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On Liberal Bloggers

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I don’t link to many liberal bloggers as some readers have no doubt noticed. For those who haven’t, they’re in the “Down in Back” section of the sidebar. (Some might quibble about my placement of Andrew Sullivan in that group, but that’s how I see him.) From time to time, I consider adding more, as I think it important to look in on them from time to time just to see what’s going on. There are quite a few more in the bookmarks of my browser, but it seems every time I reach to add one to the “back” I stop. David Frum has a possible explanation:

[We are] witnessing the failure of a revolution-that-never-was. When liberal pundits began hailing the emergence of left-wing blogging as a counterweight to conservative talk-radio (and for that matter the pro-war blogging of sites like LittleGreenFootballs.com, Instapundit.com, HughHewitt.com, BelmontClubBlogspot.com, AndrewSullivan.com, NRO, and so many others) they did so because they hoped to find in the left blogs a substitute for the fading dominance of the old-line liberal media.

But that was never going to happen. For conservatives, the advent of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity and FoxNews and the blogosphere is all good news. But for liberals, the move from a world dominated by three big liberal networks, two big liberal newsmagazines, and two great liberal newspapers to a world in which bloggers can bring down a network anchor and the Times’ own executive editor is an absolute and utter catastrophe, even if some of those bloggers happen to be liberal themselves.

This does begin to put a finger on how I see it. Blogs are an alternative outlet for views, analysis, and commentary that one does not otherwise hear. The idea that contemporary liberal views fall into that category is absurd.

(It also seems that Mr. Frum has not read Sullivan’s blog in some time.)

Update Meanwhile, Soxblog says everything that needs to be said about the Old Gray Lady.

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Written by martinipundit

September 27, 2004 at 3:39 pm

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