Blogging became popular in politics before breaking into other news
A US majority leader senate, Trent Lott, made a remark about senator Thurmond. Lott. while praising Thurmond, stated that the U.S. would have been better off if Thurmond had been elected President in 1948. During that race, Thurmond was a strong supporter of racial segregation (though his position changed later in his political career).
during this time, the media didnt pick up on this comment untill bloggers blogged about it.