I guess you can't blame them... Since the start of the blogging era, the right-wing blogs have been doing the whole "speaking truth to power" thing very effectively. You know the list, Dan Rather, Eason Jordan, John Kerry etc etc.
The world would be a very different place if not for the blogosphere. But all the left wing blogs have managed to do is get some gay guy to stop getting day passes to the Whitehouse press briefings.
The answer is obvious of course. We have the message on our side. Dan says the memos are real, we know better. The NY Times says thousands of pounds of explosives were missing, we prove the Times to be full of dung. More recently some goof-ball communist claims the U.S. military ambushed her but we had the facts on our side again.
So it should come as no surprise that, having no message, liberal bloggers are seeking a way to manipulate the news media. From the NY Times:
Liberal Bloggers Reaching Out to Major MediaThe bridge is already there.... It's called a web browser. If the lefty bloggers have anything worth saying, the message would get out, just like it does from the right. After the Tsunami, a blog that was only like 3 weeks old became the #1 blog in the blogosphere in just a few hours because he linked the videos of the event. When there is content, the blogosphere is breathtakingly efficient.
Even as online pundits criticize traditional news organizations as slow, biased and technologically challenged, a group of bloggers is trying to use old-fashioned telephone conference calls to share their ideas with newspaper and television journalists.
The bloggers, who describe themselves as liberal or progressive, say the conference calls are intended to counter what they regard as the much stronger influence of conservative pundits online. Bob Fertik, president of Democrats.com, the host of the two calls so far, views them as a step toward getting their reports out to mainstream news organizations.
While there is no way to know precisely who dialed in, reporters from news organizations including CBS, The Washington Post, Newsweek, MSNBC and The National Journal asked for a call-in number, according to one participant.
"We hope to build a bridge," Mr. Fertik said, adding that different bloggers would be invited to share their reporting on each call. "We hope that good credible stories that are broken on the Internet find their way into coverage in the mainstream media."
What is really going on here is that liberals don't have a message and haven't had the facts on their side. The right-wing blogs have had a stronger influence because we have had the facts on our side! They have no ideas other than to oppose George Bush and they routinely manage to find a way to be cheering for your enemies. The media does that just fine already!
So the liberal bloggers, being good liberals, play the victim card; "You guys in the media keep reporting what is said on righty blogs and not on liberal blogs."
This is just silly. The media has more than enough liberals already, they don't need the blogosphere to play back-up. -- Indeed, if there were more conservatives in the MSM, then we right-wing bloggers would not have near as much material.
At the end of the day it comes down to content. If the lefty blogs were on the right side of the facts, the media would find them. Rather than trying to manipulate the media thru conference calls, why don't the liberal bloggers just get on their blogs and find something impressive to say?
But Noooo... Rather than compete in the arena of ideas, they want a "media subsidy" to "level the playing field."
They want affirmative action for boring bloggers.