"The Media Descends on YearlyKOS"
As you may have noticed, blogging has been a bit lighter than usual. The ThinkProgress team is at the YearlyKOS convention, held at the fabulous Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas.
There are about a thousand bloggers and blog readers here. But the place is also overrun by journalists. Organizers “put the ratio of conference-goers to reporters at eight to one.” (At the media training we hosted yesterday, we were outnumbered by reporters from The New York Times.) I’m not exactly sure why so many of them came, so I decided to review what they’ve written so far:
Time Magazine: Are Left-leaning Bloggers Ready for Their Close-up? Excerpt: “The crowd is older and more professional than coverage of the blogosphere might lead one to expect. In the session on recruiting progressive candidates for local office, there’s an ER doctor, an AIDS activist, a high-school teacher and a representative from the Organic Consumers Association. There are some that conform to type: thirtyish and pale, sloppily dressed and bleary-eyed. Those are the journalists.”
Scripps Howard: Bloggers, Dems to convene in Las Vegas. Excerpt: “With the past couple of years, courting bloggers in towns across the country has become as much a part of the ritual for some politicians as attending union rallies or Chamber of Commerce dinners. ‘When I go anyplace now, I’ll usually call some of the key bloggers,’ said Warner, who also is hosting a party for bloggers at this week’s convention. ‘I’m trying to shift the debate from ‘left vs. right’ to ‘future vs. past.””
New York Sun: Democrats Flocking to Vegas As Blogs Flex New Muscle. Excerpt: “Could these laptop-strewn hotel hallways be the 21st-century equivalent of the smoke-filled rooms of yesteryear?”
San Francisco Chronicle: Top Dems convene, drawn by bay blog
Daily Kos activists have gained clout. Excerpt: “‘There’s this myth that if you see five people standing next to each other, the blogger is going to be the weirdest-looking one,’ said Faiz Shakir, a 26-year-old who is deputy research director at the liberal think tank Center for American Progress. ‘Look around. That doesn’t seem to be the case here.'”
National Review: The Two Worlds of the Liberal Blogosphere. Excerpt: “That is the contrast of YearlyKos. On the one hand, Moulitsas speaks as if he has won the political game, while on the other side some of his followers worry that they’re not even in it.” (National Review published another peice about our media training.)
I’m not sure what the reporters were hoping to find out by coming here. So far what they’ve discovered hasn’t been earth shattering: 1) many liberal bloggers don’t fit into the stereotypes the media has created, 2) liberal bloggers are respected (and feared) by politicians, and 3) liberal bloggers disagree about stuff. Check your local paper for more breaking news.
UPDATE: The New York Times joins the fray:
New York Times: Liberal Bloggers Gather in Las Vegas for Convention. Excerpt: “[T]he YearlyKos convention is giving bloggers a three-dimensional presence where they are seen and heard here, sometimes in unison, as well as read online…And the only one in pajamas “” forgive what has become the cliched description by critics of bloggers “” is me, since my editors dragged me out of bed this morning to write about the convention for yes, the website.”