Get Your Blog Up

“This administration is populated by people who’ve spent their careers bashing government. They’re not just small-government conservatives—they’re Grover Norquist, strangle-it-in-the-bathtub conservatives. It’s a cognitive disconnect for them to be able to do something well in an arena that they have so derided and reviled all these years.”

Senator Hillary Clinton

Monday, December 27, 2004

The truth about blogging

After taking the last few days off, I was worried it would be had to get back into the swing of things. Thanks, Glenn Reynolds, with providing the softball to swing at as he talks about Hugh Hewitt's new book:
Best quote: "Blogs are built on speed and trust, and the MSM is very slow and very distrusted."

First one has to wonder what kind of revenue share Glenn gets from Hugh, as there are at least four or five references to his book in the last two days. But this quote is particularly telling when you recall Hugh's hatchet job on John Kerry's stance on gay marriage, for example.

The whole speed and trust thing may be what blogs are built on according to Hugh, which shows what little value he and Glenn put in what is perhaps the most important factor of all: truth. As pointed out by Jon Stewart, however, facts and truth are often at odds with the right.

There are any number of stories that get credited as being true and never get corrected. Mr. Reynolds is one quick to cast stories into his own distorted view of the world, and, to his credit, sometimes posts retractions when the truth comes out. But of course, the damage is done: the meme he pushes forward spreads like wildfire, and the squirt gun he provides to douse it does nothing to stop the damage he creates (see the latest WMD found! story).

The point is, blogs aren't the "news" of the future, but they may well become the op-ed page of tomorrow. They may move at a faster pace then the news does, but they often have to wait for the news to report something before they discuss it.

Pandagon unknowingly (or do they?) answers one of Glenn's other points. I'll leave it to them to take care of it.