I think she's even smarter on policy then he is, so we'll get a great wonk if she's president. But nobody beats him on charisma, which is a big part of the job. Hillary's done an amazing job in New York connecting with voters, so perhaps there's something there that the rest of America will see and love when she runs a national campaign.
I think that this is really true, for liberals in general. I support Hillary, and that has elicited comments on Kos like "did the old Tom get killed by the jerk writing this?" No actually, this is the same Tom who supported Kerry, despite his lack of conviction on the issue. Actually, I think that Hillary is doing a better job handling the politics of this than did Kerry, and that matters almost as much as allignment to my specific views. I am one of the 10% of Americans who have opposed this war since day -180. So I don't expect my politicians to always agree with me on everything - in fact I am surprised when they do. Right now, I want someone who will respect the basic principles of democracy, and that is Hillary, for sure.
is to let people find out what other factors may be entering into to your comments and posts. It is not to discredit yourself at the outset.
There was a time when I was being rumored to be paid by Kos and Booman to interject pro-life ideas into the liberal blogosphere. My response was to create a disclosure page, and to either link to it from all comments on public blogs, or to put it on my profile page and to note that it was there on the sig (sometimes I don't have the space to directly link). This seemed like a good approach, since it ended the talk about me as a paid hack.
Here's the thing: I am a full time political communications specialist. I work for grassroots organizations, primarily those that work for worker and other economic human rights. I do this because I believe in the cause. I do what I can to make a living at it (which is not easy) so that I can contribute as much as possible. And everything that I do within the political sphere is filtered through this work, as it would be regardless if I was making living at it or not.
What was interesting about the rumors about me is that they were all derived from entries that I had made. People essentially looked through my own entries and pieced together a cover up. But that's not possible. I can't publicity write about my beliefs and cover them up at once. Moreover, all of the links and sites that the rumor spreaders sourced were my own sites. They found them from links that I had provided. It was a bit silly that they would source my disclosures as proof that I was hiding something.
The point of a disclosure is to make it easy for people to know your context. But the job of figuring this out is still on the reader - the writer must simply point the reader in the right direction. Having a link on your profile, in my mind, suffices. If someone wants to know about any blogger, the first place to go is the bio page on that blog, the profile. There the person can keep checking things out.
Putting a disclosure statement on your bio page is not the same as continually pointing out all of your connections to anything that is related to anything you are writing.
The title of this diary (Blogger Ethics 101) speaks to a need for some standardization of norms. I suggest that we all have disclosure pages, and that sig lines include a section for disclosure. I also suggest that every blogger, big and small, do this. It is unfair to decide when someone is big enough to warrent a disclosure. And it is also unfair that some must have the tag, while others not.
Finally, I think that other aspects of blogger ethics matter just as much - such as:
Tipping back to where you first found a link
Linking back to your sources, and quoting instead of copying
Not attacking the person, but instead discussing the ideas
Remembering that people are behind the text on your screen
Not deleting diaries or entries, noting major changes and either deleting entirely (and quickly) or leaving untouched comments
Being honest about sources, information, rumors, etc.
Making your biases known
I think that this is a good thing for us to be discussing. In term, we'll need a code of conduct and a professional body to help articulate it.