Koddling Kos

One hopes this Time mag profile of leftist blogger Markos "Kos" Moulitsas from ex-pseudo blogger Ana Marie Cox (occasionally formerly of wonkette.com), is not allowed into the magazine lest more innocent people will be exposed to its fatuousness.

Compact and wiry, Moulitsas, 34, exudes quivering intensity. He speaks in staccato paragraphs, punctuated by intense stares and a raised eyebrow. His eyes bulge slightly outward, as if reacting to the pressure of all the ideas inside his head. Many of those ideas find a home on Daily Kos. A clearinghouse for liberal screeds and progressive perspective on the news, the site claims to get more than 500,000 unique visitors daily and more than 10,000 members maintain their own sub-blogs (called "diaries") within its reaches.

In other words, he's nuts but it's in a good way. The nonsense hardly stops there, though:

Moulitsas’s rhetoric and passion have made him a posterboy bomb-thrower. He's the left's own Kurt Cobain and Che Guevera rolled into one, dripping sex appeal for progressives for whom debate has become synonymous with losing, who need a muscular liberal answer to the cowboy swagger adopted by the Bush Administration and its fans.

It's hard to do anything other than laugh out loud at this. It's hard to believe Cox is talking about the same guy who recently starred in a political ad that was so unintentionally insipid that it looked like a Mentos ad from hell.

Naturally, Cox leaves out the important fact that for all his "power," Moulitsas fits very well into the "synonymous with losing" tradition, considering that none of the candidates he endorsed in 2004 won their races.

This little graf is worth noting, too:

Adam Nagourney, a political reporter for the New York Times who's traveled with Moulitsas and follows the blog, admits to being beguiled, "I like the guy, even though his site called me and Elisabeth Bumiller the two worst reporters in America," says Nagourney. "I know I should hate him, but I can't." Nagourney praises Moulitsas's political insight but notes that the Daily Kos phenomenon is a product of charisma: "He's got it and he knows it."

I wouldn't doubt for a second that Nagourney feels the same way about conservative media critics.

Matthew Sheffield
Matthew Sheffield
Matthew Sheffield, creator of NewsBusters and president of Dialog New Media, an internet marketing and design firm, left NewsBusters at the end of 2013