June 26, 2006

It's a Dirty Job

In liberal Minnesota, the blogosphere of record is conservative.

Not that there aren't some decent leftybloggers in the state (although a distressing number of them are nasty, snarling, ill-tempered little schnauzers); there are. I've noted as much in this space.

But conservative bloggers are both bigger and, despite the fact that there is no concerted effort to "organize" them in any political sense, still a much more cohesive force.

The left wants to change all of that. How?

By throwing money at the situation.

I got a letter on Saturday from a local blogger who thought I'd be interested. That blogger was correct.

Here's the text of the letter, sent by a group called the "Center for Independant Media". It starts with a note from a regional leftyblogger (included below, although the name is removed), and reads (with my notes inset in blue):

Subject: Minnesota Blogging Coordinator Position/Center for Independent
Date: 24Jun06 1:13pm

As we know, the progressive blogosphere here in Minnesota has some talented,
funny, and insightful folks working on our various issues [Really? Funny? Do tell. There are somw that write well, and a precious few that can put together a coherent argument. But - Funny? - Ed.]. But I've been struck that in blue state Minnesota, the bloggers on the right seem to have larger audiences and influence - something that has bothered me for a while [I wonder why that could be - that conservatives in "blue" Minnesota dominate the independent media? Why would that be? - Ed.]. I'm hoping this can change and have been working with the Center for Independent Media, which recently launched a pilot program in Colorado to help coordinate outreach with progressive bloggers and even hand out fellowships to deserving bloggers. They've decided that Minnesota would be a great place for their next pilot program and are in the process of hiring a state coordinator. I've been helping out with this process and have agreed to help get this position description circulated and to encourage people to look into it. If you're interested, get in touch with Ali and check out this opportunity. It's a part time position, so no one should think that they're ineligible necessarily because of other work commitments. This is a project they're looking to get off the ground very soon, so if you're interested, please move quickly.

[a local leftyblogger]

[Forwarded message below]

The Center for Independent Media is looking for a State Coordinator for their
six-month Minnesota blogosphere pilot program. The State Coordinator will
help build a progressive channel of communication, via blogs, with the goal of diversifying statewide debate and balancing conservative dominance in
traditional media. ["Conservative dominance"? The Strib, MPR, and WCCO are "conservative-dominated?" Really? Someone explain this to me? And then explain it to "Center for Independent Media"; it might explain why the conservative movement dominates alternative media, and does it entirely with people who do it for free. - Ed.]

In addition to blogging about state and local issues, the State Coordinator
will be responsible for all activity in the state, including outreach to bloggers, logistics and delivery of training and support, coordination of blogger
fellows in Minnesota, and fostering relationships between bloggers and other
progressive leaders within Minnesota.

The State Coordinator should have experience blogging, good ties within the state of Minnesota, and strong management and organizational skills. Above
all, the State Coordinator should have a strong commitment to progressive values and uncovering the truth. The State Coordinator position is a well paid and part-time venture, averaging 20 hours of work a week.


The Center for Independent Media is a not-for-profit organization that fosters diversity of ideas in the national debate by bringing talented and diverse
voices and ideas to the fore of our nation's discourse, through its fellowships, conferences, and research. Programs emphasize the importance of citizen-driven journalism as a critical founding principle of our nation, the positive role of democratically elected government in securing the common good and social welfare, and the continuing benefits of our founding culture of egalitarian government by the people, for the people. [So what group of "people" is funding this project to further a pro-statist alternative media, anyway? - Ed.]

The Center's fellowships and programs focus on blogs as a fast-growing exemplar of independent media that works to diversity the spectrum of ideas in
the national debate.


Email ********* Please send an updated resume, brief history of
any blogging, organizing, political or volunteer activities, and up to 3 writing samples of your best blog and/or published work.

So can money fight passion?

We'll see, won't we?

Posted by Mitch at June 26, 2006 05:56 AM | TrackBack

NPR = Limbaugh.


Posted by: angyclown at June 26, 2006 08:39 AM

Oops. Accidentally responded to the post slagging left-of-center blogs instead of the one slagging left-of-center radio.

Yawn. Mitch must prewrite these things before vacation, like so many installments of The Family Circus.

Posted by: angryclown at June 26, 2006 09:05 AM

That's ok. We know you only "skim" the posts anyway. You need to get on with the half-witticisms.

Posted by: Kermit at June 26, 2006 09:33 AM


More like one-fifth-itticisms.

Posted by: Ryan at June 26, 2006 09:37 AM

"Mitch must prewrite these things before vacation, like so many installments of The Family Circus"

You're on to me!

And your comments come from a book of Mad Libs for Blog Commenters, and you're stuck on "wingnut", "Yokel", "Walmart" and "Flyover" for your nouns and adjectives...

Posted by: mitch at June 26, 2006 09:42 AM

Your protests merely illuminate your midwestern insecurities, Mitch. Angryclown uses "wingnut", sure, cause it seems the most straightforward shorthand for the political views hereabouts. But you'll search in vain for any of those other words in an Angryclown post. What does Angryclown care where you shop?

The wingnut doth protest too much, methinks.

Posted by: angryclown at June 26, 2006 09:51 AM

Does anyone know anything about this group or who’s pulling the strings?

We know from the news that the Program Director is Alexandra Savino and the contact information on the application is 1625 Massachusetts Avenue, 3d Floor, Washington, DC 20036 with a phone number of 202-772-8158 (no hits via google). The site was registered on on May 9, 2006, using so short of a subpoena or someone else in the “inner circle” turning on them, I don’t know how we can determine if this is another Astroturf group.

Posted by: Thorley Winston at June 26, 2006 10:50 AM


I know. I think Ms. Savino is done emailing me!

I think it'd be fun to start a sock puppet leftyblog, just to see what circles it could get one into. I couldn't, of course - people know me, now (so much for being an anonymous blogger in my basement), but someone could have a ball with this...

Posted by: mitch at June 26, 2006 10:56 AM

Someone without a sense of ethics, you mean.

Oh right, not a problem. Carry on!

Posted by: angryclown at June 26, 2006 11:00 AM

Yes Mitch, it's hard to be an anonymous blogger in your basement when you spend two hours a week promoting your views via radio in a very non-anonymous way.
Course it's not like you've been hiding behind a secret identity, ala MDE either.

Posted by: Kermit at June 26, 2006 11:07 AM

OK, Thorley, I'll give you this one for free. But you're going to have to work on your research skills if you're to have any hope of participating in the wingnut slime-job of whomever the Dems nominate in 2008.

The address matches that of Media Matters for America, (, the organization headed up by right-wing-scumbag-turned-leftwing-scumbag David Brock.

Next time try "Suite 300." That's Washington for "3rd Floor. I understand the mistake - probably don't get a lot of three-story buildings in Minnesota. Aside from that giant buffalo, anyway.

Posted by: angryclown at June 26, 2006 11:39 AM

Honestly, right-wing bloggers should set up their own 501c3 non-profit and try to organize. It would help make a more effective blogosphere.

Posted by: Marty Andrade at June 26, 2006 11:40 AM

In a supposedly "blue" state already saturated daily with leftist pap spewed by MPR, the StarTribune and its local satellite dailies, all its ABC, NBC, and CBS affiliates, to say nothing of PBS and its dozens of television stations, the "progressive" Left is now throwing more good money after bad to expand the flight pattern of the moonbat media, which is vertical, and not in a good way.

What's that tell ya?

Posted by: Eracus at June 26, 2006 02:57 PM

You are truly a nut, Eracus. So all the TV stations - including the local hairdos who give you the fires and pet stories - are part of the vast left-wing propaganda machine? Just so's we can get a sense of where you're at, can you give us a recommendation of the fair and balanced (is that too much of a hint?) source you most rely on? Rush? Your church newsletter? Single-spaced, handwritten screeds handed out by homeless guys at the bus station?

Posted by: angryclown at June 26, 2006 03:08 PM

I LOVE it when lefties throw money at problems!! It keeps them out of trouble. It's also good for the economy.
Who is this "angryclown" who has so much time to read and reply to comments on Mitch's site, and who apparently doesn't know that the giant buffalo is in Jamestown, North Dakota, which is not actually in Minnesota? Is the clown perhaps confused about the species of Babe the Blue Ox? Does one actually have to be a midwesterner to appreciate the difference of oxen to bison?
By the way, angryclown; hahahaha!! Good burn on Minnesota. We don't have tall building here because elevators don't work in the cold.
I'd be angry, too, if I were such a clown.

Posted by: MLP at June 26, 2006 04:32 PM

Clown, MLP's got you pegged.

If you lived in Minnesota and were sober a few hours every day, you would soon realize how much of our "news and information" is single-sourced, recited by secondary sources, and then compounded by the third tier in every local newspaper, television, and radio broadcast throughout the state. It's all the same one-trick pony, kinda like New York, which is where we get most of our "news and information."

If you ever bothered to check the by-lines in our state's newspaper of record, you'd know we're just reading the NYTimes, LATimes, and the WaPo, from which most of our editorials are lifted. Everything else is Al-Reuters or AP, which broadcasts regular updates on Brad and Angelina to make sure we're all properly informed. The rest is all co-op advertising and public service announcements to make sure we're all properly terrorized that the earth is melting and the babies are all dying because we don't pay enough taxes. Meanwhile, the DFL brain trust is putting forced-air furnaces in the train tunnels to keep them from freezing, apparently not realizing how cold Minnesota can get in the winter. Go figure.

You don't need a source recommendation, you just need to grow up and become an adult. Most of what you believe isn't true insomuch as is starkly apparent from your posts, which so far, are as trivial and inconsequential as you are.

Good catch on Media Matters, though. That is David Brock, and he is a scumbag.

Posted by: Eracus at June 26, 2006 06:55 PM

Yet another windy post from Perfesser Eracus that fails to address the question: where do you get your "information?"

Oh, and if Angryclown lived in Minnesota, there's no way on God's green earth that he'd be able to remain sober for a few hours everyday - between the cold, the tedium and running into crackpots like you at every turn. Though I'm sure your giant animal statues and luckluster sports teams have their own peculiar charm, maybe the Clown should just stay in the greatest city in the world, 'kay?

Posted by: angryclown at June 27, 2006 07:57 AM

Do your own homework, clown. The limits of your erudition are completely obvious. You just eat handful after handful from the NYTimes' garbage bin and fill yourself with flatulence believing it's the greatest meal in the greatest city in the world. Really? Some forty years ago it was Salisbury printing verbatim propaganda tracts from the North Vietnamese under the editorial banner. Today, it's Sulzberger doing the enemy's dirty work. The NYTimes was not then and is not now acting in your best interests, but you haven't the sense the good Lord gave a horse to realize it. You seem to be the kind of genius who thinks Moby Dick is a great new book just because you only recently discovered it. Meanwhile, some of us have been around long enough not to believe everything we read in a newspaper or see on television and can spot a gullible empty head like yours from a mile away.

Why don't you start figuring out for yourself who's who and who owns what? You might start by cross-referencing people sitting on the boards of the media conglomerates and academic institutions and their relationships to people in the political parties and our governing institutions. It's a small world. You might be surprised to learn, for instance, that The New York Times Co. owns The Boston Globe and some 18 other newspapers in separate markets and controls news and information in the television markets of 8 other states. Two of your own radio markets are owned by The New York Times. And that's just one company right outside your front door, clown. Everything you see on your local TV, everything you read in your local print media, and everything you hear on your local radio broadcasts is pretty much all coming from a single source. And yet you believe it all because you think you're well-educated and well-informed because everywhere you look, everything you hear, and everyone you know all believe the exact same things you do. It's the rest of us who are "kooks" because we don't believe everything we read in The New York Times.

Ha! You're the one inside the bubble, sonny. You can't see the forest for the trees. And you like it just fine because it makes you think you're "smart." Meanwhile, the reality is you're completely and utterly misinformed and don't have the capacity to realize it.

What a pity.

Posted by: Eracus at June 27, 2006 10:34 AM

"- between the cold, the tedium and running into crackpots like you at every turn."

75 and sunny today. Very few crackpots as they tend to migrate to enlightened urban areas. We had a whole troop of them marching downtown last Sunday. Tedium? I get plenty of entertainment reading half-witticisms. We all know it Never gets cold in New York City. Perhaps it's hard to tell the "crackpots" from the average New Yorker. That would explain much.

Posted by: Kermit at June 27, 2006 10:46 AM

Impressive, Eracus. 401 words without addressing, much less answering the question: where do you get your news?

Eracus raved: "Everything you see on your local TV, everything you read in your local print media, and everything you hear on your local radio broadcasts is pretty much all coming from a single source. And yet you believe it all because you think you're well-educated and well-informed because everywhere you look, everything you hear, and everyone you know all believe the exact same things you do."

Nevermind, I figured it out. Looks like *somebody* rented The Matrix last weekend.

Posted by: angryclown at June 27, 2006 01:12 PM

You don't even realize I answered your question, clown. I just didn't spell it out for you to see if you'd catch it. You didn't, obviously, which only more proves my point.

Posted by: Eracus at June 27, 2006 01:25 PM

Well you certainly left some clues as to whom you think controls the media in this country. Though I'm not sure whether you think it's the Pope, the Jews or the Trilateral Commission.

Posted by: angryclown at June 27, 2006 01:48 PM

"luckluster sports teams have their own peculiar charm"

Twinks: 2 Series Rings.

Mets: I think I remember...

Posted by: mitch at June 27, 2006 06:06 PM

"I understand the mistake - probably don't get a lot of three-story buildings in Minnesota."

Don't need 'em because - here's the fun part - we were smart enough to build our city where there was enough *land* so we didn't have to start piling people on top of other people!

I mean, if you were to set up the family's camping tent in four spare feet between the latrine pit and a patch of poison ivy so that you, Mrs. Clown and Clownito had to stack your cots like boxes of Poptarts in the grocery store to fit, would Mrs. Clown call you a urbane genius, or just a lousy camp planner?

Posted by: mitch at June 27, 2006 06:11 PM

Mmmmm...Pop Tarts.

Mitch half-informed:

>Twinks: 2 Series Rings.

>Mets: I think I remember...

The Metropolitans - founded a year after the Twinkies, by the way - have an equal number of Series trophies, thank you very much. And while your dusty history books place the two teams on a more or less equal footing, today's sports page puts the Mighties 11 1/2 games up, the Twins 11 games down.

Posted by: angryclown at June 28, 2006 08:03 AM

Let's see, clown, you've responded with a Hollywood movie reference, the suggestion the Pope is a dope, took another gratuitous swipe at the Jews, and next struck a pose worthy of Lyndon Larouche. Then you jumped straight into the dug-out. Hmmm.... That pretty much defines perfectly the little box you live in, clown, which again, only more proves my point. You don't think for yourself, you think what they tell ya. Easier that way, eh?

Posted by: Eracus at June 28, 2006 09:23 AM

You continually deploy words and ideas that are not under your control, Eracus. You may have bamboozled some of Mitch's lower-wattage fans into believing there's something behind your screen of bombast. But Angryclown knows you are a fraud.

Posted by: angryclown at June 28, 2006 09:49 AM

Translated, don't you mean "liar, liar, pants on fire," clown? You don't fool anybody. You've got the intellectual firepower of a post office box and can't think your way around a corner. All of which is constantly on display in your posts. You believe what you believe because that's what you believe, not because it's rooted in any fundamental understanding of the issues. You're just another typical knee-jerk liberal banging your spoon, which are about a dime-a-dozen these days. There's never been an original thought in your head so whenever you encounter someone who has one, you freak out, throw down, and run away. That's perfectly human, but it's as common as rain.

As I said earlier, you don't think for yourself. You just think whatever they tell ya: Bush lied. No WMDs. Cut and run. Etcetera, etcetera. It's all warmed-over hippy-dippy 1960 psychedelic pap straight off the editorial pages of The New York Times.

Whether you're an angry clown or a useful idiot is a distinction without a difference, which is why, quite like your liberal Democratic Party leadership, you have nothing to contribute but snide commentary and personal attacks against those who more understand the problem and are at least attempting, however imperfectly, to effect a solution. It's just plain childish.

Who do you think you're kidding?

Posted by: Eracus at June 28, 2006 02:01 PM

Fascinating, Eracus. The question is: where do you get your news?

Your arguments, as evidenced by your nutty Condi-convinced-Ahmadinejad-to-whack-Zarqawi theory, end the minute they're challenged and are followed immediately with rambling ad hominem attacks.

Angryclown has no problem with ad hominem attacks, of course. One just wishes you'd get to the friggin' point more quickly, you dumb midwestern windbag. See?

The answer to the question you won't go near, I'd bet my couch, is that you spend your days assembling a pastiche of out-of-context factoids from mainstream news sources and Internet wackos who support whatever is your motivating delusion: Jews direct the media, the U.N. is trying to impose one-world government, Congress has been replaced by alien replicants...

Angryclown understands. It's understandable - probably wise - that you're reluctant to give Angryclown a fix on your precise pathology. But you don't have to burn so many perfectly good words in the process.

Posted by: angryclown at June 28, 2006 02:44 PM

524 words, Eracus. Again, very impressive. I see that a man of your erudition can't be pinned down to anything as pedestrian as "sources" for your pearls of analysis - you're mulling the "best evidence" while Angryclown merely ponders his cave-shadows.

Angryclown is trying to be more, Eracus, truly he is. Won't you help Angryclown on his journey by providing an example of the great mind at work? Cite some of your "primary sources" for your risible Zarqawi theory. 'Kay?

Buffet? Not exactly, though I do believe you spend a lot of time sitting at home buffing it.

Posted by: angryclown at June 29, 2006 05:59 AM

You've seen several examples. If you could think outside your box, you could have answered your own question by now.

Interesting that my post was deleted.

Posted by: Eracus at June 29, 2006 11:53 AM

That's happened to you before, Eracus. All your posts, though full of words, are empty of content. I'm surprised more of them don't implode and disappear.

Posted by: angryclown at June 29, 2006 12:13 PM

To the contrary, if they were empty of content, why bother to pursue them, let alone delete them?

And why only the two discussing Zarqawi and the Iranians and where I get my sources?

Just wonderin'...

Posted by: Eracus at June 29, 2006 12:34 PM

No doubt the same secret conspiracy that sold out Zarqawi and keeps the cold-fusion car off the market. Consult your primary sources to be sure.

Posted by: angryclown at June 29, 2006 01:01 PM

Putting aside your usual spittle for the moment, Mr. Clown, how do you explain it? Just curious.

Posted by: Eracus at June 29, 2006 01:39 PM

The Clown is stumped. Why don't you ask Mitch?

Posted by: angryclown at June 29, 2006 02:48 PM
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