Political blogs provide average Internet users with a platform for communicating personal political beliefs to anyone willing to read them. Spanning all political ideologies—there are conservative blogs, liberal blogs, moderate blogs and beyond—political blogs are characterized by varying degrees of clarity, insight and vehemence. In this Political Blogs Web Guide you’ll find a selection of the best political blogs and tools to help you discover your own favorites.
There are plenty of conservatives out there with as much to say as Bill O’Reilly but without airtime. Below are a few of the most informative and up-to-the-minute conservative blogs.
- Blogs (short for "Web-logs") are frequently updated individual Web pages where authors publish original content or recommend valuable links. If you’d like to know more about how blogs work, including how to contribute or make your own, visit the findingDulcinea Blogs Web Guide.
- Reading the “About Me” or "About Us" section of a blog is a good way to determine the subject and bias of the author. If you find Web sites or blogs without "About" sections, be wary of the content.
- Some of the resources recommended in this guide might be technically defined as Web sites rather than blogs by strict members of the blogosphere. Any such site that appears within this guide is here for its bloglike writing, aggregating, and insight—even if it’s technically more of a Web site than an actual blog. You will be advised when this is the case in the site descriptions below.
The Drudge Report
’s cluttered layout somehow is forgiven by the blogosphere, which has made this one of the most well-known and well-read conservative political news sites on the Web. More of a Web site than a blog, this is a valuable resource for content from all over the Internet. Participate by downloading an RSS feed or posting a comment.
is written by a Democrat-cum-neoconservative who turned to blogging after her liberal friends and coworkers turned on her. Although the blog began as a chronicle of her change in beliefs, it has become an involved, daily comment on politics from a now fully formed conservative perspective.
The Daily Dish
, Andrew Sullivan’s blog on The Atlantic
’s Web site, defies categorization to provide a unique take on politics, religion and spirituality. The multidimensional perspective of its author offers a rich and varied overview of contemporary politics.
The picks below represent a small but selective group of blogs that offer new perspectives, relevant news, and commentary for those seeking liberal opinions.
- Check out the sites of your favorite newspapers and magazines. They may have bloggers who post regularly on their site.
- If you find yourself getting very involved with the blogging community, consider starting your own. Try a free service like WordPress or Blogger.
- If you want to find sites similar to those below, check the blogroll (a list of blogs the blogger likes often listed on the side of a Web page). Note that when it comes to political blogs, bloggers often include links to those from a variety of perspectives. Just because you link to a blog from a liberal site doesn’t guarantee the blog is liberal.
The Huffington Post
hosts a large collection of political blogs and news on its politics page. The site includes a broad range of commentary on many social issues; head to this page for the purely political content.
The Carpetbagger Report
offers political commentary and analysis. This blog’s author, Steve Benen, is a freelance writer and political consultant, primarily working for members of the Democratic Party.
points a critical eye toward current news, politics, and the blog world. It’s grown to become somewhat of an online community for liberals and includes subsites like Street Prophets
, a forum for religious leftists.
Just because you want your political news served nonpartisan doesn’t mean you have to eat it dry. There are plenty of moderate bloggers out there whose opinions pack a punch: these popular bloggers offer fair and intelligent commentary.
- It may take a few visits to fully grasp the political leanings of an author or news source. Additionally, an author or news source may demonstrate different political tendencies depending on the topic at hand—don’t write off an opinion just because it doesn’t fit squarely within partisan divisions.
The Moderate Voice
covers a wide range of political topics from a wide range of perspectives. You’ll find all the personality and dynamism of a more biased blog without the hard-hitting assertions of partisan divisiveness. The blog also links to several other blogs categorized under “Left Voices,” “Center Voices,” “Right Voices,” and “Other Voices.”
is committed to delivering nonpartisan reporting on political news. In addition, the site is a great source for unbiased coverage of the 2008 election.
Some bloggers have devoted themselves entirely to covering international politics. Below, you’ll find sites that illuminate foreign matters and offer the opinions of those who care about international issues.
- Most major newspapers have an opinion section rich with commentary on international politics. Be sure to check the editorial sections of your favorite news sources in your search for informed and thought-provoking opinions.
is an international politics blog cowritten by three doctoral candidates from Oxford and one graduate who is now a research analyst in Washington, DC. With clear headlines and plenty of primary source quotes, it’s one of the newsier blogs you’ll find. It also provides links to articles of interest.
Informed Comment: Global Affairs
is a group blog that covers current international events. The content focuses on the Middle East and Asia, and includes video clips, links to articles, and some “informed comment” on events. The team is made up of professors and scholars from both the United States and abroad.
is an online discussion of political and social developments in Saudi Arabia, the Middle East and the Muslim world at large. Read what others have to say or consider signing up for the site’s forum
, where you can post some of your own questions and comments. This Web site is slightly more formal than a traditional private blog.
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