Firedoglake (abbreviated as FDL) was an American collaborative blog that described itself as a “leading progressive news site, online community, and action organization“. Established by film producer Jane Hamsher in 2004, Firedoglake served as a platform for Hamsher, other writers and commenters to engage in debate and activism. Hamsher shut down Firedoglake on August 1, 2015, citing health reasons, and announced that all posts would be archived at the Shadowproof website.
In December 2004, Hamsher founded the blogFiredoglake, naming it after her favorite activity at the time, sitting by the fire with her dog while watching Los Angeles Lakers games. Then published on Blogger.com,Firedoglake won a 2005 Koufax Award for “Best Series” for its detailed coverage of the Plame affair, while being in close contention for “Best New Blog” and “Best Group Blog”.
In late 2005, Hamsher expanded FDL into a group blog, featuring such regular contributors as Christy Hardin Smith (aka “Reddhead”), Marcy Wheeler (aka “emptywheel”), “TRex”, “Pachacutec”, and “Siun”, later joined by others, and she published it utilizing WordPress, enabling moderated and filtered commenting. In 2008, in a profile of Hamsher published in the Washingtonian, she stated that “FireDogLake has about 20 people who write for it, maybe a dozen site administrators who watch what’s happening on the blog.”
- Elections – blog by Jon Walker, FDL Elections is a blog about election coverage, political campaigns, and polling.
- MyFDL – MyFDL is the community site of progressive political blog Firedoglake. Anyone can participate by writing a diary, commenting on diaries, or joining groups to find other people in their areas.
- TBogg – Humorous/satirical blog written by Tom Boggioni, “A Somewhat Popular Blogger”
- Pam’s House Blend – blog on women’s, LGBT, and religious issues written by Pam Spaulding along with Autumn Sandeen and other regular contributors.
- Just Say Now – Just Say Now is a campaign for marijuana legalization, made of a transpartisan alliance of organizations seeking to reform our nation’s drug laws.
- Dissenter – The Dissenter is a Firedoglake blog curated by journalist Kevin Gosztola that covers civil liberties, digital freedom issues, including regular coverage of WikiLeaks, Chelsea Manning, and the US Government’s prosecution of whistleblowers. According to their About section, “the name also stems from the fact that the right to dissent is one of the most important civil liberties to defend in this country. As dissent becomes more and more objectionable to a government and society, a country becomes less free”.
- Bytegeist – Launched in September, 2012, Firedoglake’s Bytegeist seeks to explore the intersection between politics, technology and laws.
- La Figa – blog by Lisa Derrick exploring the intersection of politics and popular culture