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The Power of Blogs

Would former Senate majority leader Trent Lott’s endorsement of Thurmond’s 1948 pro-segregation platform have become such a big story and led to his resignation if blogger Joshua Micah Marshall hadn’t reported it and excoriated the media for ignoring it? Instapundit and MSNBC.com blogger Glenn Reynolds, who linked to Marshall’s scoop, said, “Several big journalists told me they first heard the [Lott] story from my site, and that they probably wouldn’t have thought it was important if I hadn’t given it so much attention.” But the Lott story could have percolated without him, he told The Baltimore Sun, because some black Republicans were already fuming over the comments. “Like most such things,” he said, “how much power the blogs wield is hard to determine.” Reynolds said , even blogs like his, which claims 100,000 daily readers, seldom break stories widely unless mainstream journalists bring them out of the “blogosphere” and into print.

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