Author: Bloggers are a huge force in national politics

05/19/09 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up, we’ll hear from author Eric Boehlert about his new book on how talk radio is a thing of the past and how online blogging changed the media landscape in the 2008 presidential election.

But first some listener comments about last Thursday’s interview with Wayne State University professor Ron Aronson about his new book Living Without God.

Today's guest writes that bloggers and not the Beltway media, at critical times leading up to last November’s Presidential election, set the agenda. Eric Boehlert writes in his new book, Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press, that liberal bloggers revolutionized the process of campaign coverage, communicated directly with their audience, deputized readers and democratized the process by sapping the mainstream media of its control over the campaign narrative. He goes on to say that the blogs created content that altered the course of the campaign, forced two televised debates to be cancelled, infuriating Fox news in the process and vetted Sarah Palin better than the GOP.

Our guest Eric Boehlert is a senior fellow for media matters for America and is a former writer for Salon and Rolling Stone Magazine.

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