Newsweek Announces Politics Blog

Newsweek and the Media Bloggers Association (MBA) have invited three new blogs to join ‘The Ruckus,’ a group blog about politics published by Joining ‘The Ruckus’ are Brian Leubitz of, Jeralyn Merritt of and David Oatney of The World According to Oatney (

“The newest contributors to ‘The Ruckus’ represent key states in the 2008 presidential race — California, Colorado and Tennessee,” said Deidre Depke, editor of “As the campaign progresses, we’ll periodically introduce new blogs to reflect the changing political

“The Media Bloggers Association is excited to team with Newsweek in bringing additional voices into the robust political dialog that has
characterized ‘The Ruckus’ since its launch in late 2007,” said Robert Cox,president of MBA.

Launched in December 2007, ‘The Ruckus’ includes posts related to the 2008 campaign from nine MBA-member bloggers with a variety of political
views and backgrounds, representing different parts of the country on a single page. The blog gives readers a convenient sampling of some of the best political blogging from across the country and from key primary states.

“In the grand tradition of American political conversation, ‘The Ruckus’ offers a broad spectrum of political argument and analysis taking place in the blogosphere,” Depke said. “A healthy democracy requires debate and a lively conversation and we’re excited about publishing the opinions of our guest bloggers and the comments from their readers.”

The Media Bloggers Association ( is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting, protecting and educating its members;supporting the development of “blogging” or “citizen journalism” as a distinct form of media; and helping to extend the power of the press, with all the rights and responsibilities that entails, to every citizen. The MBA has provided legal assistance to hundreds of bloggers since it was founded in 2004. The MBA has managed blogger credentialing for two presidentialdebates and a major federal trial (U.S. v. Libby).

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