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Truthdig in Running for 2008 Webby Award

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Posted on Apr 13, 2008
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Truthdig has once again been nominated for a Webby award. This year, we’re up for a Webby in the Politics category, facing fierce (and prestigious) competition for the People’s Voice award from the likes of NPR.org Political, FactCheck.org, The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, and MAPLight.org. 

The Webby Awards committee has also given Truthdig an extra accolade this year by including us in its Best Copy/Writing Honorees list.

We’d love your help as we shoot for another Webby win—taking home the Best Political Blog award last year was a real honor, and we owe it to our community of readers and contributors. To vote, sign up here and find us under Politics in the Society category. Thanks for your support!

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By cyrena, April 14, 2008 at 5:34 pm Link to this comment

Expat,

I would say that truthdig is excellect for the reasons you’ve stated…you DO get your ‘say’, and so does everyone else.

In the absence of ANY truthful media from the MSM in the past 8 years, it is more important than we might realize. Prior to this phenomena of on line news and blogs, far too many of us were left in the dark, and disconnected from each other, unable to share information other than the propaganda that bombarded us from the Dick Bush controlled state media. So, there’s no denying the helpful and usefulness of these sites.

My favorite for over 5 years now, has been truthOUT.org, and there had been a time when that site allowed for comments as well. (I think they called it a ‘Townhall Meeting’) Unfortunately, (and probably because they couldn’t monitor some of the comments here that are in fact totally inappropriate and off the charts) they discontinued that portion of the services.

However, many of the pieces posted there, are also posted here and on other sites as well. And, vice versa. Robert Scheers articles rountinely appear on truthout.org, as well as a few others that you find here. Then, this site at truthdig provides the opportunity/forum to discuss them.

There is always a positive and a negative to allowing for unrestricted posting, because we can and have run into the same propaganda and myth perpetration as bad or worse than we might discover in the MSM.

On the other hand, we also have exposure to thoughts and resources that we might not otherwise have.

So, we take the good with the bad, and hope to benefit from it all.

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By Expat, April 14, 2008 at 6:10 am Link to this comment

^ bullshit; much ado about nothing!

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 13, 2008 at 6:01 pm Link to this comment

Ahh, there are other forces at work as well, though, Expat. But, as you say, at least with TD they will accept your comment and not delete it (except for the death threats - from you.know.who). 

I gave up on Newsvine and similar as soon as they deleted my post when I responded to someone who was attacking me - although the attacker’s posts remained, duh. Worse than blogging in Singapore….. or Australia (one is cautious but the other is so pretentious)!

Still, I don’t restrict myself to TD alone….....

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 13, 2008 at 5:55 pm Link to this comment

Select “politics” in the options and then scroll down the page to find TruthDig- or vote for smeone else maybe better, ha ha…....

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 13, 2008 at 5:53 pm Link to this comment

By Dr. K - “Honoring excellence is the operative phrase.  What is excellence?  Same as success in Iraq..?”

Just look at the blank space going to waste at the foot of the front page. As Usual, TD are asleep on the job, uhh.

Get this topic off the top of the page and run an article about the most important issue so far this century!!!

“The rapid rise in food prices could push 100m people in poor countries deeper into poverty, the head of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick, has said…. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7344892.stm

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 13, 2008 at 5:49 pm Link to this comment

They’ve been told about you!

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By Outraged, April 13, 2008 at 3:20 pm Link to this comment

The site to vote won’t let me sign up at all.  Anyone one having this problem?  Any ideas?

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, April 13, 2008 at 12:59 pm Link to this comment

Expat, I don’t even remember that.  I’ve always thought you and I were cut from a similar political/philosophical cloth so whatever it was, it must have been insignificant.  No need to apologize.

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By Omyword, April 13, 2008 at 12:20 pm Link to this comment
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Out of 270 feeds in my feed reader, Truthdig is in my “top tier” folder and I read you every day. So I went right over there and voted. Thanks for being here.

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By ADAMS, April 13, 2008 at 9:48 am Link to this comment
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OBAMA JUST MADE ONE OF THE BIGGEST POLITICAL BLUNDERS OF THE YEAR BY ALIENATING MILLIONS OF PRO CONSTITUTION PRO 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHTS VOTES. SECURING HILLARYS POSITION FOR BEST CHANCE TO BEAT MCCAIN!

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By Expat, April 13, 2008 at 8:20 am Link to this comment

^ and I won’t worry it too much if at all.  A while back I posted a response to you that on second thought was mean and cruel.  It was not my intention to blast you personnally but that’s how it came across. My response was to the situation and not you personnally but unfortunately it came across as a personal attack against your comment.  I have always regarded you as one of the better posters here and fear I have offended you which was never my intent; just my ignorance.  It has bothered me greatly and I appologize.  For what ever it’s worth, I did respond but as so often happens, the article slid rapidly off the screen.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, April 13, 2008 at 8:07 am Link to this comment

This from Webby Award’s website:

“Reflecting the tremendous growth of the Internet as a tool for business and everyday lives, the 11th Annual Webby Awards expands the mission of the Webby by honoring excellence in over 100+ Website, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video, and Mobile categories.”

Honoring excellence is the operative phrase.  What is excellence?  Same as success in Iraq?  Same as Emmy and Oscar and Tony, etc.?

In a recent posting, one commenter presented a lengthy list of demographic statistics she/he took from the internet in support for her/his comment premise only to be completely debunked by another commenter using his/her own documentation, equally convincing and valid.

I said long ago that we can not believe anything we read on the internet or anything told us by “eyewitnesses.”  Experiments have shown that we have to be suspect of things we see with our own eyes. 

I think Webby Awards are self-promoting, like the Oscars and the like, and we should take them for what they are.  If the media, any of it, were useful and responsible, this would be a far better world.  What one has to consider deducing, considering the constant media assault vis a vis the condition of the world is that it may do more harm than good, unless you’re in the media business. 

So, Douglas, you’re a good person.  Forget it.

Expat, don’t worry about it.

Scheer, good luck, if you get the award, I hope it means more fame and money for you.

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By Expat, April 13, 2008 at 7:57 am Link to this comment

^ Truthdig does indeed make strange “bedfellows” yes?  LOL, and I am.  Good on ya!

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By Stephen Smoliar, April 13, 2008 at 7:56 am Link to this comment

Having just checked at the site, I am afraid I cannot trust any system that lost the registration material I provided for last year’s awards!

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By bert, April 13, 2008 at 7:53 am Link to this comment

Expat - I knew there would come a day we would find common ground. smile

I had that very same experience last year when I went to vote. I think the pass code was like 36 letters long. Unbelievable!!!!

So I won’t even try this year.

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By Expat, April 13, 2008 at 7:37 am Link to this comment

^ has anybody tried to vote?  I just did and the hell with it!  It’s incomprehensible; I couldn’t even ind anything with the Truthdig label; screw it!!!!!!!!!

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By Expat, April 13, 2008 at 7:20 am Link to this comment

^ with blogging/commenting.  It’s been a love/hate relationship for me and all in all; they’re (Truthdig) okay.  They definitely allow everyone their opinions no matter how far a field (including mine) so I’m inclined to go for them.  As time goes on it is becoming harder and harder for us citizens to have a voice (no matter how small) in the media and apparently Truthdig is a part of that media.  My fervent hope has always been that we could debate, argue, and yes, fight; and come out of our philosophical battles somewhat united and then go and slay the dragon.  Maybe I’m finally learning that we really don’t understand each other and unity for us is forever lost.  As a non-Christian I pray that is not true.

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 13, 2008 at 5:11 am Link to this comment

Jesus, I voted for TruthDig!?!?! But they keep being rude to me, duh…..... oh well, ha ha! Still learning, eh?

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