I happened to come across the following from Time Magazine online; namely, their yearly rankings of their Top 25 favorite blogs, and their least favorite five, “spanning politics, housekeeping, astronomy and everything in between” according to Tom McNichol.
The Top 25 has some choices that I think are astute, including Josh Marshall’s “Talking Points Memo” at number 1. HuffPo ranks Number 2, and The Daily Dish by Andrew Sullivan rates Number 5 on their list (I think that’s being charitable, but I realize that this stuff is highly subjective). However, “The Conscience Of A Liberal: Paul Krugman” chimes in at Number 10, as it were, with “Crooks and Liars” at Number 11.
(And as I scanned down the list, I checked for National Review Online, Red State, Little Green Footballs, Michelle Malkin, Power Line, World Net Daily, etc., and gosh darn it, none of those “winger” sites made it to the list. Color me shocked!)
Well then, you may be curious to find out which five sites were “cast out” by Time, then (for this year, anyway). That list includes supposed financial guru Jim Cramer (who, rather stupidly I thought, told people to “go to the mattresses” with their money here, captured by Josh Marshall’s TPM site as it turns out).
And also on the “jive five” list for ‘09 is The Daily Kos.
Now as I said, I realize that this stuff is subjective. However, get a load of what the “blog raters” had to say about the site in 2008 here, which I believe was the first year Time provided these lists…
Sample Daily Kos Post: It sickens the heart, the carnage that George W. Bush unleashed upon both our countries. No death is insignificant. The deaths of these four souls are just as lamentable as all those that have preceded, and all those that will surely follow while American forces remain in the midst of this civil war. When will the President apologize for what he has wrought?
(And keep in mind that this is what Time said when they liked the site.)
Yes, I will grant you that that was an excerpt from a real live ’08 post by Daily Kos diarist smintheus. However, I believe that, at that time, Time still didn’t know what the site was about if they thought that post, by itself, represented a site with such diverse viewpoints (and lively ones also…actually, “cranky,” “agitated,” “have to ‘talk down from the ledge’” is more apropos, and yes, I realize I know something of that myself).
So, with all of this in mind, here is what Time said for this year…
Markos Moulitsas — alias “Kos” (pictured) — created Daily Kos in 2002, a time he describes as “dark days when an oppressive and war-crazed administration suppressed all dissent as unpatriotic and treasonous.” Be careful what you wish for. With the Bush years now just a memory, Kos’s blog has lost its mission, and its increasingly rudderless posts read like talking points from the Democratic National Committee.
Here is what I learned after a few visits to the site only for today:
New Attorney General Eric Holder will do away with Bushco’s idiotic “marijuana raids” at dispensaries where cancer patients obtain it for treatment. General Motors lost more money in 2008 than was appropriated in the state budgets of Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Utah combined. Republican junior senator Bob Bennett of Utah looks like a good bet for reelection in 2010 (so much for the part about “DNC talking points”). The media ban at Dover Air Force Base where our returning heroes slain in Iraq and Afghanistan come home will be lifted at long last, or at least filming/photography will be left to the discretion of the immediate family of the fallen (thank God!). New Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is catching flak from conservatives because he apparently favors voting rights for the District of Columbia (serves him right). The RNC may “cut off support” to pro-stimulus GOP senators (tee hee).
Also, as noted here, The Daily Kos “has an average weekday traffic of about 519,000 visits, and has between 14 million and 24 million visits per month,” so somehow I have a feeling that no one at the site will be bothered much by what Time has to say about it.
Finally, I should note that I learned from Kos diarist BarbinMD about this site, which fulfills an Obama campaign commitment to transparency in putting our tax dollars to work to end (someday) this horrible economic mess in which we’re currently mired.
Not bad for a site that has “lost its mission,” huh?