Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Blogging in pajamas? I'm blogging in a penis gourd

'Mr. Klein dismissed the bloggers who are raising questions about the authenticity of the memos: "You couldn't have a starker contrast between the multiple layers of check and balances [at '60 Minutes'] and a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing."'

Well, he's not just writing, Mr. Pompous Newsman. He's checking facts and attribution, for one, which you people don't seem to do much of. And he's cross-referencing with other bloggers, many of whom are experts in particular fields, attorneys, and otherwise highly educated and trained people, which acts as a pretty good organism to ferret out truth and falsehood. And finally, he's not part of a club that only includes other frustrated liberal activists posing as news professionals.

Writing the news used to be a trade. Now it's a completely unregulated profession. That's not a good thing. The US mainstream press is the most powerful entity in the world with no constraints other than the market. For all its joys and benefits, the market is a poor mechanism with which to moderate such a vast and subtle power.

So we are what's left. You and I give the press its power. And we can take it away.

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