Saturday, September 24, 2005

Meet the Thought-Leaders in the Progressive Blogospher

Portlaoise, IrelandThe Katrina Memo is quickly finding its niche in the progressive blogosphere. Our goal is to focus less on partisan politics and more on issues of class, race and poverty. These are the issues that were exposed by Hurricane Katrina…and they require ongoing exploration after the mainstream media has moved on to other interests.

We will provide some limited commentary. More importantly, we will provide links to other resources, including some of the thought leaders in the progressive blogosphere. Several of these links can be found on the right sidebar of this page. Here are a few of our favorites:

Daily Kos – this progressive political blog receives almost a million unique visits each day. Look for this blog to become more influential than the DLC as we approach the 2008 election. I visit Daily Kos at least twice daily.

– lots of great links. Hundreds of visitors post comments. This is another blog that I visit at least twice each day.

AMERICAblog – may not have as much traffic as Daily Kos or Eschaton but it is certainly worth checking out every day. A strong clear progressive voice.

The Rude Pundit – The Rude Pundit advertises himself as someone “who doesn’t give a shit about what anyone else thinks.” No comments accepted! He uses earthy language with frequent uses of the “f” word. Not for everyone. Not for everyone.

Crooks and Liars – This blog is worth regular visiting just for the media clips provided. I visit at least once every day.

Billmon – This is a blog where you’ll find serious commentary. Doesn’t post every day…but what he puts out is really insightful.

The News Blogs – The couple who publish this blog track down thought-provoking articles and reproduce them. Again, a strong progressive perspective.

The Huffington Post – published by Arianna Huffington. This is the first blog I read every day as it’s like a newspaper with all thee main headlines on what’s happening in the political arena. And Arianna’s contrarian views are always worth a read.

This is just a sample of the progressive online publications now available. As you explore the blogosphere you’ll discover that each blog develops its own unique voice. And they share information with each other. All of these blogs have been publishing great stuff in the wake of Katrina. They are now beginning to influence the stories covered in the mainstream media.