Daily Digest: McCain's Kids Help Him Get the Net
BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, June 17 2008
The Web on the Candidates
A new online-only ad launched by the Michigan Republican Party to
coincide precisely with Barack Obama's visit to the
Great Lake State pokes the candidate with the question "What
Took You So Long?"
My friends, the time has come for us to see just what happens when
young Republicans "stop being polite and start getting real."
Real World Republicans,
a new project just out of the gate from TechRepublican's David
All, is geared towards closing the
demographic gap that finds the right trailing among young people
by bringing 20- and 30-somethings into the Republican fold. Says the
site, "we're cool and young and funny and totally committed to
The Associated Press is inching off its
aggressive stance against bloggers who excerpt and link to their articles,
but the AP has really cheesed off some parts of the blogosphere by
suggesting that corporate headquarters and not bloggers would ultimately
decide what the admittedly fuzzy "fair use" legal concept
means when it comes to AP's stuff. An Associated Press VP is
now calling the spirited, um, discussion "a helpful episode."
An AP boycott petition is brewing at UnAssociatedPress.net.
IPDI's Julie Germany has
a Q&A with Porter Bayne, the creator of Ameritocracy,
a gorgeously-designed very 2.0 new community centered around having
your say on what comes out of politicians' mouths. Ameritocracy's
still in beta, but you can get in now using the invite code ipdi.
North Carolina Democratic Senate candidate and Liddy Dole
challenger Kay Hagen pulled in $15,000 this week
via the Dem cash clearinghouse ActBlue. How'd she manage such a feat?
According to ActBlue's
valuable new Campaign Newswire, Hagen was the lucky beneficiary
of a concerted fundraising push organized by the blogger SenateGuru
and "a group of North Carolina lawyers." With its weekly
updates, the NewsWire is an excellent asset for examining the online
nexus between what happens on the campaign trail and the dollars that
flow into a candidate's coffers. Grab NewWire's RSS feed here.
The Candidates on the Web
Politico's Jonathan Martin makes note of John
comments: "As the father of young men and women ranging from
16 to 23, I understand from them...how important and vital a role
the Internet plays." (McCain went on to praise the Obama campaign's
use of the net.) Also from Martin: has Obama has been going around
Google-this and Google-that lately to contrast his tech savvy
against McCain's use of the unorthodox phrase "a Google"?
The results are in from the first go-round of the
McCain News Hunt, a joint project of the Huffington Post's Off
the Bus and NewsTrust. A great big pile of McCain-related
stories were rated and reviewed in an attempt to filter out the most
useful news takes on the all-but-certain Republican nominee.
Jay Rosen reports
his findings, but Jay's commenters raise the obvious question:
is the left-leaning audience for the project engaging in an act of
confirmation bias, looking for stories that support what they already
- A look
at our Facebook charts suggests that Obama is going to hit the one
million friends mark at approximately, oh, 2:12 p.m. Eastern time today.
TechCongress and Beyond
- "When meaningful dialog happens between congress members on twitter,
then we're all on the house floor." -- The Open House Project's
John Wonderlich defends
In Case You Missed It…
scholarships are available for people who can make some time to volunteer
for the rapidly approaching (five days and counting!) PdF
'08. And Micah Sifry has the
latest on conference speakers: Gina Cooper (of Netroots
Nation), Sean Parker (Napster, Facebook), Patrick
Hynes (McCain Campaign), and Christopher Libertelli (Skype)
join the line up.