Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Tom Tomorrow explains how the media totally blows it on blogs

I had a discussion earlier today regarding the media's narrative about liberal blogs. We concluded that the media pretty much just repeats variations of "Liberal Blogs: They So Crazy!"

Turns out that Tom Tomorrow recently wrote an open letter addressing this very topic:
The thing is, David, that while your colleagues focus on the occasional swear word or internecine pissing match on left wing blogs, they mostly ignore what’s happening on the right half of the blogosphere. And it’s a fever swamp over there, it really is. Accusations of treason, made in utter seriousness, are routinely levelled against journalists who have the audacity to report the facts, and against Democratic Senators who have the temerity to oppose the president. To their credit, Newsweek’s Blogwatch column this week notes a prominent right-wing blogger responding to the Supreme Court’s Hamdan decision with the comment “Five ropes, five robes, five trees. Some assembly required.” (A similar sentiment, aimed at journalists, can be found on the site of a t-shirt company that frequently advertises on right-wing blogs.) Here’s one question: if such rhetoric can be laughed off by your colleagues as mere hyperbole — particularly when they are frequently the suggested target — why on earth do they get so worked up over a few allegedly foul-mouthed liberals?


At 12:02 PM, July 26, 2006, Anonymous TBerz said...

I love it when our discussions show up as blog material. This is an important point that seems to be lost on the MSM. Did you see McCain on TDS? He said we have to raise the level of debate and stop accusing each other of treason. Stewart agreed, but said he believed that would happen as soon as we have peace in the Middle East. It's Rovism that has poisoned our nation's discourse.

At 5:00 PM, July 27, 2006, Blogger IvyMike said...

I just saw the McCain clip last night. I really wish Stewart had pressed McCain a little harder on some of the questions. I know Stewart's a comedian, but he had a chance to ask some more interesting questions than a typical interviewer.

I would have really liked to hear what McCain thinks of Bush's signing statement to the effect of "The U.S. is going to ignore the McCain anti-torture bill."


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