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Wednesday, August 13, 2003


Dowd on Political Blogs

posted by G at Wednesday, August 13, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
No doubt inspired by Anna's tour of the campaign blogs, the NY Times' Maureen Dowd makes the rounds. Her take on the Dean official blog:
Dr. Dean doesn't deign to write his blog, either, but at least it's fun. Mathew Gross, the Dean campaign's "head blogger" or "blogmaster" — who got his job by blogging and who now writes most of the Dean virtual entries — calls blogs the new town hall meetings. "They've revolutionized the way campaigns are run," he says. "It creates an equality among everybody. People are hungry for the old-fashioned discussion and debate.


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