FDR won support with his radio chats, and Kennedy took to TV. Now 'tea party' groups are tapping Twitter.
President Obama's missing wedding ring stirs 'dumb' media coverage, triggers Tonight Show jokes. Jay Leno also pokes fun at California campaign ads portraying Nancy Pelosi as Wizard of Oz character.
Political dispatches via Twitter emerged in 2008, but it's a whole different animal today. Campaigns of tea party candidates, especially, have made effective use of the 'attack tweet' to rouse followers.
Stephen Colbert rode to Joe Biden's rescue, who faced PETA's wrath for serving hot dogs to American troops. Meanwhile, Jon Stewart says if this is the "Summer of Recovery," the US should prepare to subsist on Ramen this fall.
The president of FreedomWorks, the group that hosted Sunday's 'tea party' rally in Washington, said the press isn't evil, as conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart says, but its role is changing.
Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck's ascent has taken ribbing from Keith Olbermann and the Huffington Post, but the left lacks a mobilizing media mouthpiece of its own.