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Andrew Leigh on Pajamas Media on National Review Online:
"'If we're not certain a story is real,' Simon said, 'we immediately ping our eight wise men and check it out.'"
Wise men = people like Michelle Malkin and Glenn Reynolds?
You see, I find this whole "bloggers will factcheck the mainstream media" idea kinda silly, as many of these "factchecking bloggers" are nothing more than people sitting around coming up with farfetched theories and pushing their agenda.
Its akin to politicians who think they can diagnose a terminally ill patient over the TV.
These are the people that got a big head after they caught CBS using a memo of dubious origin. It wasn't, as they claimed, that CBS was deliberately passing a forged memo, attune with their liberal slant, but rather that most mainstream media outlets are sloppy when it comes to making sure their sources are legit before they hit the air. You see, they never produced enough evidence that the document was forged, but they did show that CBS didn't do a good enough job of determining the memos authenticity before running with it.
They chased a rabbit into the bushes and came back out with a squirell; hardly a victory. But that does not stop them from using that accidental victory as a basis for their legitimacy.
Isn't this all a little pie-in-the-sky, however? Who could imagine supplanting the venerable Associated Press wire service, for instance?
Oh good lord!!
Charles Johnson is the owner of Little Green Footballs, a blog I consider the most odious of the right wing attack blogs, hurling out insults and smear on a daily basis, with little to no regard to facts at all.
Another of their "wise men" is Michelle Malkin, whose new book, "Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild" is slowly, and methodically being torn to journalistic shreds by David Neiwert.
Its not that ordinary bloggers aren't useful in providing different points of view, and even closer coverage of events, because they are, its that these partisans are basically setting up a network of likeminded people to act as an echo chamber for their attacks on the media's critical coverage of their issues. They've been wrong too many times to count and seem to think that the one time they accidentely hit paydirt makes them credible.
As a little point of fact, nearly all of these "fact checking" bloggers were on board with Bush's claims that Iraq had a functioning WMD program and was intent on using it against Americans.
Even a broken watch is right twice a day.
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