Markos Moulitsas Zúniga a.k.a. Daily Kos
I often joke about how I don't take money for endorsements or ads and then take a shot at #1 liberal blogger Daily Kos. I actually didn't know much about him other than he has a huge following and the Left bloggers seem to revere him. I decided to see what I could find out...
His name is Markos Moulitsas Zúniga ("Kos" was the name given to him when he served in the Army). Yes, he is a former military man who changed his party affiliation while he was serving...he was a Republican. His birthday is September 11th which seems appropriate after what I've learned about him. He's my age. (source)
Here's the thing about Kos, he's not just a Blogger, but a Democratic consultant (with close ties to DNC chair Howard Dean). He's completely blurring the lines between Blogger/political operative and quite frankly I can see why the FEC is looking into how Bloggers will be viewed in the next election. I will go as far as to say that if we (as Bloggers) are restricted in that election it will be Kos who we can all look to first. He's a talking points guy in blogger's clothing.
Actually Kos, at times, has gone so far left that he has alienated some of the politicians that he was championing. John Kerry removed his link from the campaign website after hKos wrote this on his website (it was referring to the Blackwater workers that were hung, burned and killed in Iraq):
"I feel nothing over the death of mercenaries. They aren’t in Iraq because of orders, or because they are there trying to help the people make Iraq a better place. They are there to wage war for profit. Screw them."
"The Democratic Internet constituency was and is motivated by one thing more than anything else: hatred of George W. Bush. To see that you only have to take a look at dailykos.com, run by Democratic consultant Markos Moulitsas, which gets 400,000 page views a day--far more than any other political weblog--and which received funding from the Dean campaign (which Moulitsas disclosed). It seethes with hatred of Bush, constantly attacks Republicans, and excoriates Democrats who don't oppose Bush root and branch. When four American contractors were killed in Iraq in April 2004, dailykos.com wrote, "I feel nothing over the death of the mercenaries. They are there to wage war for profit. Screw them." This repulsive comment produced no drop-off in page views. This was what the left blogosphere wanted. Kos was an early enthusiast for Dean's campaign for Democratic chairman and disparaged other candidates." (US News.com)
Isn't it amusing that the left constantly squirms at the mention of Ann Coulter...(They HATE that she can write Constitutional scholar under her name and Al Franken has to write SNL alumni) but none of the Top right-leaning blogs are nasty and all of the A-list left blogs are worse than Ann on her best day...