I am pleased to pass along some very good news this morning. Duane Lester is the first recipient of the Breitbart Blogger Award, an honor jointly bestowed by the Franklin Center and the Heritage Foundation at the Future of Journalism Summit held this past week in Rhode Island. As you know, Duane is my friend and I’ve long held that he’s one of the very best in the new media world. I’m glad he was recognized for his work and I hope this propels him to the rock star status he has earned.
I was not at the summit, but Michael Bates was and, from his description, there was a lot for the attendees to learn and a huge number of networking opportunities. We who blog, broadcast, and use social media need more of both — our influence and ability to grow into more respected media outlets will depend largely on how well we work and share our experience with each other.
I have one other piece of good blogging news. Over the weekend, The Other McCain reached ten million hits. Stacy, Smitty, and Wombat have done some pretty amazing work over there over the last few years and, if there’s any justice in conservative new media, they’ll get the recognition they richly deserve very soon. Few bloggers have built what they have and almost none do the kind of quality work they do.
And now, links!
- Dylan Ratigan has left MS-NBC and America weeps, or something.
- Speaking of MS-NBC, I wonder if the company has a policy about one of its hosts acting as the paid shill for labor unions.
- The President is “still waiting for Congress to act”. Of course, he doesn’t mention that the Democratically-controlled Senate hasn’t passed a budget for over three years nor that Harry Reid has killed every economic bill sent to him by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
- From the President of Inaction to the President of Prosperity: Toomas Ilves of Estonia has a few things to say about budget cuts and how they’ve turned his nation around.
- “Wintour is coming.”
- How’s that whole class warfare thing working out for the Democrats, anyhow? I only ask because it’s the big arrow in the progressive quiver and they’re going to need it to win while the coalition of interest groups that has been the backbone of the party for decades collapses around President Obama.
- The noose is tightening around the various schemes of lying felon Brett Kimberlin — figuratively of course. Congress is now on the story and that usually means something big is right around the corner.
- If at first your agenda doesn’t succeed, make up a bunch of stuff and pay for great publicity!
- The Future of Journalism Summit wasn’t the only action in Rhode Island this week. Progressive “kingmaker” Markos Moulitsas held his annual Netroots Nation convention and, well, it wasn’t exactly the rah-rah session it usually is. There was at least one very uncomfortable question and one conspicuously empty hall. On the other hand, they did get in at least one spurious accusation of racism and a plea for more abortions, so I guess they could call the whole thing a success.