The motley crew of citizen journalists, activists, bloggers and transparency advocates that make up the Superdelegate Transparency Project (STP) have produced the best, most transparent and highly detailed reporting on the Democratic superdelegates - anywhere. Through collaborative research with nearly 300 citizen journalists, the folks at DemConWatch, LiteraryOutpost, the HuffPost's OffTheBus project, OpenLeft and CMD's Congresspedia have produced a tally that rivals or bests those of the major media outlets. The STP even breaks the numbers down by state and congressional district with ever-expanding bios of hundreds of superdelegates AND we now have a wicked-cool live-updating widget.
With Hillary Clinton within stalemate distance of Barack Obama, the so-called "superdelegates" to the Democratic convention could very well decide the nominee and are an increasingly controversial part of the nominating process. While the members of the STP all came to the project with different opinions on who the best nominee should be or even what voting philosophy superdelegates should follow, we united around the common cause of bringing enough of this process into the light that voters could know just who was representing them at the convention and to decide for themselves what action, if any, they wanted to take.
Today we took the Pepsi Challenge with the websites of some of the biggest major news organizations and found that our citizen-journalist-produced research could stand up to any one of them (see chart below). No one with any sense thinks that citizen journalism can or will ever fully replace that of the professionals, but a massive research project like this needed massive participation and it is particularly poetic that it took regular citizens, cooperating in an open and transparent manner to make this information public.
|Site||Obama||Clinton||Transparent Sourcing?||Breakdowns by Congressional District?||Breakdowns by Superdelegate?||Superdelegate profiles?||Built by the Netroots?|
|Superdelegate Transparency Project||202||241||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|CNN||199||238||No||No, by state only||Yes||No||No|
|Washington Post||196||241||No (From AP and RollCall)||No, by state only||Yes||No||No|
|New York Times||202||254||Only partial||No, by state only||No||No||No|
|Wall Street Journal||191||253||No||Yes||Yes||No||No|
As of March 6, 2008, 3:25 PM EST