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@DaveWeigel Nearly Discovers Capitalism, Shrugs It Off As ‘Trolling’

Posted on | September 8, 2012 | 5 Comments

by Smitty

Ace seems kinda irritated with Weigel’s Slate piece about “How a small band of conservatives generated half of the Democratic Convention’s headlines”. Weigel goes on at length about another friend of this blog, the mighty YidWithLid:

Democrats did not expect to spend Wednesday arguing about the capital of Israel and the appearance of the word “God” in their platform. There were, reportedly, 15,000 members of the media in Charlotte, of whom maybe 14,980 could have given a damn about the party platform. On Tuesday night, when the Obama campaign and the DNC released its platform, none of the bigfoot media outlets in town spent time on the text.
No, it took until Wednesday morning for Jeff Dunetz, at the YidWithALid blog, to comment that “Democrats have removed this pro-Israel section from their platform.” (They had removed references to Hamas and references to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.) At 11:26 a.m., Weekly Standard reporter Daniel Halper published a story on the platform, making the same point. (He credited YidWithALid.)

What is this, if not capitalism? The media gatekeepers sit in their Jericho, throttling the information flow up from the Jordan river plane to Jerusalem. Us little blogger Rahabs, (not to be confused with the Sandra Fluke grande horizonatals) are helping to bring down the walls. Commerce will flow. Because there is a market. Go right ahead and belittle the blogs all you like, Dave. Capitalism will out, and it’s not preserving your architecture in the slightest.

If there wasn’t a market for all of the idiocy of the DNC, then no one would have paid attention.  That simple.

Disclosure: I’m doing Joshua Chapter 2 in Sunday School tomorrow.


5 Responses to “@DaveWeigel Nearly Discovers Capitalism, Shrugs It Off As ‘Trolling’”

  1. Charles
    September 8th, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

    Has anyone considered that it might have been journalists not delegates shouting Nay, Nay, Nay?

  2. Wombat_socho
    September 8th, 2012 @ 9:58 pm

    And Dave seemed like such a nice young man, too.

  3. Adjoran
    September 9th, 2012 @ 12:03 am

    I know Stacy likes the guy, but Weigel has never impressed with the depth of his thought process. Remember, he was a member of Ezra Klein’s original “Journ-O-List” email list of all the MSM & online reporters, at least those under 50, including the Politico leftists and the rest.

    They were attempting to manage the news behind the scenes, massaging the stories so no matter what outlet you turned to, every political story would have the proper leftist slant, and the same one. Propaganda 101. Weigel exposed it, but only after he was criticized for covering conservatives too softly. Up until then, he was fine with it.

    Of course, there is a new and more secure version operating now – or maybe they just take the Obama campaign talking points directly nowadays, judging from the alleged “fact checking” done on Ryan and Romney, that’s about the size of it.

    Somehow, Weigel imagines himself bigger than a blogger. Big head, tiny little brain inside.

  4. Be Ye Not Dismayed : The Other McCain
    September 9th, 2012 @ 1:07 am

    […] shut up." — Arthur KoestlerBe Ye Not DismayedPosted on | September 9, 2012 | No CommentsSmitty jumped on Dave Weigel for his “trolling” article, and I’ll let that stand, except to add that Weigel seems to be advocating that mainstream […]

  5. AnonymousDrivel
    September 9th, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    DW: “There were, reportedly, 15,000 members of the media in Charlotte, of whom maybe 14,980 could have given a damn about the party platform.”

    And Weigel buries another lede. All these media people and such a vanishing few, according to intrepid JournoLister Weigel, bother to report the freakin’ party platform. It’s only the blueprint for a party’s direction and intent. Might as well read the contents on the back of a bottle of water, right?

    Fail. Up, down, Left or Right, that is really craptastic and dishonest reportage. And it’s exactly what I’d expect from Weigel which is why I only notice him if others bother to blog his, um, work.

    DW: “This is what I mean: We live in the age of trolling. Any comment made online, if it’s given the right forum, is as relevant as any comment made by some media gatekeeper.”

    Aha, An insight to the source of his butthurt. Legitimate media is able to work around the JournoListers (aka MFM) with an assist from “trolls” which pretty much wipes out the power and prestige of the old “gatekeepers.” Well keep it up, Weigel. You’ll be selling pencils on the street in no time.