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Book Review: Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press by Eric Boehlert

Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press By Eric Boehlert Free Press; 280 pages

Barack Obama's clumsiest misstep on the campaign trail--his infamous reference to "bitter" small-town voters clinging to guns and religion--would have gone unnoticed if not for the sharp ears and ready laptop of blogger Mayhill Fowler. Her scoop blindsided professional reporters and roiled the primary race--one of many instances in which Internet muckrakers made a difference in the campaign, argues Eric Boehlert. The former Salon and Rolling Stone writer calls this liberal "netroots" movement the strongest political force since the Christian right--one that,...

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