Bloggers Hand Fox News Its Ass
I'm exceedingly reluctant to give the political blogosphere more credit than it's due, and I'm generally disposed toward questioning its supposed influence, but Boehlert makes a damn strong case here for one example where the progressive blogosphere blazed a very important trail:
[B]loggers and the entire netroots movement have damaged the Fox News brand and sent a clear signal to Beltway institutions such as the Commission on Presidential Debates that any attempt to bring Fox News into the mainstream, to bestow it with unearned legitimacy, will be met with active protests.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ Bloggers deserve the credit because the pushback they initiated was something that members of the Democratic Party had, for years, refused to do. Instead, they adopted a go-along/get-along strategy with Fox News, hoping that if they were nice (and cooperative) with Fox News, then Fox News would be nice (and cooperative) in response.