Skip to comments.In the Blogosphere, Lightning Strikes Thrice
Posted on 02/12/2005 9:03:26 PM PST by Pikamax
In the Blogosphere, Lightning Strikes Thrice
By Howard Kurtz Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, February 13, 2005; Page D01
The blogosphere, with its lightning speed and rough-edged sense of justice, seems to be claiming more victims more quickly.
Three dramatic departures in recent days have highlighted the one-strike-and-you're-out nature of trial by Internet. Eason Jordan quit under pressure as CNN's chief news executive Friday night over his remarks on U.S. soldiers killing journalists in Iraq, following a relentless campaign by online critics but scant coverage in the mainstream press. In past episodes, journalists have been forced to resign, or news organizations to admit error, after Web commentators helped push a controversy into newspaper and television reports. In Jordan's case, the middle step was all but skipped.
Critics blamed the halting nature of Jordan's and CNN's defense. "Blogs are unforgiving of that lack of speedy responsiveness," says veteran magazine editor Jeff Jarvis, who blogs at buzzmachine.com. "We used to be the gatekeepers," and would grapple with criticism "in our own sweet time. You'd think we would understand the speed of news better than anybody, and we don't. We used to control that speed."
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
Nah back in the Obits because that's what they're hoping will happen to the bloggashpere.
And -- ohhhhh, yeah -- at the very end they finally remember to point out that Howie Kurtz has a show on CNN.
And whose fault was that?? Did the web commentators intimidate the major news networks and newspapers into not covering the story?
I guess the next followup will be in the classifieds.
After that it will go to the obituary page.
I love how the Wapo just can't bring their little peabrains to mention Fr. They tried to destroy Fr, and it didn't work. Revenge is a dish best served cold. HEHEHEHE
> Blogs are unforgiving ...
But they are largely self-correcting,
unlike the dying legacy media.
Indeed, one might say that blogs-as-news
exists precisely because the legacy media
had convinced itself that correction was
almost never required.
Not to mention bias? What bias?
How dare you call us dinosaurs biased.
If journalists actually REPORTED news, instead of fabricating it, then they wouldn't have to worry about the blogosphere.
Here .. this is better :0)
If journalists actually REPORTED news, instead of fabricating it, then they wouldn't have to worry about the blogosphere
has a transcript of this meeting/discussion been released yet? I remember reading that Olly North had a copy of it and was planning to release it.
Gee, it's sounding more and more like Howie's beginning to get the picture that WE don't need HIM to tell us what's "what" with the press anymore.
This is his second whack at "bloggers" within two days. (Aren't you glad we're not bloggers?)
He may be out of job soon.
Maybe the "blogesphere is getting a little to close for old howies comfort.
I've been trying to follow this story, and it is a little complicated. What I understand is that a democrat baited a high-profile Republican into responding with information that the democrat published to use against the republican, against FR--right?
The republican thought that a FR identity and FReepmail were safe, but he didn't know who he was giving information to, is that right?
I'm so confused...:-(
CNN put the announcement of Jordan's resignation in the Entertainment section.
Admittedly, it was entertaining...
PS, go ahead and laugh at me. I really regret not being able to follow this story...
I'm with you on that one.
So Eason Jordan resigned, with no notice from the rest of Lamestream Media. There is no "there" there, on that aspect.
When Trent Lott said at a party for an old man that Strom Thurmond would have made a great President, he was celebrating the man himself, not what that old man had once believed. Lott would never endorse the past ignorance of people, and everyone knows it...but he was pummelled in the press, and by his colleagues, until he dutifully fell on his sword for giving even the hint.
In Jordans case, he fell on his sword for leaving evidence behind, ie, a videotape, plus transcripts from previous statements. Of course, the left and the media are perfectly willing to entertain any crackpot half-whispered charge that throws the Republicans and the military into a harsh light., but to get caught at it without wiggle room simply isn't done, and therein lies the difference.
Once you accept that Noam Chomsky, Ward Churchill, et al are the icons of leftist thought, then the demure cantings of more reasonable liberals like Eason, Kennedy, Dean, Pelosi, Krugman, Friedman, etc. can be seen in proper light.
Chomsky is so twisted in philosophy and machinations on the evils of American exceptionalism that by contrast, the loons at Air America read like "Dick & Jane". He's certainly a linguist and wordsmith, but boil it all down and it's little more than projected self-loathing. The man is a twit with a thesaurus. Ward Churchill so hates the eurocentric roots of the U.S. that he eschewed his own lily-white lineage, pretending to be an indian and calling for the removal of the United States from North America, and more 9/11's. The man clearly has the top of his teepee tied too tightly.
No wonder Howard Dean said that Democrats have to appeal to the "southern, redneck, pickup-driving, gun-in-the-back-window crowd". Sure, they vote, but they're as far removed from liberal thought as the idea that money actually belongs to the people that earn it...a quaint and clearly deluded notion.
They can't actually just come out and say this kind of crap though. Words must be couched, nuanced, and subtle. Spending is investment, tax cuts are costs, liberation is occupation, the death penalty is murder, suicide bombers are "insurgent freedom-fighters", cultural diversity is "no whites, Christians or conservatives", and total government control is "risk-averse optimization".
Although Dean says he hates Republicans, and Hillary says they're gonna take your money for the larger good, those sound bites don't get any play in the lamestream media. Those words are for the sycophant insiders, and are only reported on blogs, conservative forums, right-wing radio, and Fox news.
Slowly though, the grip loosens, due to these outlets. It's not just the numbers of people who watch Fox, or listen to Rush, or read the blogs; though their numbers are impressive. It's also in the daily interactions these people have with others. It's how they read, do more research, develop arguments and ideas, and assimilate all this new information into the everyday political and social debates they have with their friends, co-workers, and acquaintances.
John Kerry is not President,thanks to SwiftBoatVets and the Internet, though he still clings to his Majic Hat. Dan Rather was laid low by FreeRepublic and the blogs, and the debate is over as to whether he was decieved or lied, regardless the CBS findings. Eason Jordan is toast thanks to Hugh Hewitt and others, and more people know about it than the lamestream media care to admit.
While hard-core leftists and liberals are shouting so loudly that they cannot tell that fewer of their canaries singing, more people are beginning to hear what these anti-american, self-styled european socialists are saying, and they are beginning to abandon the mines for the fresh air and light above ground.
LOL.. the news media has been all over the 'blogs' lately
May I please slip into something more comfortable, such as my PAJAMAS, before answering you? :)
They'll never understand FR, will they? They'll never understand how we all long for the truth. Just the truth.
And if it's not given us, we'll go get it!!! We will NOT manufacture it! Sheesh, what IS so hard about that?
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