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Friday, October 10, 2003


Flood the Zone Friday

posted by annatopia at Friday, October 10, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
We have been slackin' on FTZF for the past few weeks. And while our good friends at haven't posted a specific topic, I'm going to suggest one. Let me say upfront that I absolutely cannot believe we have to address this, but the DDF needs our help. I'm sure you all read Aziz's post about the Hill article. Well, the petards at LittleGreenPartisans have picked it up and they're spreading it like wildfire. DDF needs you to flood the zone with the truth. Here is what I left in the comments of Aziz's post:
the reason for this confusion is that the article WARPS the term "blogger". see, before politicians got hip to this blogging thing, a "blogger" was known as someone who keeps and maintains a weblog. the people who commented on said weblog were called "blog commenters".
now, blog commenters on political blogs have taken to calling themselves "bloggers". technically they are not bloggers, but they've adopted the term anyway. this article misleads people into believing these "bloggers" (read: blog commenters) are paid. truth be told, the campaign "bloggers" (using the non-bastardised term here) are people like zephyr, mathew, and joe who do indeed get paid by DFA. however, none of the blog commenters (or as the article calls them, "bloggers") get paid by DFA. neither does anyone here.

Write the Hill (info is on the DDF article I've linked) and tell them the truth. Nobody here is on the DFA payroll, and nor are the many blog commenters. Thanks for your time. Go!


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