blog as political weapon


Radar Online has an interesting article about the blog that first reported on the current Mark Foley scandal. Seems it was a blog created solely to start the scandal. Here’s a key quote:

In other words, a blog whose sole raison d’etre seems to have been to get the Foley ball brought Mark Foley‘s boy-chasing to national attention, but it wasn’t the first website to flog the story. That dubious honor belongs to StopSexPredators, a pseudo-vigilante blog filled with plagiarized, hastily-assembled posts, which no one seems to have heard of, visited, or linked to before last week—and whose operator has a suspiciously savvy grasp of the news cycle…

So an insider probably set up the blog to bring out these allegations:

After running just six posts over the summer, the site picked up steam on September 21 when its author wrote, “the blog has been noticed and some shocking emails have been received!!!!” and posted four emails purportedly from “interns” outraged by the heretofore unmentioned Foley and his penchant for teenage boys .

The Dailykos website – the Democratic website that is read by millions – picked up the accusations only 12 minutes after they were posted! Whoa! It now seems blogs have been added to the toolbox for political operators. Watch out, plumbers, there’s a new game in town.

Of course, my former grad student colleague, Ari Adut, now a professor at UT Austin, would not be surprised. He would say this is yet another example of how scandals necessitate the creation of new norms and practices.  After the Dan Rather blog fiasco, I knew it was only time that blogs would be used to initiate a real crisis. And for loyal readers, orgtheory has already covered one academic brouhaha.

Written by fabiorojas

October 4, 2006 at 11:44 pm

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