Political blogs proliferated during the 2004 presidential election. Many have survived and are becoming powerful tools for generating grassroots responses on public policy.“Flogged”? “Spreading misinformation or distorted information quickly”? I thought that was the job of Fox News.
Rem Rieder, editor of American Journalism Review, said the blog phenomenon has both positive and negative consequences.
"It's certainly a way of stimulating participation in the political process. It's a way to get involved instantly," he said. "But the potential for bullying and intimidation is there. You wouldn't want people to not be putting in bills because they'd be flogged by blogs. And it can be a way of spreading misinformation or distorted information quickly. Blogs, while they are fascinating, are not journalism."