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Saturday, January 10, 2004


Use The O-Blog

posted by Dana at Saturday, January 10, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
There are days when the Dean Nation blog is your best stop for all things Dean.

For one thing we're always filled with bloggy goodness, from Aziz and Anna, Matt B and Trammell, Christopher and others (including yours truly).

There are also times when we have the news before the O-Blog, as when Bill Bradley and Tom Harkin endorsed Governor Dean. The O-Blog had to wait, because the O stands for Official.

But then there are days, like today, where the O-blog is the only source, because they have the resources to get to the truth of things.

Such as the "gotcha" being played against us by the press hordes, led by CNN and NBC, who want to control the process themselves, and have a horse race they can cover right to the convention.

The link above is to a transcript of Joe Trippi's interview with Paula Zahn yesterday, where she tried to play him on the charge that Dean believes Bush was behind 9/11. (He's not, but says when an Administration isn't forthcoming rumors like this, which he doesn't believe, are the result.) When Zahn refused to listen to Trippi's answer, he jumped to another subject, black box voting, which illustrates the same point -- in the absence of clear information people believe what they want. She didn't get it, but read the transcript and you will.

The O-blog does a similar job today on NBC's "gotcha" story of the Canadian tapes, the nonsense that Dean hates the caucus process. Run that tape five more seconds and the whole thing is put away, in context. But I watched the governor yesterday with Judy Woodruff, and she refused to put it away -- just kept making the same claim over-and-over. The Governor, to his credit, held his temper. (I would have throttled her -- be glad this ain't Dana Nation.)

The point is we can use the resource of the O-Blog to knock down bogus charges through the blogosphere, within hours. And we should.

If you know someone who is believing nonsense, point them to the O-blog. Print out these items. Use them in your leafletting. Use the power of the blog today.


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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.