Rethinking the politics of LGF
I first heard of Little Green Footballs while reading “Truth and Duty” by Mary Mapes. You’d think after that I’d want nothing to do with this place but I was curious about the blog that “took down Dan Rather” so I started visiting from time to time.
I was a lurker for probably a year or so before I finally caught a registration window and became a member. “Truth and Duty” makes LGF out to be very right wing and there are plenty who say it was more right wing back during the Killian Memos mess than it is day.
Certainly Charles posting the famous “Why I parted ways with the Right” piece along with his being named one of the “most annoying Liberals” should indicate there’s been a shift in the overall political tone of this blog.
But I think it’s the U.S. political landscape that has shifted more than this blog.
The right wing of 2004 was VASTLY different from the right wing of today. I would argue LGF probably has gone a little more Liberal since the Rather heydays but it still very much right wing.
You wouldn’t think that looking at the articles since Obama got elected since they are filled with posts highlighting all the crazy things the GOP and Right wing have been doing in the meantime. On that basis alone, it’s easy to label this blog “Liberal”, but to do that would be a mistake I think. Not because “Liberal” is a dirty word but because I sense a lot of LGF posters do consider themselves such and still hold conservative leaning viewpoints.
I’ve noticed a wide range of opinions expressed on LGF these days, some would be considered Conservative and others Liberal. In my opinion the site would be best labeled as moderate with a slight tilt to the right, which I don’t think is a bad thing. It’s clear to me reading the comments and pages from the posters here that the site is NOT properly classified as straight left wing or right wing but more of a melting pot of both sides.
I have honestly found more informed dialogue and discussions on this site than any other polticial site, period. It’s nice to have a place where I can have real intelligent discussions with people that don’t degenerate into partisan bickering and name calling.
Do you think the politics of LGF have changed and if so, has it been a change for the better?