Sunday, January 29, 2006

Flogging the Blogs

UPDATE: Is the Post's Howard Kurtz Still a "Reliable Source"?

"Democrats are getting an early glimpse of an intraparty rift that could complicate efforts to win back the White House: fiery liberals raising their voices on Web sites and in interest groups vs. elected officials trying to appeal to a much broader audience. ... ...

"The bloggers and online donors represent an important resource for the party, but they are not representative of the majority you need to win elections," said Steve Elmendorf, a Democratic lobbyist who advised Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign. "The trick will be to harness their energy and their money without looking like you are a captive of the activist left."
Blogs Attack From Left as Democrats Reach for Center

This article by the Washington Post's Jim VandeHei has set off fire breathing posts around the blogosphere, with good reason. Kevin asked for a new thread to discuss it. You have to wonder if Mr. VandeHei is flogging the blogs because we busted one of the bosses, Deborah Howell, on shoddy reporting, which wasn't her job anyway. Or is it something deeper? Some think so, which you can find here, here, here and here. Let's hear what you think about the stink. An open thread awaits...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

VH also managed to placed all the blame for Dean's failure in 2004 in the netroot Dems vs. Establishment Democrats.

He ignored the real problem of a the major media participation in the demonization of Dean. The major media invented 'the scream' -- an event taken completely out of context and used to establish that Dean was too 'outta control' to be President.

Hold the media responsible for telling the truth.

11:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone else noticed the very last post on Sunday evening (1/15/06 10:39:18 pm), the one that blew their fuse? It may have been the last straw and caused them to strike the whole comments record and shut down the Maryland Moment blog. The post was the one speculating that Howell was one among many hundreds of professional plants placed by the repugs in our formerly free press, to bottle up the truth and mislead us:

“Remember the guy that the Bush administration planted at PBS (PUBLIC broadcasting ferGodssake)? Ms Howell is another one of those plants and they're carefully placing operatives like her at hundreds or thousands of newspapers and TV networks all over the world to make sure the truth is never known.
“Ms Howell, whether the GOP and the Bush Administration are paying you or holding some indiscretion over your head or have taken your mother hostage, you are working for them and not the fourth estate. You know it, we know it, and everyone will soon know it.
“God, it's such an overused term, but necessary because it's so accurate - ORWELLIAN!”
Posted by: ex post reader | Jan 15, 2006 10:39:18 PM | Permalink
That is the kind of thing they never want anyone to know, until it’s too late to do anything about.

the cubist (1/15/06, 9:00:56pm

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Tennessean said...

Must have been a slow news day for Jimmy V....He can always write up another article on how shameful it is for Jim Brady and Deborah Howell to be weeping, wailing and gnashing their teeth over blunt criticism of clear distortions of the truth published by them. But, it's another thing entirely to be seen doing that when real journalists are risking their lives in combat zones and getting blown up for it. Now, that's shameful indeed, and I suspect that both Howell and Brady are feeling a little "dirty" after hearing about Bob Woodruff's injuries on the job. Sort makes their poor paper cuts pale in comparison doesnt' it? Someone ought to ask Jimmy V. why he hasn't enlisted to cover the war...instead of sitting around on his fat ass writing tabloid rumormill stories about blogs.

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