the question wrong. Thanks for the absolute slander. I'm sure to see it become wingnut mythology within minutes today, something we'll hear for the next 20 years. All because you don't understand a thing.