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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am
Roy Eccleston, Washington correspondent for The Australian, encounters blogging’s trickle-up effect:
The blogosphere’s potency hit me in the final days of the US presidential election campaign during an interview with an Amish couple attending an election rally for George W. Bush.
“You’re Australian aren’t you,” said a bystander, listening to our conversation. “So what do you think about John Kerry’s sister interfering in your election campaign?”
I was stunned. Here was a particularly well-informed American – he not only knew Australia had held an election but also seemed aware of a small story of mine that The Australian had published on page 15 six weeks before. The piece quoted Diana Kerry claiming Australians were more vulnerable to terrorism because of John Howard’s support for Bush in Iraq. It wasn’t alleging any interference in the Australian election – but some obviously saw it that way. Yet how did this man come to know about it?
In my case, the Kerry comments had angered conservative bloggers – such as captainsquartersblog.com – who bounced it caustically around the internet, where it was read by mainstream conservative columnists in Washington. The story eventually had the ultimate conservative treatment: a piece in The Weekly Standard, a prominent political magazine, and a column by Washington Post syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.
Not bad for a piece originally buried on page 15.
What is the difference between conservative and liberal nerds? Conservative nerds have guns.