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Joe Klein: Bloggers spew ‘anger, vitriol and disdain.’

By Matt Corley  

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On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, guest host Willie Geist asked Time’s Joe Klein why presidential candidates were “pandering to the blogosphere” this past weekend at YearlyKos. “There’s an awful lot of anger, vitriol and disdain that spews out of some of these blogs,” responded Klein. “And you don’t want to have Kos or one of those other guys ripping you apart everyday.” Watch it:

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Klein, who has previously written a column titled “Beware the Bloggers’ Bile,” was conspicuously absent at the “Say It to Our Faces” party hosted by Time.com during YearlyKos.

Transcript:

WILLIE GEIST: Very interesting about how, sort of, the blogosphere — the Democratic candidates, at least, sort of pandering to the blogosphere and losing touch with groups like the Democratic Leadership Council. Why are Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Barack Obama, why do they feel the need to answer to the Daily Kos, where they spent the weekend?

JOE KLEIN: Well, two M’s: money and megaphones. You know, the blogosphere has demonstrated a real ability to raise money for favored candidates, so there’s that. And, second of all, they have a very powerful voice in the Democratic party right now. And you don’t want to get on their bad side because they’ll chew you up. There’s an awful lot of anger, vitriol and disdain that spews out of some of these blogs, not all of them. And you don’t want to have Kos or one of these guys ripping you apart everyday.

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