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Friday, March 14, 2003


New York Times on the Dean Meetups

posted by Scott at Friday, March 14, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
The New York Times ran a piece yesterday on the March 5 Dean Meetup at the Essex in New York City. It's a hugely positive piece citing the importance of grassroots internet organizing for the Dean campaign. Speaking about the organizer,, The Times points out:

... the site lists groups for supporters of Democratic candidates like Representative Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri and Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, and for backers of President Bush. But none so far are as well populated as those for Dr. Dean, a physician who is an outspoken opponent of war with Iraq.

Dean is played up as the antiwar candidate, although without the one-trick-pony spin Fox News applied to the good doctor in their analysis of the meetup. The most important thing, it seems to me, is the fact that the New York Times is paying attention to the fact that Dean's support is real, grassroots, and anything but orchestrated.

(Thanks to Braham, who earlier posted a link to the story on the message board.)


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