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Sunday, January 25, 2004

A lesson to us all - by Tom Watson MP

In response to Tom's one-line post on US politics, quote: "Howard Dean. What the internet gives, the internet can take away. A lesson to us all", this is the comment I have just posted to his blog:

"If you read a lot of political blogs and compare what's being said in the traditional media, you will see something seriously bad going on. See for yourself the video of Dean's concession speech after the Iowa caucuses (there are links to it in my recent posts): watch the Dean Scream in the context of his speech, rallying up his supporters after their disappointment, and then make your own mind up.

Iowa represents one percent of the US population. Dean came out of nowhere and came a respectable third in Iowa. Neither Clinton nor Bush won in Iowa but both went on to win their party nomination and become President. At the end of a race, it's the one who wins that counts, not who was where in the beginning or middle.

I know nothing about American politics and am not anti any candidate. I'm commenting on this issue, and blog about it, because I am concerned about today's media. And right now in Dean's case with the media attempting to sabotage and write off his campaign, I'm trying to understand why.

Hope you will all take an interest too. So far, I am mostly reading American commentary and would be interested in reading the views of British bloggers. Recently, Clive Soley kindly blogged a post about the Media and The Guardian. Hopefully, there will be more British blogging on these issues."

# posted by Ingrid J. Jones @ 1/25/2004
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