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Blogs are driving this election

by henrycopeland
Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

Enjoy history? Here’s a June ’03 prediction about blogs’ impact on the ’04 election:

Mark my words: blogs are going to drive the next presidential election. Bloggers will publish leaks the traditional news (or even Matt Drudge) won’t touch and will be knawing on particular factoids or angles long before and after traditional press. Smart insiders will secretly read, publish and/or stoke blogs. The press will quote blog pundits. Bush may mutter the b word. Blog readers, themselves articulate early adopters who are influential in their own communities, will be influenced by the blogs they read. Traffic will double (again!) for Instapundit, Talking Points Memo, Atrios, Andrew Sullivan, Daily Kos, Jane Galt, Matt Welch…

(I guess traffic has actually gone up ten fold since then.) For other amusement, some musings on what Watergate would have looked like with blogs, with good comments by Welch and Layne.

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