Posted on | December 21, 2011 | 19 Comments
There are exactly two kinds of ideas in the blogosphere:
- Bad ideas; and
- Ideas worth stealing.
Therefore I’ll begin with a hat-tip to William Teach at Pirate’s Cove, from whom I swiped the idea of using vintage cheesecake to grab attention for an odds-and-ends aggregation — as Jimmie Bise of Sundries Shack calls it, “clearing the browser tabs.”
Jeff Goldstein has a long post in which he talks about “offending some with my use of the word ‘incestuous’ [to describe certain aspects of the conservative blogosphere] though it strikes me from my recent attendance at BlogCon that the networking that goes on there is intended to bring about just such relationships, which doesn’t make the relationships inherently bad — but does describe figuratively the way opinion is often disseminated through a hierarchy of sorts.”
You should read the whole thing, which involves what I was feeling bad about yesterday: The discord caused by the (evidently advance-coordinated) endorsements of Rick Perry by Ace of Spades, Red State and Mike Flynn.
My own reaction was, “Are you freaking crazy? Perry? Really?”
However, some other bloggers who were more favorably disposed toward Perry —
and I guess Jeff is included in that number (Correction: Jeff endorsed Bachmann) — were left to wonder why they didn’t get invited to participate in this JournoList-style conspiracy on behalf of the Smilin’ Texan. But I’ve gotten bad vibes from the Perry campaign from the get-go, and sowing enmity and suspicion in the blogosphere is just what could have been expected. And since we’re on the topic of doomstruck campaigns . . .
The whole notion that news reporters have to be unbiased is hokum, by the way. It gained currency in the twentieth century, mostly as the left took over the mainstream media (and the journalism schools, another 20th century development). Like much in the march of the left through western civil society, it was a tactic, a deliberately designed lie to cover up the fact that the journalism establishment was biased to the hard left, to the point that Walter Duranty could visit the Stalin’s murderous Soviet Union and come back singing paens of “unbiased” rhapsodic praise for it.
Give me an honest reporter any day — and that includes being honest about his own opinions and biases.
Despite being wrong about Newt, Bill is right about this: Prior to the 20th century, newspapers were almost always blatantly partisan in their political outlook. The ostentatious pose of journalistic neutrality was, as Quick says, invented by liberals for nefarious purposes. A story can be factually accurate without being neutral, let alone “fair and balanced.”
I’m tempted to dig up the obituary I wrote for The Washington Times when former CPUSA Chairman Gus Hall died, just to give you an idea of what I’m talking about. But trust me: Readers were not left in doubt as to whether a no-good Commie traitor like Gus Hall was doomed to everlasting torment in the flames of Hell — a neutral, objective fact.
Speaking of neutral objectivity: For all I know, Shushanna Walshe of ABC News could be to the left of Gus Hall in her politics, but her daily “Good Morning, Iowa” digest is must reading, if you want to know what’s happening in the Iowa caucus campaign. I found it by accident while Googling for a particular item about Rick Santorum and was strongly impressed by this massive and nearly comprehensive aggregation.
And in other news:
- Gay Republicans defend Newt Gingrich — This is basically the kiss of death for Newt in Iowa. If the gays don’t hate you, the social conservatives figure you must be light in the loafers. “Vote Newt: Because Gays Love Him” might work as a slogan in New Hampshire. In Iowa? Not so much.
- Real-life hot lesbians making out — In the U.S. Navy, where “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has been replaced by “Hey, Can We Watch?” Newt Gingrich could not be reached for comment. Meanwhile, a certain Perry-endorsing blogger said, “I”ll be in my bunk.”
- Ron Paul walks out on CNN interview — His policy about those controversial old newsletters is apparently, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
- Matt Damon disses Obama — “I’ve talked to a lot of people who worked for Obama at the grassroots level. . . . One of them said to me, ‘Never again. I will never be fooled again by a politician.’” Remember when anybody who criticized Obama was automatically denounced as racist? I wonder if maybe Matt Damon’s been reading those old Ron Paul newsletters. IYKWIMAITYD.
- Jimmy Carter sends condolences to Kim Jong-Il’s son — An excellent example of Neutral Objective Journalism written by my good buddy Victor Morton of The Washington Times.
- “Today is a great day for the Democrats. The GOP is really succeeding in the perfect meltdown.” On the bright side, the vintage pinup girl is cute, but that’s the only good news today.
- “Nothing to see here, just teens having group sex” — It’s not very often I’m outdone in the Lurid Headline Department, so I just had to tip my fedora.
- “Boobs in the News” — Not bad, in terms of Lurid Headlines, although “OMG Look at the Massive Rack on Her” is probably better.
- “Lawmaker Says Michelle Obama Has ‘Large Posterior'” — Rep. Sir Mix-a-Lot (R-Wisc.) surely meant it as a compliment, but he was merely stating a Neutral Objective Fact.
OK, so much for tonight’s foray into Blog Ideas Worth Stealing. On the other hand, there are Bad Ideas like publicly drooling all over a candidate you haven’t officially endorsed. Don’t Ask. Don’t Tell.
UPDATE: What would an odds-and-ends headline aggregation be without a shameless profit opportunity, huh?
Yeah, there’s no way that Amazon order is going to reach you in time for Christmas now, but the great deals continue and you can buy some more great stuff for you, right?
- 40-Inch HDTV for $479.99 — What the heck? Why not? Amazon is selling these big-screen TVs so cheap, you can have one in every room of the house.
- Toshiba Satellite Laptop Computer, $415.99 — Coincidentally, the same brand and model used by your favorite Neutral Objective Journalist.
- “Lucky Ace” Zippo Lighter — Yeah, I think we know somebody who’d want one of these.