November 03, 2004

Casualties of Ire

Charles Johnson notes the big losers last night: the big leftyblogs...:

...who were tricked by someone into releasing deceptively skewed exit polls early yesterday—a report that was picked up by wire services and actually affected the stock market briefly. I’m speaking specifically about Wonkette and Daily Kos and Atrios, who acted exactly like the mainstream media in the Rathergate affair, by running with a bogus, unverified story because they wanted it to be true.

They were played for fools.

And afterwards, as the house came tumbling down? Their reactions ranged from churlish and bitter to dissociative and a bit scary.

The search for the decent national leftyblog continues.

Posted by Mitch at November 3, 2004 11:35 AM | TrackBack

Wow, I'm slogging through bitter, sadness and grief in my friends' blogs. How does a conservative console liberal pals?

Posted by: tslee at November 3, 2004 12:03 PM

IMNSHO Kausfiles is the most decent lefty blog from the hard left, but then again I consider Instapundit to be pretty far left.

Posted by: Gregg the obscure at November 3, 2004 12:42 PM

tslee -- this method of consoling liberal pals works for me. Call them up. Say that you feel their pain (even though you don't), you know what it's like to work so hard for something and fail (even though you don't), blah, blah, blah. Then tell them you have one word of advice, but they have to hold the phone real close. Then shout at the top of your lungs NEENER, NEENER, NEENER.
I said it works for me. I didn't say it works for them.

Posted by: chriss at November 3, 2004 12:58 PM

My vote for best leftie blog is still Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish. He's still compelling reading almost daily. Sure, he's become obsessed with one particular pet issue. But there is a device hooked up to his blog called the scroll bar that allows us to pass right by all that if we choose.

Also, I don't quite see that jumping to embrace exit polls as being so egregious. Clinging to them after they are disproved certainly would be an error on a level with CBS News.

I think that if the tables were turned any of us would do the same. Giulliani was a bit apprehensive about those polls, too. But the GOP internal data persuaded him the exit polls were hollow. Did the leftie blogs have access to that data? No.

Andrew Sullivan should be read by everyone. It's an excellent blog and got most of us started blogging by example.

Posted by: pinkmonkeybird at November 3, 2004 01:41 PM

I don't know Mitch. I don't read any of those lefty blogs, and I saw the exit polling news spreading all over the blogosphere, via Drudge and NRO's the Corner.

I chastised the right side of the blogosphere last night over it. I don't think this one can be pinned totally on the left. At least their trumpeting of it can be explained by excitement.

Posted by: Doug at November 3, 2004 02:25 PM

Chriss: Ha ha ha.

I had to laugh at your "NEENER, NEENER, NEENER." suggestion.

That is EXACTLY the phrase I used last night while talking to my liberal friend back in Texas when he began to admit that maybe (just maybe) Kerry wouldn't win. He started going down the list of states that were going Bush with a big sigh and I told him that I was sorry his candidate was losing, but "Neener, neener, neener!" (And yes - it made me feel much better.)

Nope, it didn't do much to console him, but at least he went from being sad to just plain old grumbling. Look at it as a way to encourage the grieving process to move onto the next step! Har har har.

I'm just glad that after MONTHS of being given a hard time by my liberal friends that Bush would lose "just like his father" - I can look them in the eye and say, "Neener, neener!"


Posted by: The Patriette at November 3, 2004 02:38 PM

Yeah... not only can you not blame lefty blogs, you can't blame blogs - period. Information is instantaneous and ubiquitous, and we demand that. The internet is the fastest conduit, blogs are part of the internet, etc.

Posted by: Chuck Olsen at November 4, 2004 01:18 PM


I started writing a response in the comments - and then realized that it's really a post.

Maybe tonight, maybe tomorrow. I'm still taking my "long weekend off", which means I'll probably only do 3-4 posts a day, rather than 7-10.

'til Monday, anyway.

Posted by: mitch at November 4, 2004 02:20 PM

The big loserS from this election are the suckers who lost their jobs during the Bush administration and voted for him again because of his morals, i.e. he doesn't support gay marriage and all the homophobes would rather starve than see that happen. Yeah, I see the logic in that. Just so we are clear during his 1st year in office, over 2 million Americans lost their jobs, and that number continues to rise every month.

Posted by: dee at November 4, 2004 05:00 PM

Andrew was my goto blog, but I stopped visiting a year or so ago.

He appeared too often overwraught, for my taste.

Posted by: Bob Kunz at November 4, 2004 05:01 PM