Thursday, December 30, 2004

1st Round: PowerLine

By now most everyone surfing the net should know about the vindictive column written about the PowerLine guys and their rebuttal. I really admire these guys, systematically taking on their local newspaper with valid challenges. Every newspaper should be under the same scrutiny.
My favorite responses to the attack on PowerLine comes from one of my most favorite sites: Brain Terminal. Evan takes the columnist, Nick Coleman, to task with some surprising insights of the old media:
Coleman also lets slip something that tells us quite a bit about the mentality of today's press:
Powerline is the biggest link in a daisy chain of right-wing blogs that is assaulting the Mainstream Media while they toot their horns in the service of ... what? The downtrodden? No, that was yesterday's idea of the purpose of journalism.

That's funny; I always thought the purpose of journalism was to describe noteworthy events, to tell what happened. No, in Coleman's world, the purpose of the media is to "toot their horns in the service of [...] the downtrodden." Of course, they get to decide who's downtrodden, they get to decide how the downtrodden should be served--it always seems to be through the election of liberals or the support of big government programs--and they get to decide what facts to leave out and what details to spin in order to further their goals. Gotta give Coleman credit for honesty, but I bet he wishes he could take back that bit of candor, because it proves that he's a "journalist" with an agenda--and that he thinks the rest of the media shares this agenda.

BwaHahahahahaha...the MSM can't constrain themselves any longer! The cracks in the Dam are starting to look like a waterfall. It won't be long now.