How much influence does Salon’s Glenn Greenwald wield within the White House?

When measuring a media outlet’s influence, the idea that the White House reads or listens to what you have to say would be a good indicator that your political sway reaches far beyond mere readership, but Salon blogger Glenn Greenwald has the distinction of being one of the few who can write something that results in the Obama Administration actually dispatching operatives to push back against his posts. Early last …

Can LGBT blogs influence the national Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell debate?

Last weekend, Bil Browning received an email from John Aravosis, a gay activist and blogger for AMERICAblog. Aravosis and other bloggers were organizing something called a “blog swarm,” an attempt to essentially create a firehose of public outcry aimed at a single target: the Human Rights Campaign, considered by many to be the most influential LGBT lobbying group. With over 700,000 members, the organization wields significant power, a clout …

Did This American Life affect the media conversation about the mortgage crisis?

mortgage closerBy the time articles about the mortgage crisis began hitting the front pages of major newspapers, the story was already old. Reporters were left playing catch-up to the current meltdown and in the process even seasoned news junkies were left confused. With the inverted pyramid style of storytelling, most journalists had a difficult time summarizing a situation that had been years in the making. News consumers were left simply with …

How Virginia college campuses are using Facebook to organize against anti-gay attorney general

Not long ago, Quentin Kidd, a faculty adviser for the student government association at Christopher Newport University, located in Newport News, Virginia, spoke with two politically active students at the school. Nicolaus Usry and Shannon Rhoten, heads of campus Republican and Democrat organizations, had come to him disturbed by a recent letter sent to several schools by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. According to the Washington Post, the letter …

Interview with Madeleine Kane

Madeleine Begun Kane a/k/a/ Mad Kane is an oboist turned lawyer turned freelance humorist. She lives in New York City with hubby Mark, who puts up with her writing (and singing) political song parodies during dinner, even though the poor guy thought he was marrying a nice Jewish lawyer. Mad Kane’s humor has won lots of awards from the MSM. Sadly, however, she’s never won a Koufax – hint, hint, …

How progressive bloggers pressured NYT public editor into addressing Acorn “pimp” hoax

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Brad Friedman had heard from someone at Acorn that the New York Times public editor Clark Hoyt had scheduled a meeting with leaders of the anti-poverty organization, but Hoyt’s column that hit the web over the weekend still came as a surprise to the blogger. Friedman, who writes for the progressive Brad Blog, has just spent the last two months leading a movement pressuring the Times into …

Daily Show co-creator erupts at feminist blogger during Netroots Nation panel

When I heard that Lizz Winstead, the co-creator of the Daily Show, would appear on a blogger “snark” panel at this year’s Netroots Nation, I wondered if the group would address the elephant in the room. It had just been a little over a month since Jezebel — owned by Gawker Media, one of the most well-known purveyors of “snark” — had published a piece called “The Daily Show’s

The ethics of hate mail: Should bloggers post email correspondence without permission?

Melanie Kroll probably doesn’t appreciate the irony of her situation.

She was fired this week from her job at 1-800-Flowers.com, a floral delivery service, after a death threat was sent to popular science blogger PZ Myers from her work email address. The irony stems from the fact that she most likely heard about Myers only because the Catholic League had attempted to get him terminated from his job at the …

The Million Writers Award: raising the profile of online literary journals

A few years ago, Jason Sanford became visibly frustrated. It was during a conversation with the editor of a year’s best short fiction anthology. When Sanford asked the editor to consider stories published in his online literary journal,storySouth, the editor responded that he didn’t consider online magazines to be “real” publications.

Sanford, 36, once edited for Meadowbrook Press, a publisher distributed by Simon & Schuster. Five years ago, …

The dangerous precedent of suing Arianna Huffington

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Jeff Bercovici reports at Forbes that a group of Huffington Post bloggers are filing a lawsuit against the Huffington Post, claiming they deserved to be paid for their work. This lawsuit follows a proposed boycott from the Newspaper Guild, who urged HuffPo’s bloggers to stop writing for the AOL-owned site.

Bercovici shows absolutely no skepticism and fails to even mention the body of criticism that has been launched …