The New Blogfather?

An otherwise interesting Salon feature discussing the tension between the Armstrong-Kos “netroots” and the Democratic Establishment, “The Blogfather,” begins:

Jerome Armstrong, aka “The Blogfather,” . . .

When did Armstrong get this title? I always thought it was Glenn Reynolds? Wired thought so, too, in a February 2004 piece. (There’s a 2005 Alternet article wherein Markos “Kos” Moulistas Zuniga credits Armstrong as his blogfather, but that’s a wholly different thing.)

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  1. Andy Vance says:

    According to the Glenn Harlan Roberts er, Reynolds, story, the title belongs to Joanne Jacobs. Snerk.

  2. Mark Jaquith says:

    I think it’s less of a genitor thing and more of a Tony Soprano thing.

  3. I think its a cocooning thing.

  4. Ok, am I less of a blogger if I admit that I don’t know who Jerome Armstrong is?

    Neil Armstrong I’ve got.

    Ditto Lance.

    I even knew a Bill Armstrong in High School, yet Jerome ain’t ringin’ no bells.

  5. James Joyner says:

    He founded myDD, which is a pretty huge democratic blog. I used to read it a lot more.