Unmanning The Post

Michele says that “I think Command Post has run its course. We might find some way to keep it alive, but for the most part, it’s on the way out.” Which is sad, as TCP provided a valuable service as a breaking-news source during the Iraq invasion, key moments in the 2004 election, and other times when new news was flying fast and furious. I hope the site sticks around to be used again, for the next big event.
That said, I haven’t posted over there myself in some time, nor do I even read the site that much anymore, and the traffic numbers don’t lie:
The main purpose of TCP after the invasion was to provide a one-stop-shop for news on the war on terror and the war in Iraq. Now, though, there are many more blogs covering those issues with depth and focus (Winds of Change comes to mind), and having a group blog dedicated to news aggregation where most of the bloggers are not even using it as their primary blog just doesn’t seem to be cutting it any longer. If it is farewell, it’s a sad day, but also a reminder that the only constant on the web is change.

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  1. TCP lost several long time readers/commenters right before the November election.
    I don’t remember all the details but there was a percecption by Alan that TCP had become a right wing echo chamber. His attempts to balance out the posts and rein in the comments were not received very well. As I recall he acknowledged that he may have gone overboard but the damage was done.
    They provided a valuable service to the blogosphere; when it was good it was very good.

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