Left Breaks News; Right Can't Fix It

Liberals add reporting to arsenal; pro-GOP sites mainly comment
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2008 7:31 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., waves to people on the street after holding a press conference outside Schmidt's Fudge Haus in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, July 24, 2008.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – The left is using the Internet far more effectively than the right, Jonathan Martin writes on Politico. While conservative political sites are principally opinion, lefty destinations like the Huffington Post and Talking Points Memo tread the line between reportage and commentary, breaking stories ignored by the mainstream media that advance liberal interests—and often hurt Republican candidates.

With any number of cases where this reporting has eventually trickled out into the national conversation, such sites provide a steady drip of anti-GOP information—and have no equivalent across the aisle. “It’s something we have to get in gear on,” says a former Republican webmaster. “What drives discussion in the blogosphere is original information.”