FROM Adam Green
Can President Obama Organize America? To demand action from Congress — on healthcare, energy independence and the stimulus package — the President's using the bully pulpit. That's business as usual. But Obama's extraordinary campaign apparatus may give him a new kind of political weapon. With e-mail, social networking sites and text messaging, he can directly reach some 13 million Americans who supported his presidential campaign. The call has gone out for neighborhood meetings this weekend to discuss his agenda and how to get it approved on Capitol Hill. Will the "online army" that transformed campaigning change government too? What's the risk of backlash from Congress and from the "army" itself?
Democrats, Fox News and the Internet With caucuses scheduled for early next year, Nevada's Democratic Party scheduled a presidential debate on the Republican-leaning Fox Cable News Channel this coming August. National Democratic Chair Howard Dean said that was a way of reaching a large audience of disgruntled conservatives who might be looking for a new place to go. Internet activists complained that Fox News is "a mouthpiece for the Republican Party," and now the debate has been cancelled . MoveOn.org is one Internet voice telling the Democrats to freeze Fox out all over the country. Is that good strategy or "political suicide?" Who decides what's "fair and balanced?" What's the lesson about the impact of the Internet? We hear from journalists, watchdogs, political activists and political scientists. NOTE: For those who were listening to today's program about the Nevada Democratic Party and Fox News, guest Doug Schoen was identified as a Democratic strategist, which he is. Doug Schoen is also a paid commentator for Fox News, which we did not know until after our broadcast was over.
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