Sunday, September 26, 2004


The way it is today isn't how it was

Joanne Jacobs comments on Rathergate and the Blogosphere with acute insight and understanding - as Glenn Reynolds says, read the whole thing. She can also be found at her Blog:

"/snip/Here's the way it is now: Americans don't take the news on trust. The idea that something is so because Dan Rather says it's so . . . That pig didn't fly even before CBS staked its credibility on a stack of MS Word documents./snip/

/snip/A few days after "60 Minutes" claimed to have 30-year-old memos from George W. Bush's National Guard commander, a former CBS executive vice president, Jonathan Klein, sneered at the critics who claimed the old memos had to be modern forgeries written on a computer. "You couldn't have a starker contrast between the multiple layers of check and balances (of professional journalists) and a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing," Klein said on Fox News on Sept. 10./snip/

/snip/As it turned out, the pajama brigade beat the pants off CBS News in reporting and analysis. It took outsiders, bloggers and CBS competitors, to provide checks and balances./snip/"

Update: Another version can be found here.


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