The Daily Cult: Establishment Dems' New Level of Creepy
In case you were wondering, I'm not a Markos fan. So I take pleasure when other people ridicule him.
I don't know who Teodrose Fikre is, but I like his style.
The Daily Kos was founded on the principle of “crashing the gates” and shaking up entrenched political interests. Moulitsas rose to prominence by pretending to be against the establishment and feigning outrage at the abhorrent domestic and foreign policies of the Bush administration. The Daily Kos quickly became the Drudge Report of the left. Claiming to receive over 2.5 million unique visitors a day, it is one of the most powerful political blogs in the world. In reality, Moulitsas was a rank opportunist who saw an opening to the be Rush Limbaugh of the left.
Moulitas was at the forefront of “news as you want it”; by catering to ideology and identity above everything else, he elevated his stature while taking a sledge hammer to journalism. This is why his humiliating outreach to Nancy Pelosi is such an affront; instead of speaking truth to power, Moulitsas chose to literally throw roses at the status quo.
Moulitsas takes the cake when it comes to grifters who parade as journalists, he cunningly positioned himself as the left’s preeminent blowhard and rode that gravy train on his way to fame and riches. The same way he duped his followers to fork over tens of thousands of dollars to buy roses for Pelosi, he leverages the Daily Kos to start one fake crusade after another where he asks his audience to donate money and then skims off the top to benefit himself. As I noted earlier, Moulitsas’s practice is a grotesque manifestation of what journalism has become in the age of narcissism.
There is a heavy price to pay for this level of obsequiousness to political ideology. While charlatans like Moulitsas smile and preen with the very politicians they are supposed to be keeping in check and get paid handsomely for their hypocrisy, truth and consistency get nullified in the process. But then again, for too many at the Daily Kos and political junkies throughout America, what matters is not justice but that their team wins and the other side loses.
BTW, just to prove that Markos doesn't have a monopoly on stupid, there's this.