Is that the upshot of liberal blogger outrage over Democrats’ new openness to Fox News?

That seems to be the bottom line here.

The nation’s top Democrats are suddenly rushing to
appear on the Fox News Channel, which they once had shunned as enemy
territory as the nemesis of liberal bloggers.

And liberal bloggers have had Democratic politicians in a choke hold. 

The détente with Fox has provoked a backlash from
progressive bloggers, who contend the party’s leaders are turning their
backs on the base — and lending credibility and legitimacy to the
network liberals love to hate — in a quest for a few swing votes.

What’s this? No talking to anyone outside the ranks?

That was then. This is now…at least for the candidates.

With the party’s presidential contest reduced to
hand-to-hand combat, Democrats are turning to the ratings leader among
cable news channels in a clear rebuff to the liberal activists known as
the Netroots.

Markos Moulitsas, founder of the leading liberal site Daily Kos,
told Politico’s Michael Calderone: “Democrats are being idiotic by
going on that network.”

Ari Melber, the Net movement correspondent for The Nation, told
Politico by phone that progressive activists and the Netroots are “not
happy about it.”

“I don’t think that it is tenable to completely neglect or ignore what your base wants,” Melber said.

So the base of the Democratic party wants all identity politics all
the time? Is that the “Change” they’ve thrown in for…to take Washington
from bad to worse?

Viewers have learned more about Hillary Clinton
from her one sit-down interview with Bill O’Reilly than any one other
speech, interview or debate until now. Obama had a civil sit-down with
Chris Wallace last Sunday, and Howard Dean is on deck this weekend.

This may be bad news for liberal bloggers, but it can only be good
and clarifying for voters who want to see how they handle the press
they don’t control.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....