Shorter Joe Monahan

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“Journalists who also blog shouldn’t criticize me because I’m right and they’re wrong. So go look at all the crazy stuff they’re trying to pull.” Or something like that (scroll down to the bottom).

Oh, and to his assertion that his is “the most respected, most quoted and most read political web site in New Mexico,” here’s this:

Sure, right now his site is on top (likely because all the other blogs in the state are linking to his whining about those scary “progressive bloggers” and “quasi-secret, out-of-state nonprofit ventures.” But back during the election, you can see it was Matt at NMFBIHOP who was pulling in the big numbers. Heck, if you toss in the SF Reporter and and the NM Independent (two more of his recent targets) you get this:

If you really want to get a sense of the man, check out his Twitter stream:

I’ve got two bloggers stalking me. One makes pancakes–NMFBIHOP–The other–Beltway Baca–makes crazy!

Leave it to Joe to respond to legitimate criticism with actual name-calling. It just doesn’t get any more juvenile than this. ((Not to mention the hypocrisy: this is somebody who calls sources — in New Mexico of all places — alligators.)) Monahan is the worst of bloggers: he doesn’t link to anybody else in the state, even when responding to direct criticism, robbing his readers of even more context. He also doesn’t allow direct comments, preventing readers from responding in the light of day. Instead, he filters criticism and praise alike, publishing only the bits and pieces that advance his own agenda.

His attacks on Heath Haussamen are even more ludicrous: Heath is a guy who has established not only a comments policy, but has an entire section on his own ethics responsibilities. Long before criticizing Monahan for his use of anonymous sources, Heath had a clear policy in place for when he would use un-named sources. Monahan, on the other hand, relies on them almost entirely, and there’s no rhyme or reason.

Oh, and one last thing Joe: it’s pretty easy to nail an “exclusive” if you’re willing to publish anything and everything that pops into your inbox.

For more on the whole affair, start where everybody else did at m-pyre, then check out Matt and Julia.

I know it’s selfish…

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But I really wish NewMexiKen was still blogging. His site was one of the most enjoyable I’ve ever known, and one of the most informative. He had a great little community of readers and fellow bloggers, and you have to admire a guy that can do 15,000 blog posts in the span of several years. I miss the “Best line of the day, so far” posts, and the “Today in History” posts that were always better than anything you’d find in the newspaper, and his tour of America’s National Parks and Monuments.

Now how am I going to waste time at work?

Holier than thou

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Has there ever been anything related to blogs and media that Heath Haussamen hasn’t been right about? He should set up a hotline for us bloggers (and reporters!) who are writing stories, so we can make sure our content meets his standards.

Obviously, IOKIYAR – can you imagine the furor that would have erupted had Teague said something similar?

Still, I now know Tinsley should get a pass. Thanks Heath!

Netroots Nation

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RegistrationI’ve started adding photos to my Flickr stream – if you see me around and want your picture taken, let me know! I’ll keep uploading photos, and you can expect to see some posts about the conference over the next couple of hours. I ran into Matt from New Mexico FBIHOP, and I understand he’ll be busy working on a story for the New Mexico Independent tomorrow. I’ve also heard that Democracy for New Mexico is around! So, there’s plenty or writing coming. You can also:

True Blue New Mexico

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Donate to Democratic CandidatesMy friends at Democracy for New Mexico and New Mexico FBIHOP are fundraising again: they’ve started an ActBlue page for all of the Democratic candidates for federal office in New Mexico. They inlcude: Sen. Barack Obama, Rep. Tom Udall, Martin Heinrich, Harry Teague, and Ben Ray Lujan.

The netroots is playing a big role in elections this year, and I give some serious props to Matt and Barb for stepping up and getting this effort going. I think it’s a testament to their hard work, and a recognition of the role they’re playing, that each of the New Mexican candidates are posting guest blogs this week (you can see Heinrich’s posts here and here).

Matt has a great post introducing the project, highlighting the unique situation in New Mexico this cycle:

In 2008, New Mexicans have a chance for a true change — a golden opportunity to make a True Blue New Mexico.  There are more Democrats than Republicans registered in the state, and Democrats control both the state Senate and House.  Yet in federal offices, Republicans hold a 3-2 advantage, including a 2-1 advantage in the House. This year, that can change — and change dramatically.

I couldn’t agree more. I’ve thought that some additional attention in southern New Mexico from groups like the DCCC could help push the district closer toward the “Democratic” column, and with the right candidate Rep. Steve Pearce might have had a fight on his hands. With changing demographics, who knows what would have happened? Continue reading…

Using technology to really reach your audience – Part I

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I attended a brown bag lunch yesterday hosted by the Institute for Policy, Democracy and the Internet and featuring Brian Reich (of EchoDitto), one of the co-authors of Media Rules. He was leading a discussion about the role of technology in connecting with your audience, and non-profit staffers (like myself) were joined by consultants, media types, government employees, etc.

Reich said, as a consultant, he grew so tired of trying to explain to organizations why they should truly embrace a technology strategy, he decided to write a book about it. From an original idea of 15 chapters centered on the same number of “rules” came the final text, which he says is more about strategy and organizational management.

The discussion was intriguing, and the book is definitely going on my “To Buy” list. One of the first things he stressed was that “the audience” – be it consumers, voters, residents, etc. – today have the ability to truly demonstrate what they want and expect. Underestimating your audience (whether it’s how much work they’re willing to do or how readily they’ll digest the information you’re providing) is a no-no, Reich says. Marketers, political organizations and others are still trying to convince people “We’re right,” rather than actually listening to what people want. Whether through their spending decisions or through blogs, voting, etc., the new world of communication is no longer a one-way street. I know – this isn’t groundbreaking in itself. For the good stuff, you’ll have to click through… Continue reading…