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Thursday, February 03, 2005

Taking Kos seriously

Dean Barnett writes on the influence of the blog Daily Kos and its author Markos Moulitsas on the Democratic Party.

On April 1, 2004, Kos responded to the savage murder of four American contractors in Falluja by writing, "I feel nothing over the death of the mercenaries [sic]. They are there to wage war for profit. Screw them."

It is difficult to see how the influence of anybody who could write such words could be considered benign. Opposition to the war in Iraq has turned into something much less principled and very much more repugnant: a willingness to side with terrorists and against those Iraqis who favour democracy. Reading the contributions to a recent thread on the DemocraticUndergound website, I was struck by a palpable air of disappointment revealed by a number of posters that more Iraqis had not been massacred in the elections. One contributor even suggested that if he were an insurgent, he would collect a pillow case full of ink-dyed fingers and deliver them to the nearest American commander.

If these attitudes become mainstream in the Democratic party then they are lost ... or we all are.


At 3 February 2005 at 19:42, Blogger Jorgen said...

He must have some kind of influence since Kerry paid him quite a lot of money to write nice things - something he would do anyway as Kos hates Bush.

However, it is sad that someone as anti-american as Kos gets that many hits - if the number is true: pageviews can be generated by a simple Perl script; unique visitors is what counts (assuming they check the IP address)!

At 4 February 2005 at 08:25, Blogger rexie said...

The quantity of hits is one thing. The quality of the visitors quite another.


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