What’s new on Daily Kos? Read about what you might have missed in July
July tends to be a slower month for us at Daily Kos – the sun is shining, summer is in full swing, the holidays are happening, and our staff and readers are taking advantage. Despite all of that, we still have a few new things in the works that I would like to highlight in case you missed it last month.
With the delta variant on the rise, there was a lot of coverage about COVID-19 on the site in July, and these stories were widely read – four of our top 10 stories were about COVID-19 or vaccines. In general, our readers have focused less on COVID since the beginning of 2021 compared to 2020, for obvious reasons: many people have been vaccinated, public spaces have been reopened, and the party in charge really believes in science. But now, with the delta variant and various restrictions changing once again in response, it is understandable that people have been searching for more information and news on COVID. Along with COVID, this month’s big topics continued to include the former occupant of the White House (32% of our top 50 stories focused on Trump), ongoing commission coverage on Jan.6, and the first select committee hearing, and the decision of Simone Biles. withdraw from the Olympics for mental health reasons.
Daily Kos continues to fight the ridiculous lawsuit of Robert Kennedy Jr. If you have not heard, the Daily Kos is being sued by Robert Kennedy Jr. to hand over the name of one of our anonymous users who wrote a story about Robert Kennedy Jr. who joined the neo-Nazis for a COVID protest in Berlin. Of course, we are fighting this lawsuit tooth and nail: Daily Kos would never voluntarily hand over our users’ personal information, and this would set a dangerous precedent. Earlier in the month, Markos shared his response and an update on how we are now fighting this lawsuit in not one, but two separate states: New York and California. Markos also immersed himself in the danger Robert Kennedy Jr. poses to public health, as one of the main people responsible for spreading misinformation about vaccines on social media. If you are interested in contributing to help us continue this fight, Click here.
Our team of Community Supporters, led by Jessica Sutherland, welcomed Chitown Kev as our latest member of the community. If you don’t know it yet and don’t love it, Chitown Kev is a long time active member of this site – Abbreviated Pundit Roundups writer, Black Kos contributor, part of the Readers and Book Lovers group, and much more. Now you can find his APRs at the top of the main page on Thursdays and Sundays, and you will soon see some longer stories from him too. Emily Epstein-White also joined Jessica’s team as lead editor to help us continue to create more support for community writers.
Other July Highlights:
- The community wrote many of the most read stories this month.. Seven of the 10 most engaging stories and half of the top 50 come from the community. The three most engaging stories were An Unhesitating Trump Supporter Who Spread Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Dies Of COVID-19 By DannyB, Ron DeSantis Raven Fed COVID By Doctor He Had Ridiculed On Fox News By Aldous J Pennyfarthing, And Roger Stone attacking Ivanka and Jared, he did. Did someone flip Daddy Douchebag? by Upstate NYawker.
- These community stories were the stories with the most early commenters: An unhesitating Trump supporter who spread coronavirus conspiracy theories dies of COVID-19 by DannyB (18 people signed up to comment on this story), Eric Clapton says he won’t be playing venues that require COVID-19 shots, because of course he did it for Aldous J Pennyfarthing (11 people signed up to comment on this story), and I’d like to talk about introversion…. by canadiangal (10 people signed up to comment on this story … and it was this writer’s first story!).
- We had excellent original reports.. Dave Neiwert attended the Montana Red Pill Festival, a gathering of conspirators and pro-Trump Republicans, and wrote about the experience. Additionally, Laura Clawson reported on the Frito-Lay strikers in Kansas, based on original images, photos, and quotes from our community organizer Christopher Reeves.
- We announce the disbursement of the second installment of Black Solidarity Scholarships, fulfilling our commitment to give 1% of our income to organizations that fight for the liberation of blacks. Daily Kos Liberation League oversaw these efforts.
- The brief covered the fight to win rural voters with JD Scholten and John Ray, Democratic Women Voters and 2022 with Emily Cain, Y survey with Civiqs director Drew Linzer. The brief It is also streamed on the following platforms: Apple podcast, Spotify, Stapler, Y Google Podcast.
- Our Kos / Civiqs daily survey this month showed that half of Americans blame Trump and Republicans for the attack on the nation’s Capitol on January 6. It also showed that 39% still believe that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump, 96% of Americans believe that the history of slavery should be taught in schools, less than half of Republicans believe that it is important that children receive vaccinations for diseases other than COVID-19 and more.
- Our advocacy team has been working with outside coalition groups to keep up the pressure on Congress to make America’s Jobs and Families Plan big, bold, and green. We have a historic package that rivals the New Deal and the Great Society, but we need all hands to work to achieve it in a tightly divided Congress. You can help by urging Democrats to get the job done here.
- Our Advocacy team has also focused on judicial advocacy campaigns and working with the Fair Courts Task Force coalition, working to confirm bold and progressive candidates for federal court. We are also working with a small group of organizations to respond to new revelations from Brett Kavanaugh about the failed FBI investigation and preparation for a possible Supreme Court vacancy. Click here to demand hearings on Kavanaugh’s bogus investigation.
- We produced a video explaining everything we do at Daily Kos.. It is often difficult to explain the many things we have to offer to people who may not be familiar with us. This video does a good job of breaking it down into just two minutes.
What were your highlights this month? Great stories that you followed? Favorite comments? Greetings to the community members? Something that you think deserves more attention? Sounds below!