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High Praise For Terrorist-Loving Kos Founder

From the terrorist lovers at the UK’s Guardian:

Top politicians pay homage to king of bloggers

Presidential hopefuls woo Las Vegas convention

Paul Harris
Sunday June 11, 2006

For many, they are the nerds of US politics: laptop warriors, with brains full of statistics, no social life and devoting too much time to arcane policy details.

But last week the political blogger – someone who runs an online journal – emerged into the mainstream and shed the stereotype in the glare and glitz of a Las Vegas casino. At their helm was former soldier Markos Moulitsas. At the age of 34, Moulitsas has progressed from private policy nerd to one of the best- known public voices in Democratic politics, described last week on Time.com as ‘the left’s own Kurt Cobain and Che Guevara rolled into one’.

Thousands of bloggers gathered last week in the Riviera to exchange ideas, debate and plot their steady takeover of journalism and political debate from newspapers, magazines and television.

Anyone who thinks blogging is over-rated should have looked at the guest list of power players who followed the blogging herd to Las Vegas to woo and be wooed by these latest additions to the political scene. Reporters and columnists from all the main newspapers showed up, as did Democratic strategists. Even potential Democrat candidates for the 2008 presidential election pitched up to network and sell their political wares to the online community…

Mark Warner, a former Democratic governor of Virginia, was there. So was Harry Reid, the Senate minority leader. Former Democrat presidential candidate General Wesley Clark was there, too, as was Bill Richardson, the Democratic governor of New Mexico…

Reid also heaped praise on the blogging community, saying it had played a vital role in some Democratic political victories in the past year. ‘They [bloggers] have the ability to spread the truth like no entities I’ve dealt with in recent years. We could never have won the battle to stop privatisation of social security without them,’ he told the New York Times

No one better illustrates the rise of the blogger than Moulitsas, founder of the hugely influential left-wing blog The Daily Kos and the person whom the Yearly Kos 2006 Vegas convention was named after. He started his blog several years ago as a personal project, but his fan base has turned him into one of the most influential voices of the left.

The Daily Kos rose to prominence during the doomed nomination campaign of Howard Dean in 2004. Dean’s campaign was the first to recognise the growing importance of the internet for raising money and debating ideas and the Daily Kos became an important forum for his supporters. Though Dean lost to John Kerry in the nomination battle, the impact of the bloggers remained important.

Moulitsas has even written a best-selling book offering advice to Democrat bloggers on how to win back America after two terms of Republican rule. He arrived at the conference with his own media advisers in tow and was greeted in a manner more befitting a rock star than a political analyst. He was mobbed for his autograph and people crowded around to have their photos taken with him.

Moulitsas now has more readers than many large American newspapers. His website gets about 20 million unique visits each month, a figure that dwarfs many global media organisations. This has made him a genuine power in politics. His views are sought out by political journalists and he has appeared as a pundit on television…

Funny that the Guardian didn’t mention that Moulitsas was eventually forced to admit to his duped readers that he was a longtime paid stooge of (then Democrat candidate) Howard Dean:

On Dean’s campaign, we paid Markos and Jerome Armstrong as consultants, largely in order to ensure that they said positive things about Dean. We paid them over twice as much as we paid two staffers of similar backgrounds, and they had several other clients.
While they ended up also providing useful advice, the initial reason for our outreach was explicitly to buy their airtime. To be very clear, they never committed to supporting Dean for the payment — but it was very clearly, internally, our goal.

The Guardian also failed to note that the America-hating Moulitsas (whose pro-Communist parents came here as political refugees) loves terrorists so much he celebrated their brutal murder of US contractors in Iraq:

Let the people see what war is like. This isn’t an Xbox game. There are real repercussions to Bush’s folly. That said, I feel nothing over the death of merceneries [sic] . They aren’t in Iraq because of orders, or because they are there trying to help the people make Iraq a better place. They are there to wage war for profit. Screw them.

But after all, this is the Guardian. And not a real newspaper.


Lest we forget, one of the gimmicks the everso successful Daily Kos tried to resort to in order to raise money for their "convention." They tried to auction off a date with Mother Sheehan on eBay — in direct violation of eBay’s rules:

Speaking Engagement with Cindy Sheehan

Have Cindy speak to your group. Proceeds to nonprofit.   Item number: 6034322259

Current bid: US $1,025.00

Time left: 3 days 7 hours
7-day listing, Ends Feb-12-06 18:45:00 PST
History: 4 bids   (US $900.00 starting bid)
Item location: United States
United States
Ships to: United States
Shipping costs: FREE — Other (see description)

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Speaking Engagement with Cindy Sheehan

Have this courageous mother and powerful advocate for truth speak to your group.

The journey toward truth often begins with one simple act of faith and determination.

Cindy Sheehan spent months searching for answers for why her son had to give his life in Iraq, and months traveling across the country wading through the spin and the lies seeking a truth that never came. When enough was at long last enough, Cindy went to Crawford, Texas and sat down.

And in that one quiet moment of determination, a ripple of truth became a great river, joined in its journey by the tributaries of thousands of others who could not ignore the simple power of one grieving mother asking, "Why?"

Cindy has become an inspiration to many who fight for truth. She is an example of the extraordinary power we each possess to make change in the world.

Because we in the progressive community are on this journey with her, Cindy is generously donating some of her time to help raise money for the YearlyKos Convention (see below for more info on YearlyKos).

You are bidding on a speaking engagement with Cindy Sheehan . Cindy will come speak to a group of your choice (within the continental US)*, and any speaking fees and transportation costs will be waived ( your group will only need to provide lodging for the night ).

This is a wonderful opportunity to treat your group to an evening of motivation, inspiration, truth, and t he indomitable power of a mother’s love… and you get to help out the progressive cause, to boot! How great is that?

* Note: Because of the obvious potential for right-wing shenanigans, Cindy retains the right to refuse to speak to groups antithetical to her cause or offensive to her beliefs. If no group can be agreed upon, the winning bidder will receive a full refund.


The proceeds of this auction benefit the YearlyKos organization. YearlyKos is dedicated to organizing and supporting an annual meeting of progressive netroot activists. The first YearlyKos will provide 1500 convention attendants and tens of thousands of online participants (via webcasting and live blogging) with training sessions, panel discussions, and lectures by leading lights of the blogosphere (including activists, politicians, and technical experts). Most importantly, it will provide the opportunity for progressive citizens to meet with each other and form connections.  Our auction proceeds will go toward our effort to keep the registration cost at an affordable level and include as many people as possible in this important meeting-of-minds. Non-profit status pending in the state of Pennsylvania.

Please bid generously!

The 2006 YearlyKos convention will be held in Las Vegas at the Riviera Hotel, June 8 – 11. You can find out more at www.yearlykos.org.

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EBay eventually pulled this offer. So I guess Kos raised the scratch some other way.

But what a classy operation.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, June 11th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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