Hewitt Eviscerates Rago

Transcript here.

Rago's column, if you haven't read it, is here. Excerpt:

The blogs are not as significant as their self-endeared curators would like to think. Journalism requires journalists, who are at least fitfully confronting the digital age. The bloggers, for their part, produce minimal reportage. Instead, they ride along with the MSM like remora fish on the bellies of sharks, picking at the scraps.

More success is met in purveying opinion and comment. Some critics reproach the blogs for the coarsening and increasing volatility of political life. Blogs, they say, tend to disinhibit. Maybe so. But politics weren't much rarefied when Andrew Jackson was president, either. The larger problem with blogs, it seems to me, is quality. Most of them are pretty awful. Many, even some with large followings, are downright appalling.

Every conceivable belief is on the scene, but the collective prose, by and large, is homogeneous: A tone of careless informality prevails; posts oscillate between the uselessly brief and the uselessly logorrheic; complexity and complication are eschewed; the humor is cringe-making, with irony present only in its conspicuous absence; arguments are solipsistic; writers traffic more in pronouncement than persuasion . . .

Because political blogs are predictable, they are excruciatingly boring. More acutely, they promote intellectual disingenuousness, with every constituency hostage to its assumptions and the party line. Thus the right-leaning blogs exhaustively pursue second-order distractions--John Kerry always providing useful material--while leaving underexamined more fundamental issues, say, Iraq. Conservatives have long taken it as self-evident that the press unfavorably distorts the war, which may be the case; but today that country is a vastation, and the unified field theory of media bias has not been altered one jot.

Leftward fatuities too are easily found: The fatuity matters more than the politics. If the blogs have enthusiastically endorsed Joseph Conrad's judgment of newspapering--"written by fools to be read by imbeciles"--they have also demonstrated a remarkable ecumenicalism in filling out that same role themselves.

h/t: Allah.

Posted by: Ragnar at 04:36 PM


1 We can do it! By supporting Blogs, and attacking AP lies loudly, and clearly, we can bring AP down in ruins!

The MSM should be getting scared!

Happy New Year!
USA, all the way!

Posted by: Michael Weaver at December 27, 2006 07:19 PM

2 LOL Mr. Rago has a serious case ofass. [didn't read Hewitt btw]

We've got 'em by the short hairs, yes they still have more access [sic broadcast licences] and more money than we do but the ijiots still believe they're gonna make a comback of sorts with the internetS.

The huge Problem for them is, is that in everincreasingnumbers we are refusing to buy their product anymore.

Super Overblown Star Rapporteurs make eggcellent targets andnobodypunctures Blow Hards Journalists like bloggers do!

Fact checking all the liars has gots to be the funnest thing going, it's ever so lovely to catch either apolitition or gubmint spokesperson laying a big fat one.

Political races: Bloggers were right on top of manystories the major political parties and the MSM tried to bury.

Mil blogs prove the case all by themselves. They broke the real story and continyue to do so even though the MSM keeps producing a river of shit memes and agit prop as per usual.

I congratulate all of you.Or should I say US!! yes US, I congratulate all of US.

Happy New Year!

Posted by: Rubin at December 27, 2006 09:53 PM

3 It looks like the appropriately named Rago doesn’t want any competition. Too bad. The blogosphere has broken the stranglehold the Establishment Media had on public discourse, and he feels threatened. Like most print journalists, he’s afraid of losing influence and becoming obsolete, so he’s lashing out against the new wave in journalism. The fear and loathing in his piece was impossible to miss, because he’s obviously too sophomoric to control either one. He’s too stupid to conceal his fear, and too arrogant to realize his hatred reflects poorly on him and the entire field of print journalism. The sneering elitism of Rago and his cohorts turns people off, and their desire to control the national debate by hook or by crook is exactly what drives more and more people to the blogosphere for news and editorials. People want “who, what, why, where, and when,” not Big Brother using manufactured news to dictate what they’re supposed to feel and believe. Yellow journalism isn’t in big demand, but you’d never know it by looking at the claptrap produced by the so called “mainstream” media.The blogsphere is a superior news venue, and thoughtful Americans are increasingly turning to it for the most up to date information, honest reporting, and the chance to interact with its news writers. It’s like the IMAX of news compared to the silent movie era newsreels of the creaky old Establishment Media. Corresponding with like minded people is also a big plus, whether someone is a moderate, a conservative, or a thoughtless, left-wing automaton. Most moderates and conservatives enjoy having their ideology validated, while leftists live for their ideological circle jerks.Paleojournalists like Rago don’t want anybody using the internet to bypass print and broadcast journalism. They want to force-feed the public left-wing pap from their antiquated Establishment Media outlets, and suppress any healthy alternatives. Ironically, Ragin’ Rago admits that he reads most of the top blogs he claims are inferior to the Establishment Media. He wouldn’t bother to do that if they really were inferior. His own screed against the blogosphere contained so many inaccuracies and inanities that it has become the subject of ridicule. He should have titled it “The Print News Cabal: Written By Liars To Be Read By Dupes.” By his own admission, the title he chose was plagiarized from Joseph Conrad’s description of the very print news he’s trying to extol. “Written by fools to be read by imbeciles.” That’s never been truer than it is today. He tried to stifle the photosphere but all he did was spark a shit-storm of newsblog analysis--a shit-storm that is burning his ass to a crisp. Hugh Hewitt skinned him alive in the interview linked here. Rago was exposed as the mewling, pretentious, pedantic, and snot-nosed ignoramus that he is. He’s being flayed all across the conservative blogosphere. His story is unintentionally hilarious. His whopper about being a conservative who loves “The New Republic” and “The New Criterion” made me laugh out loud. I’m not surprised that he lies for a living, although he’s obviously deluded enough to believe in the fable of the Old Media’s self proclaimed superiority. Maybe Rago will make it to the wall of shame along with Dan Rather, Eason Jordan, et al. That would be a real accomplishment for a 23 year old.

Posted by: Jeff Bargholz at December 28, 2006 12:42 AM

4 I am thankful that new media is here and am never surprised by the old media with their left-thinking brains twisting stories to fit their idea of America. I just told my husband that it take the death of a Republican President to be spoken kindly of in the old media and yet they speak glowingly of Carter or Clinton on a daily basis, it is truly sickening.

Posted by: Rightmom at December 28, 2006 01:26 AM

5 Such a whiny, snivelling pile of drivel, but does anyone expect
anything else from a slimy piece of lefturd shit? I certainly don't,
but I do find it ironic that he writes about irony, because the true
irony is the by continually supporting the enemies of freedom for the
past hundred years and continuing to do so unabated intot the future,
he and all other lefturds in the world are helping set the stage for
the greatest, most protracted slaughter that humanity has ever
perpetrated upon itself, because the violence that rages in the world
now is merely a light breeze that preceeds the hurricane.

Once our efforts in the Middle East have failed, which they surely
shall, thanks in no small parts to Rago and his ilk, who never tire of
being our enemies' waterboys, combined with the general apathy and
unmanliness of a degenerate West, the car bombs will be going off in
London, Paris, Madrid, New York, and San Francisco, as well as all
other major cities in the West, on a daily basis, and if we, the last
few holdouts of Western civilization, begin to fight back, it will be a
no holds barred ethnic cleansing on a scale that even lefturds can't
imagine in their most fevered dreams, which says a lot, because
lefturds love the idea of wiping out whole portions of humanity, and
they seem to have set their sights on us. Well, what's good for the
goose is good for the gander, so if lefturds and muslims are so
enamored with genocide, we should give it to them, and exterminate them
all, if we can find enough men with the balls to do it in our weak,
useless, effeminate society.

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at December 28, 2006 08:13 AM

6 Whilst blogs have a role, do you honestly believe we'd have any news at all were it not for the MSM? Sure, you might get one or two unchecked, unverified, entirely-subjective reports filtering in if someone interested in blogging happened to reside near a newsworthy story, but in the main, it ain't the bloggers going out and doing the footwork, is it?
Don't get me wrong - places like this do some great work in aggregating, editorialising, elucidating, and generally presenting news in an interesting format - and granted, they get the occasional scoop. But the 'blogosphere' (ridiculous term, by the way) is not going to replace the MSM - if it did, it would need professional, salaried journalists working full time. Then, it would simply become the MSM, albeit delivered over a different medium. And no, I'm not a journo, or in any way associated with the MSM. I simply like to get my news from a variety of sources, and judge the veracity myself. Good as they are, I'd be pretty bummed out if only the blogs were left.

Posted by: Preston at December 28, 2006 08:56 AM

7 People, this guy is 23 years old.

A story not unlike Tara Connor and Katie Rees, until recently no one knew who he was. And, as evidenced by his clearly misguided thinking (you know he was beaten as a child) he will fade back into the MSM obscurity.

Posted by: maclgf at December 28, 2006 11:26 AM

8 When I was in college I wrote a letter to the editor of the local paper. I spent a good deal of time with a dictionary and thesaurus finding the most obscure words and phrases so as to sound smart. I suspect Mr. Rago did the same with this piece, judging by the difference in vocabulary between his written and his spoken words.
One day he, too, willlook back onhis youthfulpiece of writing with embarassment.

Posted by: Ralph Hatcher at December 28, 2006 12:40 PM

9 Preston:I'm, going to assume you didn't bother to read the Hugh Hewitt interview with Rago, because if you did, you're hopeless.As he pointed out, the Establishment Media dominates the quantity of news available due to their huge budgets, but the blogs rule when it comes to quality. Science, law, sports, current events, history, and the biggest news story in the world--the Coalition mission in Iraq--are all covered most expertly by bloggers.These bloggersare experts in their fields, and on the ground where it matters--specifically Iraq. Even the amateurs tend to do a far better job. Conservative amateurs, anyway. Left-wing blogs simply parrot the EM.It's your beloved EM"journalists" who sip cocktails in the Green Zone and print jihadi propaganda written by terrorist stringers as though it were irrefutable fact. Phony stories, phony sources, andideological agendasare the norm, not the exception.Michael Yon, the soldier bloggers, Centcom, et al. are the real experts getting the real stories on the ground. You know, the ones the EM smears as liars and Bush operatives on a daily basis.Nobody here claimed that the blogosphere (a ridiculous term coined by your idiotic heroes in the EM,) was going to replace the old ways. What has been said is that the EM is losing its captive base. Even Rago knows more and more people prefer to get their news from blogs--especially young people. That's why he wrote his hatchet-job.You wrote that you "like to get my news from a variety of sources, and judge the veracity myself." What do you think the blogosphere is doing, you unmitigated twit?It's a sad fact that most news comesthrough the thoroughly unreliable and hopelessly left-wing EM. Many of us have become fact checkers for the deeply dishonest, and quite frankly, incompetent, EM. That pisses guys like you off. Too fucking bad. The monopoly the EM had on news is over. They no longer get to decree waht is considered news, how it will be presented, and what America should think and feel about it. Sure, they stilldistort the facts outrageously and manufacturestories out of whole cloth, but they aren't getting away with it any longer.The old days are gone.

Posted by: Jeff Bargholz at December 28, 2006 09:32 PM

10 Maclgf:This 23 year old guy typefies the dishonesty and sneering elitism of the Establishment Media. He's a perfect example of what's wrong with "journalism" today.If he does drop from the public's attention, he'll still be hard at work fleecing the public. Journalism schools are churning out hudreds of assholes just like him every year.This problem isn't going away anytime soon, especially if we ignore it.

Posted by: Jeff Bargholz at December 28, 2006 09:36 PM

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