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.
The MSM should be getting scared!
Happy New Year!
USA, all the way!
Posted by: Michael Weaver at December 27, 2006 07:19 PM
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
Posted by: Jeff Bargholz at December 28, 2006 12:42 AM
Posted by: Rightmom at December 28, 2006 01:26 AM
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
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
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
One day he, too, willlook back onhis youthfulpiece of writing with embarassment.
Posted by: Ralph Hatcher at December 28, 2006 12:40 PM
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