One of the structural advantages currently enjoyed by the right wing is its capacity to coordinate attention on whatever topics Roger Ailes and his minions have decided will be most helpful to their cause. The Blue team enjoys no comparable coordination mechanism.
To some extent this reflects basic differences in political ethics and personality between the two sides: a liberal, as is well known, is someone incapable of agreeing with himself. Or, to put it more generously, liberals, wisely fearing epistemic closure, seek out sources of divergent views rather than dittoing some liberal version of Rush Limbaugh. Still, the lack of coordination is a structural weakness: it means that important news that would help move public opinion in a Blue direction can get buried, while the latest Breitbart fraud is certain to dominate the blogosphere and cable news for days on end.
For some years now, Nick Burbules has been running the Progressive Blog Digest, which despite its modest name actually covers the professional media as well. Burbules lacks the self-importance of the typical blogger; he keeps his own editorial content to a minimum and focuses on accumulating valuable links. I’ve never visited without finding at least one story I’d missed but was glad to know about. It would be a good thing for the country if PBD were as widely read as – let’s say – Instapundit.
If you’re a news junkie, I’d say: Bookmark PBD. Subscribe to it. Tell your friends.