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Monday, December 15, 2003


Distortions Abound

posted by Brian Ulrich at Monday, December 15, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Yesterday I got a bit aggravated at things like this, where a single comment posted to the Blog for America was used to portray all Dean supporters as mourning Saddam's capture in ways that clearly contradicted reality. But I moved on, figuring that if people had nothing better to attack than a single blog comment which for all I know could have been posted by someone just trying to mock us, everyone would just dismiss it as the campaign got going and they saw the real Dean.

Tonight, however, I got home and turned on CBS News while eating dinner, wondering how they would cover Dean's truly nifty foreign policy address linked to above. I was sorely disappointed. They mentioned Dean twice in the entire newscast. The first was in their discussion of Bush's press conference, when they mentioned Dean's comment about the Saudis providing knowledge of September 11. Bush deriding the notion was given full play. Then, later, they mentioned how most Democrats praised the capture of Saddam Hussein, "but..." Howard Dean insisted it had not made Americans safer. (I forget the exact words to all this...maybe someone else has them.)

Friends, the view of Dean as some far-left radical peacenik appears entrenched, and our candidate isn't going to dislodge it without our help. I've only been a Deaniac for nine days, so I don't know what we do at times like these, but whatever it is, let's go do it!


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Nation-Building was founded by Aziz Poonawalla in August 2002 under the name Dean Nation. Dean Nation was the very first weblog devoted to a presidential candidate, Howard Dean, and became the vanguard of the Dean netroot phenomenon, raising over $40,000 for the Dean campaign, pioneering the use of Meetup, and enjoying the attention of the campaign itself, with Joe Trippi a regular reader (and sometime commentor). Howard Dean himself even left a comment once. Dean Nation was a group weblog effort and counts among its alumni many of the progressive blogsphere's leading talent including Jerome Armstrong, Matthew Yglesias, and Ezra Klein. After the election in 2004, the blog refocused onto the theme of "purple politics", formally changing its name to Nation-Building in June 2006. The primary focus of the blog is on articulating purple-state policy at home and pragmatic liberal interventionism abroad.