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Peggy Noonan on Blogging

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It was inevitable, but someone had to do it. I’m rather glad it was Peggy Noonan, who is more eloquent than most. In the wake of the Eason Jordan affair, quite a few people are asking or opining “whither blogging.”

“Salivating morons.” “Scalp hunters.” “Moon howlers.” “Trophy hunters.” “Sons of Sen. McCarthy.” “Rabid.” “Blogswarm.” “These pseudo-journalist lynch mob people.”

This is excellent invective. It must come from bloggers. But wait, it was the mainstream media and their maidservants in the elite journalism reviews, and they were talking about bloggers!

Those MSMers have gone wild, I tell you! The tendentious language, the low insults. It’s the Wild Wild West out there. We may have to consider legislation.

When you hear name-calling like what we’ve been hearing from the elite media this week, you know someone must be doing something right. The hysterical edge makes you wonder if writers for newspapers and magazines and professors in J-schools don’t have a serious case of freedom envy.

She has some predictions – which mostly amount to the legitimization if not cooption of blogging by the MSM – something I’m not sure is actually viable due to the perceived and more likely real editorial control. Still, thought-provoking observations, not the least of which being that the only blogger mentioned in the past tense is Sullivan. Heh.

But then you knew she’s been paying attention.


Written by martinipundit

February 17, 2005 at 9:46 am

Posted in Blogging, MSM

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