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February 28th 2005

Bloggers: Lab Mice & Garbage Trucks

Despite Patterico’s recent advise to journalists that they just think of bloggers as “readers,” Jon Friedman of Market Watch admits that bloggers frighten him:

Sure, they scurry around the outskirts of journalism like lab mice and can make more noise than a garbage truck at 6 a.m. Still, the question persists: Are they truly journalists — or just amateur commentators?

Just what is a journalist, truly, Jon? You mention in your lead that you’re not sure whether you can “completely trust [bloggers] to be accurate or comprehensive or analytical or, especially, fair.” Well, if we could trust you and your j-school buds to be accurate, comprehensive, analytical or, especially, fair, we wouldn’t have much to blog about.

What exactly is Jon afraid of? Besides losing the relevance of his job, I mean. Here it is:

The danger is that bloggers are going to embrace the worst aspects of tabloids. That means, as the saying goes, they’ll throw their content against a wall, and if it sticks, they’ll publish it, no matter how wild or trivial it might be.

The greater danger is that people will lose their minds, and no longer be able to discriminate between what they want to read, what they don’t want to read, who they want to trust, and who they don’t want to trust. The fundamental problem with Friedman’s thesis is that it is written by someone who apparently doesn’t believe in the intelligence of the people and the free-wheeling competition of the marketplace. A trait that is all too common among the liberal reporters who draw their paychecks from MSM.

The looney blogs will attract a few looney readers. The trustworthy blogs with proven dependability and relevance will dominate.

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February 28th 2005

Is Bush Finessing or Appeasing?

AP reports that President Bush is considering joining Europe in an incentives-based approach to de-nuking Iran:

President Bush is considering joining European leaders in offering economic incentives to Iran in exchange for abandoning its nuclear fuel program, but he has no timetable for a decision, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday.

The Bush administration has opposed any rewards for Tehran’s cooperation. During the president’s trip overseas last week, European leaders urged him to join them in offering incentives such as possible membership at some time for Iran in the World Trade Organization.

This may not be mamby-pamby waffling at all. It is more likely an incentive to the people in Iran who want to follow their Lebanese brothers to take to the streets and demand democracy and freedom. After all, it’s easy for the Mullahs to have an iron fist, and easier for the people to grudgingly support them, if there’s a fear that US troops are poised to crush them like a Saddamroach under their heel.

Bush may be thinking that dialing back that threat will remove one more obstacle to the spread of the peaceful revolution he initiated by removing Saddam and bringing free elections to Iraq.

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February 28th 2005

Mom and the State of Fear

Just below, I posted a question about whether government needs to keep us in a state of fear, and whether it uses the PLM forces — political, legal, media — to accomplish its ends. I also noted that it seemed to work on my inside-the-beltway-liberal Mom.

Well, she just e-mailed to say she’s leaving the inner ring to move way out, to Hawaii. Included in her e-mail was this statement, that may just justify the PLM theory:

Also, being in Washington is stressful – with this administration, and this president, we are in a constant state of distress and concern for the future of our country and its citizens as well as our relations with other countries. Here [in Hawaii], with so many positive things, our agony will be diluted.

Watch out, Palm Tree Pundit, a gloom cloud (very charming and witty, but gloomy nonetheless) is heading your way.

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February 28th 2005

Never Underestimate the Stupidity …

The American TV-viewing public showed it didn’t listen to pundits last night. Amid predictions of Oscar doom, based on the low boxoffice of the nominated films and concerns about Chris Rock as a poor choice for host (concerns he fully justified), it was a good night for the Academy and ABC:

The Oscars’ 30.1 rating in Nielsen Media Research’s 56 top markets was a slight 1 percent improvement over last year’s comparable number, and the highest-rated Academy Awards in the metered markets since 2000. The rating is an estimate that nearly 33 million households were tuned in.

Nationwide viewership totals were to become available later Monday.

Last year’s Oscars were seen by 43.5 million people, a sharp 32 percent increase over 2003. Considering the ominous signs of ratings declines for the Golden Globes and Grammys this year, the numbers left ABC executives pleased.

“Obviously, Chris Rock as host had an impact in the resurgence of the numbers,” said Larry Hyams, vice president of audience analysis and research at ABC.

Another way to read this, of course, is the Rock and ABC failed to replicate last year’s viewership growth. Will ABC be happy with lackluster growth and, reportedly, many, many complaints? Probably, because for the lost, just not falling over a cliff is a good outcome.

It will be interesting to see if the small (red state) markets follow the major market trend. It will also be interesting to see the “tune out” rate as the telecast progressed through the night.

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February 28th 2005

Rather: "What Bias? What Forgery?" Redux

Writing in today’s USA Today, Peter Johnson prefaces a New Yorker interview due out today. It seems for all his news smarts, Rather’s just not able to get to the bottom of this story:

… Rather … is puzzled that the media did not play up the fact that the panel found no political bias, as his critics contended, in his controversial 60 Minutes story last fall that questioned President Bush’s National Guard service during Vietnam.

Rather says he also is puzzled that the media downplayed the panel’s inability to prove that memos used to support Rather’s story were forged.

Unbelievable. A mea culpa was all it would have taken to save himself and perhaps CBS, but he still refuses. In fact, he’s learned nothing at all:

“if I had to move this afternoon on a big story, one that had the potential of being controversial, I’d be very happy to go on that story with the same people, each and every one.”

Good thing he won’t get another chance.

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February 28th 2005

The Race Against Death

As Iraq reels between good news — Syria finally overcoming denials and turning over harbored Baathists — and bad — 115 police recruits dead in a massive blast in Hillah — it seems like the death throes of the insurgency are being witnessed. Intelligence capabilities are increasing, behind-the-scenes arm-twisting has grown more effective in Syria and elsewhere since the election, and al-Zarqawi finds himself increasing isolated, and increasingly dependent on recruits from as far away as Somalia and Europe.

In the same LATimes story linked above quotes Prime Minister Allawi in The Wall Street Journal today, saying Iraq “will continue to need and to seek assistance for some time to come.”

As al-Zarqawi continues to become ever more reprehensible, as the people of Iraq continue to turn away from him and towards Democracy, that help must be forthcoming. This is no time for Teddy Kennedy and timelines; it is a time for complete commitment.

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February 28th 2005

Is There A State of Fear?

Can government work if the people are happy, unthreatened, and unafraid? Or will comfort lead to complacency, an unwillingness to fund government, and the failure of government?

Certainly, the threat of 9/11 made government work. There was focus, funding and effectiveness for a period of time, and even now after a divisive national election, anti-terror programs tend to pass and be funded, and government can say it’s working. The same is true of the Cold War, World War II, the Great Depression, and the more recent environmental scrare decades.

Michael Crichton, in State of Fear, says government needs to maintain a state a fear among the public and work through the PLM system — political, legal and media — to maintain it. Further, he says that the evidence is in the history: No sooner did the Cold War end and an era of fear with it, than did a quintupling of use of the word “catastrophe” occur in environmental stories. The environment wasn’t catastrophic as long as the Ruskies posed a threat, but once there was a vacuum, alar, dioxin, and global warming stepped — or were pushed forward — in to fill it.

I see evidence of PLM-induced fear in my inside-the-beltway-liberal mother, who really does think the world will end soon. Global warming, a trigger-happy cowboy in the White House, the alienation of old allies, a doomed economy, who knows what all, have given her a very negative view of the future. She is a sap for expensive government programs, like the UN and the Kyoto treaty … so is Crichton right? Do the powers that be have her right where they want her?

I prefer a more optimistic view of the world, but there are the power-hungry, the people-using, the greedy, all of whom would in fact benefit if there were a PLM system behind the curtain, running the show.

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February 26th 2005

Blog You Later!

The Beloved Betrothed and I are off for our long-delayed anniversary getaway. We marked our 22nd year together on October 30, but haven’t had a chance to celebrate it until this weekend. (Hint to not-yet-marrieds: Don’t get married around Halloween; trick-or-treating will mess up your anniversary for years!)

I’ve got this little feeling that BB will enoy my company more if I’m not blogging, so unless I get an unexpected chance, there won’t be much new here anytime soon.

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February 26th 2005

Four Inches from the Top

At 33.87 inches of rain so far this season, So Cal is just 4.31 inches from the total rainfall of the historic record rainy season of 1883-84. And how were things in that year?

“The sight was pitiable in the extreme. Men, women and children were wading in the water, carrying their valuables on their backs and pale with terror, wondering what horror would come next.”

That report, from the now defunct Los Angeles Herald, is part of an LA Times story that chronicles those days. Weather buffs and historians will want to read on here.

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February 26th 2005

Only Two Options at Harvard

In its Larry Summers story this morning, the LATimes asks the question:

But what remains unclear after a month of mounting furor is whether Summers, 50, has been left weakened or transformed.

Are those really the only two options: that Summers’ back be broken for suggesting that there might be biological differences between men or women, or that he accept the PC position?

Isn’t there an option that would call for the Harvard staff to accept reality? That their response says more about sexism and denial than his comment?

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