October 5th, 2007
11:30 AM ET
10 years ago

Can blog comments impact campaigns?

What role do user comments play in the presidential election process?

(CNN) - The popular New Jersey-centric politics Web site, PoliticsNJ.com, examines the role user comments play online. Matt Friedman writes: "In between blowing off steam, some frequent commenters have found that, on occasion, they actually have had some informative discussions, and that what they write here can sometimes impact campaigns and news cycle – whether it’s insider gossip or criticism of a reporter’s story."

While the focus of the story is on New Jersey, it also examines the role comments on national blogs such as The CNN Political Ticker play in the political process.

For more, the full story is here.

Filed under: Race to '08
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    October 8, 2007 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  2. James (the real one), Phoenix AZ

    Does blogging effect campaigns? Don't know. But I sure enjoy sitting in my parent's dark basement spouting my right-wing diatribes and citing lots of websites that do my thinking for me.

    Did I tell you recently about the Swift Boat Vets for Truth? Oh, yeah, I guess I did in 200 other posts. Excuse me.

    Posted By James, Phoenix AZ : October 6, 2007 10:51 am

    – + – + – + – + – + – + – + –

    Those blogs which provide any usefulness are those which strive to provide a forum for authentic voices. CNN, however, isn't one of these. It seemingly supports the hijacking of user-names (as this poster above demonstrates). CNN could block the ISP of people posting under established user's names – but they would rather not... perhaps because the REAL James, Phoenix is a conservative voice.

    Those blogs which DO provide authentic dialogue DO make a difference.

    Hey CNN – how about another Brittany story or something new about Larry Craig??

    October 8, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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    December 3, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
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