I’m proud of my fellow bloggers who contributed to the defeat of the shamnesty Bill. Our voice is being heard and we make a great team with Talk radio. Our voice will continue to be heard and we will continue to discuss important issues with a sense of clarity, fortitude, and intelligence not based on emotion or drivel. People will forever despise this combined effort as they will see it as more of a threat to them than ever before.
Could this eventually be the new mainstream media in America?
By JUNE KRONHOLZ and AMY SCHATZ
July 3, 2007; Page A5
Political activism on the Internet — and in the so-called blogosphere, in particular — has long been considered a liberal stronghold. But conservative bloggers show increasing signs of their own coming of age.
They took a major leap forward by playing a central role in scuttling the Senate immigration bill. Meanwhile, many of the most popular talk-radio hosts are now posting on blogs, and the frequent collaboration of the two media is creating a unified conservative voice that is likely to be an important factor in the 2008 elections.
One example: Fred Thompson, the actor and former Tennessee senator, was posting his ABC Radio commentaries and other opinion pieces on popular conservative opinion sites for several months before he took the first steps toward a White House run.
But the immigration bill marked the first time conservative Web logs could claim to have targeted and derailed a major piece of legislation. The triumph underscored their increasing influence and signaled that the balance of online power may be evening out in the political arena.
The confluence of blogs and conservatives’ dominance on radio is an especially potent mix. Talk-radio and conservative bloggers don’t always work hand in hand, but they have been effective when they do.
The Bush administration was forced to withdraw former White House Counsel Harriet Miers’s nomination to the Supreme Court after conservatives on talk radio and on blogs complained about the choice. Currently, the two are railing against talk by some Democrats about bringing back the “Fairness Doctrine,” which required broadcasters to balance coverage on controversial topics.