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Crooks and Liars is a liberal / progressive news blog focusing on political events and the news coverage of them, founded by John Amato.[1] Karoli Kuns is the managing editor. Along with John Amato, frequent contributors include Susan Madrak, Nicole Belle, Logan Murphy, Mike Finnigan, David Neiwert, SilentPatriot, Fran Langum[2][3] Nonny Mouse,[4] Kenneth Quinnell,[5] and Howie Klein.

Crooks and Liars
Type of site
News blog
Available inEnglish
Created byJohn Amato
EditorJohn Amato
LaunchedAugust 2004; 15 years ago (2004-08)

The blog first appeared on the Internet in August 2004. It was one of the first political blogs to feature vlogs (video blogs) causing Amato to be referred to as "The Vlogfather".[citation needed]. The site contains an audio and video archive of various political events, television, and radio shows. Originally it only retransmitted audio and video of these events; however, in late 2005 it began to cover breaking news stories and distribute their own original audio interviews.

Along with a variety of clips from television news media, the site frequently features clips from cable programs such as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Rachel Maddow Show (TV series), and Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

Crooks and Liars received the "Best Video Blog" award at the Weblog Awards in 2006,[6] and a "Best Weblog About Politics" at the 2008 Weblog Awards.[7]

Time magazine listed Crooks and Liars as one of the 25 Best Blogs of 2009.[8]

Crooks and Liars was described as an "Immensely popular political blog"[9]:174[10] by The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging.


  1. ^ "The World's 50 Most Powerful Blogs". The Observer (England). March 9, 2008. p. 34.
  2. ^ Bluegal aka Fran's blog. Crooks and Liars. January 30, 2012
  3. ^ "Blue Gal".
  4. ^ "nonny mouse's Latest Posts - Crooks and Liars".
  5. ^ Kenneth Quinnell's blog Crooks and Liars.
  6. ^ 2006 Weblog Awards Results. Archived 2008-05-13 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved May 20, 2007
  7. ^ 2008 Weblog Awards Results. Retrieved March 11, 2008
  8. ^ McNichol, Tom. (February 18, 2009) 25 Best Blogs of 2009. Retrieved August 24, 2014.
  9. ^ The editors of the Huffington Post; Huffington, Arianna (introduction) (2008). The Huffington Post complete guide to blogging (1st paperback ed.). Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9781439105009.
  10. ^ 'this immensely popular political blog uses a heavy dose of video clips to expose the unending stream of "spin" deployed by politicians and TV talking heads' (Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging, p. 174).

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