Tuesday, April 28, 2009

More Information About Markos C.A. Moulitsas Zúñiga

Somebody has to add some real information to the Wikipedia.org biography of Markos C.A. Moulitsas Zúñiga and it seems it is being done, a little bit at a time. (Right) now, there is a lot to be learned at his Wikipedia biography, if you read between the lines of propaganda.

Markos Moulitsas

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Markos Moulitsas Zúñiga

Markos "Kos" Moulitsas
BornMarkos Moulitsas Zúniga
11 October 1971 (age 37)
Chicago, Illinois
ResidenceBerkeley, California
Other namesKos
Known forPolitical activism, blogging
Religious beliefsAtheist [1]

Although he has at times claimed in newspaper interviews to be an immigrant to the United States, Markos C. A. Moulitsas Zúñiga was born in Chicago on 11 October 1971. He is often known by his username and former military moniker "Kos" (kōz), is the founder and main author of Daily Kos, a weblog focusing on liberal and Democratic Party politics. He is also a weekly columnist at the Washington D.C. newspaper The Hill and a contributing columnist atNewsweek.

Moulitsas currently resides in Berkeley, California, with his wife and two children.



[edit]Early life

Moulitsas in the U.S. Army

Markos C. A. Moulitsas Zúñiga was born in Chicago, Illinois to a Salvadoran mother and Greek father, and grew up in El Salvador. (Following the Spanish language custom for surnames, his most important surname is "Moulitsas", instead of "Zúñiga".) It is not know what his middle initials "C. A." stand for, although he used them to sign at least one opinion piece that he submitted to his college newspaper, the Northern Star.

His family moved back to the United States in 1980 due to the Salvadoran civil war. After graduating fromSchaumburg High School[2] , he served in the U.S. Army from 1989 through 1992; while stationed in Germany, and after missing deployment to the Gulf War "by a hair",[3] he changed his political affiliation from the Republican to the Democratic Party. He has described the American military as "perhaps the ideal society – we worked hard but the Army took care of us in return."[3]

After leaving the army, he attended Northern Illinois University and wrote for (and eventually managed) the Northern Star college newspaper.[4] According to Sourcewatch.org., one of the articles he wrote vehemently opposed all gay service in the military and screenshots of that article are available at various blogs on the Web.

On August 30, 2007, when confronted in comments at DailyKos about that 1993 college newspaper article in which he opposed all gay service in the military, Markos C. A. Moulitsas Zúñiga responded in comments at his blog, saying, "I haven't hidden the fact that I was a REPUBLICAN back then. And yes, by being a Republican, I held stupid-ass beliefs." Kos at DailyKos

Moulitsas is a 2007 inductee into the Northern Star Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed by the alumni association of his college newspaper.[5]Moulitsas earned two bachelor degrees at Northern Illinois University (1992-1996), where he majored in Philosophy, Journalism, and Political Science. He earned a J.D. at Boston University School of Law (1996-1999).[6]

In a June 6, 2006 speech to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Moulitsas stated that he had spent between six months and two years training at the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC. In this speech Kos said began in 2001, before he started DailyKos,Commonwealth Club Audio Tape of Moulitsas interview. and continued until the beginning of his involvement with the Howard Dean presidential campaign (late 2003/early 2004), which would mean that Markos Moulitsas was in training with the US CIA for as much as two years.Commonwealth Club Audio Tape

In a 1993 college essay, Moulitsas opined that gays should not be permitted to serve in the military under any circumstances. Moulitsas said that for non-gay military men, "There is something inherently uncomfortable about it."Sourcewatch.org

[edit]Daily Kos

Moulitsas founded Daily Kos in May 2002, and the site quickly rose to prominence. In its first year, Daily Kos received over one million unique visitors.[citation needed]

Moulitsas attended the California State Democratic convention in Sacramento in March, 2003 with Jerome Armstrong of MyDD. According toInstapundit, they may have been the first bloggers to be officially accredited at a political convention.[citation needed] By June 9, 2003, when Moulitsas's consulting firm, Armstrong Zúniga, began working for Howard Dean's presidential campaign, Moulitsas says he chose to work with Howard Dean rather than join the Central Intelligence Agency.[7][8] Based on the dates he provided in his interview at the Commonwealth Club, he would have been interviewing and training with the CIA for up to two years, during the time when he started DailyKos. Some leftists, progressives and liberals have expressed doubt whether a true progressive would train at the CIA, particularly in light of what has been learned from the torture memos left over from the Bush Administration. During the Commonwealth Club interview, Markos C.A. Moulitsas Zúñiga says he believes the CIA is a "liberal institution" whose "heart is in the right place." After reviewing the Commonwealth Club interview, one criticentitled an article, "Daily Kos: CIA Engineered Controlled Opposition?"

[edit]Growth and controversy

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Daily Kos has spawned an annual conference. The inaugural YearlyKos was held from June 8 to June 11, 2006, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Guests included Nevada U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, former Virginia Governor Mark Warner, DNC chairman and 2004 presidential candidate Howard Dean.

In a Washington Post article entitled, "A Diversity of Opinion, if Not Opinionators", WaPost author Jose Antonio Vargas reported that he had seen "a Sea of Middle-Aged White Males" at YearlyKos. The Washington Post writer quoted the organizer of the conference, Gina Cooper, as saying, "I hate using the word 'diversity.'" The reporter further quoted one Latina participant at the 2007 YearlyKos conference as posing the question, "Why is the blogosphere, which is supposed to be more democratic, reinforcing the same white male power structure that exists?" Washington Post

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