Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

April 27, 2004

by J

Factless DLC, Misreading the Blogosophere, Unworthy NYT

Kevin Drum allows DLC President Bruce Reed to guest post. Reed whines that there wasn't enough religious representation at the March For Women's Lives. I was there. I disagree with Bruce in the comments thread and said:
What time did you get to the march, Bruce? There were speeches in the morning by pastors (I didn't stay for the afternoon). I saw many signs from the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. There's at least one report that about 5,000 UUs were there. The list of cosponsors includes the African American Women's Clergy Assn., All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, American Friends Service Committee, Board of Directors, Congregation Bhai Birth of Somerville, Catholics for a Free Choice, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Clergy Advisory Board of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Congregation Bet Mishpachah, ... and that's only getting a few of the As, Bs, and Cs in that list.

I was actually impressed at how much religious representation there was (on stage and off).

Could it be that you were seeing what you wanted to see?

Why does the DLC always behave so divisively?
Kevin also, without argument, quoted a guy who believes there are almost no female bloggers. I think Kevin needs to start listening to and quoting people who actually bother to do research or at least argue from some semblance of facts again. Of course, in this same post Kevin gives the NYTimes a pass suggesting that human nature just won't allow any better journalism and the Times is the best we can expect, so maybe my expectations are too high.
Posted by J at April 27, 2004 07:14 AM

It looks to me like Bruce Reed wrote most of it before the March, didn't bother to look for the (readily available) contrary evidence, and Kevin D. passed it along under his masthead without checking it out either.

The blogosphere continues to adopt the bad habits of the Lazy Corporate Media...

Posted by: V from VJ at April 27, 2004 10:14 AM

When I posted a comment to Jeanne's blog I also brought up the example of Ezra Klein lamenting the lack of female bloggers. It's absolutely a matter of visibility - we're out there but people who've taken it upon themselves to speak for us have decided to ignore our presence. Weird.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at April 27, 2004 08:56 PM

Yeah, I saw Ezra's post. It was outrageously ignorant.

Posted by: J at April 27, 2004 09:00 PM

Reed is paving over reality. Instead of using his notoriety, his media mouth, to illuminate the way that even the secular speakers freely salted their addresses with spirituality, he deceptively posits it as nonexistant.

Even Ms Pelosi (and I'm no big fan but I cheered her Sunday) opened with "I'm a mother of five, a grandmother of 5 and a pro-choice member of the Catholic Church."

Only meaningless platitudes about meaingless half measure would satisfy Bruce Reed.

Posted by: Deborah at April 28, 2004 11:48 AM

Males outnumber females in the purely political blogosphere by about 2:1.

Posted by: Matt Stoller at April 29, 2004 05:37 PM

Data? Definitions? Supporting documentation?

And, uhh... "purely political?"

So, I suppose the former Calpundit didn't count because he would occasionally post about his cats?

Come on...

Posted by: J at April 29, 2004 07:28 PM

82% of all statistics are made up.

Posted by: V at April 29, 2004 07:35 PM

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