Friday, April 08, 2005

Is Kos going to join the fray?

Martin Stabe has a good roundup of how US "liberal" bloggers are beginning to respond to the UK election. In short - they can't decide between backing the Lib Dems or Labour. Much like many on the left on this side of the pond...

Perhaps the most intriguing link from Stabe's post, however, is this post from major lefty US blog the Daily Kos, which seems to suggest that the blog's editor Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, who managed to raise over $500,000 for the Democrats in the 2004 Presidential elections (more details here), may be heading over to the UK.

Labour have already recruited one of John Kerry's former webmonkeys (as m'colleague reported here), and claim to have raised upwards of £50,000 in 24 hours after an email appeal - where might the mighty Kos with his hundreds of thousands of daily readers chuck his weight, and will US tactics translate for the UK market?

(Also posted on the General Election Blog)

2 Comments:

Blogger Alassra said...

I can't believe some of the American comments. "I think Blair was sincere in wanting to help the Iraqis, so he's alright." Even if that were true, it's not the only thing that has me hating Labour. What about detention without trial? ID cards? Voting fraud?

They have a fit over the Patriot Act but aren't even aware that an equivalent exists here.

4/09/2005 01:03:00 am  
Blogger Eddie said...

I suppose they have an excuse given that they don't live here :)

The US media is renowned for its inward-looking bias. The reports on foreign countries are few and far between, and I'm pretty sure they don't know much about our battle over ID cards and terrorism legislation.

Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see the developments on this score. I had been wondering just how the US election blog-experience would impact on the British one, and fundraising seems to be the obvious one. But I can't see any of the British blogs rising to as much prominence as the Daily Kos...

4/09/2005 09:21:00 am  

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