And the whole system [of blogging] is based on a kind of intellectual theft. Internet aggregators (who link to news they don't produce) and bloggers would have little to collect or comment upon without the costly enterprise of newsgathering and investigative reporting. The old-media dinosaurs remain the basis for the entire media food chain.
Mark Steyn briskly debunks this platitudinous hooey with a short NRO note on how studiously the MSM is ignoring "Warmergate," the whistleblower [?] generated e-mail spew from the East Anglia CRU, the primary logistical gathering point of fallacious and deliberately skewed "data" used to propagate and promote the AGW hoax. Bloggers contribute more nowadays to the "marketplace of ideas" than the full-throated hosannas the alphabet networks and "fishwrap of record" NYT do. Bloggers serve a useful purpose in pointing out the numerous inaccuracies and ridiculous omissions, such as the CRU e-mail whistleblower's data dump, which might hamper Dear Leader's rush to install socialism rather than capitalism as the nation's economic paradigm.
Or perhaps Dr. Gerson, who I believe like Al Gore has a degree in Divinity, demonstrates a penchant for new religions [Gaia] or a reverance for old ones [MSM dinosaurs]. Has Gerson forgotten the overly-long limited hang-out the MSM permitted fraud and hoaxster John Edwards concerning his dalliance with an over-the-hill media whore who seduced him with an ambush in NYC consisting of "You are sooooo hot!???" Edwards is the anti-Palin, as phony as she is sincere, and just the kind of guy the MSM find mirrors their own inner emptiness. Gerson should take a vacation outside the District of Columbia and perhaps actually attend a Tea Party where real tax-paying voting Americans express real grievances. Or actually interview Sarah Palin with an eye to eliciting more than some other version of "gotcha" mousetraps that the alphabet networks sent Katie and Brian and Charlie to set in front of the media neophyte. The MSM still froths at the mouth at the mention of Palin, a reaction perhaps more revealing of themselves than of the former VP candidate.
Jacob Weisberg presents a more extreme sort of eristic nonsense, positing that a "health reform" bill, actually a legislative DOA of an aborted fetus, delivered by the SOTU on January 20th will make him another FDR. If he is speaking about measures this "constitutional-scholar community-organizer" has promoted that may be overthrown by the SCOTUS, Slate's lisping Delphic Sybil may be accurate. A sample of Weisberg's errant gibberish:
When it comes to foreign policy, Obama's accomplishment has been less tangible but hardly less significant: He has put America on a new footing with the rest of the world. In a series of foreign trips and speeches, which critics deride as trips and speeches, he replaced George W. Bush's unilateral, moralistic militarism with an approach that is multilateral, pragmatic, and conciliatory. Obama has already significantly reoriented policy toward Iran, China, Russia, Iraq, Israel, and the Islamic world.
And Obama has been totally unsuccessful in each and every instance Weisberg cites, with no real responses from any of the "reoriented policy" changes he lavishes praise upon. Instead, like Jimmy Carter, the President [and precedent] Weisberg might have been well-advised to use in comparison, Dear Leader has given away the commanding moral heights to anti-democratic dictatorships [including Putin's] while receiving exactly nothing in return, all the while insulting and rebuffing our democratic allies [Poland, Honduras, Czech Republic, Israel].
A longer version of the Slate nonsense above, with its fulsome praise of a stimulus only beginning to sluice money to DNC supported projects or of Obama's foreign policy which is garnering faint praise from everyone save himself, Weisberg vouchsafed to Newsweak to complete his flight from readers' eyeballs. Meacham and Evans will welcome Weisberg's nincompoopery as befitting their editorial lurch into irrelevance.