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Notes From a Clueless Journalist: Afghan Women Love The War!

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

Bittergate: the Untold Story Behind the Story that Rocked the Obama Campaign

Mayhill Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mayhill Fowler

Obama's Bittergate remark -- which I broke and which is revisited in David Plouffe's new book -- was and still is one of the biggest stories of that historic presidential run. It is also still one of the least understood. Here's the untold story behind it.

Jason Linkins

Could A Blogger Have Gotten Away With Game Change? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Would someone with nothing more than their own online shingle be able to get away with what Halperin and Heilemann have done without facing a storm of criticism and excoriation?

The New Media Epiphany

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marcia G. Yerman

Two years ago, I had a personal epiphany at the Personal Democracy Forum: New media could change everything... From communications to politics to culture. At PDF '09: more revelations.

One Year Ago: HuffPost Broke Bill Clinton 'Sleazy' Story

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

It wasn't the biggest scoop of the 2008 campaign, but it produced some rather unusual commentary. Which news outlets, in this day and age, would quote an ex-president, using the word "scumbag"?

Obama's "Bizarre" Bauhaus Flyers

John Lumea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Lumea

By employing Bauhaus-inspired graphic cues, the Obama campaign was tapping in to the German cultural psyche, speaking to Germans in a design language that is familiar to them. That was smart.

HuffPost's OffTheBus In The New York Times

New York Times | Katharine Q. Seelye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home, the online citizen-journalist arm of the Huffington Post, celebrates its one-year anniversary this month. Of all the new political, no...

On The Road Again, With Begging Bowl And Stick

Mayhill Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mayhill Fowler

Most reporters ask the same questions. Meena from Al Jazeera was different. She really wanted to know about "citizen journalism," and made me think all over again about the "citizen" part of the equation.

Unity: Not Exactly Woodstock '69, But Close

Beverly Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Beverly Davis

It's the season premiere 2008 general election campaign. The music will be blaring, the crowd jumping, the loudspeakers booming. But the real story is that Democratic "unity" is well under way.

Personal Democracy Forum: Blogging The Wisdom Of Crowds

Mayhill Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mayhill Fowler

For quite awhile now, I have thought that the netroots affair with Obama would not end well.

Personal Democracy Forum: Blogging The Thin Nerdy Line

Mayhill Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mayhill Fowler

I'm speaking on a panel titled "Reinventing Political Media." Not surprisingly, few of the media being "reinvented" show up for what sounds like a dousing of Chinese Cultural Revolution-style re-education.

Fear And Loathing In Milbank

Amanda Michel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Amanda Michel

If only Hunter S. Thompson could weigh in on the debate surrounding Mayhill Fowler's controversial piece on Bill Clinton. Imagine Thompson, pleasantly and belligerently drunk, cursing in some chatroom on the Internets.

When Bill Clinton Met Mayhill Fowler on the Rope Line

Jay Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jay Rosen

Newsroom people, you don't have to leave the moral universe you grew up in. Just admit the possibility of another valid one beyond yours.

Running Behind The Bus

Mayhill Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mayhill Fowler

The title "citizen journalist" was always too French Revolution for me, but I've come to appreciate it. The hierarchical world of politics and media is turning upside down, and I feel like Alice down the rabbit hole.

Bill Clinton's "Macaca" Moment

Dave Winer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dave Winer

There's too much control of the political process by the press, and that's too easily manipulated by the candidates. We'll see that play out in the fall as press favorites, Obama and McCain, compete.

In Account of Huff Post Scoop, NYT Draws the Line at "Scumbag"

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

I would argue that Clinton would not have apologized if he had not used the word "scumbag." But he realized that using that word made him look like a, well, "scumbag."

Citizen Journalism: Can We Trust it?

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Alderman

Citizen reporters provide independent, accurate, reliable information that the traditional media doesn't provide, goes the argument. Independent? Perhaps. Accurate and reliable? Can't be sure, say concerned professionals.

But I Want to Think Obama Understands Small Town Concerns

Carlotta Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Carlotta Cooper

Don't tell me about how Sen. Obama grew up. His statements demonstrate he doesn't understand small town life or rural voters. Sen. Clinton is the one connecting with us. He could learn from her.

OffTheBus On Bittergate: A Roundup of Initial Responses

John Tomasic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Tomasic

The Bittergate story has prompted responses from many OffTheBus contributors. They've written on the story and its interpretations but also on the new experience of practicing citizen journalism.

On citizen journalists and the validity of accounts

Christine Escobar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christine Escobar

The value in the citizen journalist's account comes partly as a result of its being free. They are beholden to no one. They cover and opine and observe subjects but from their own perspective.

The Uncharted: From Off The Bus to Meet the Press

Jay Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jay Rosen

As an Obama supporter, I was proud to publish Mayhill Fowler's truthful report, though I recognize that it touched off an ordeal for the campaign, a media storm that isn't over and could hurt Obama's chances.

I Wish There Were More Mayhill Fowlers

Scott Shrake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Scott Shrake

There's no conspiracy behind Bittergate. The truth is even more unlikely: Fowler is that rare Barack Obama admirer who can admit he's not perfect. And, hey, that's the right kind of support.

Bitterness, Bowling & Beer (And Guns)

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Is it important that Obama respect the average American, from big cities to small towns? Of course — but there is more to determining that than just one misbegotten turn of phrase. Like, say, how he bowls.

Bittergate: It's Not About Mayhill Fowler

Linda Hansen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Linda Hansen

Are we bitter in Povertyland, USA? Hell, yes. That's what the story was about. We've been hung out to dry so long, we feel like ragged, abandoned laundry. All those election year promises? Please.

Jason Linkins

Noteworthy Political Scientist Says Clinton Was For Characterization Of Working-Class Voters Before She Was Against It | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Oh, noes! Would it crush anyone's beautiful velveteen pony to learn that Hillary Clinton hasn't always been a duck-hunting, beer-drankin', Senator-Sa...