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Mr. Doeleke's assumption that there is no "quality control" in the blogosphere is also a ridiculous fallacy.

Hey, it seems I'm QC inspector #1 today.

Looks fine to me!

Actually, I do believe there are, or were, some "buyable bloggers." Problem is, Mr. Pitzke is looking on the wrong side of the political spectrum for evidence of this:

Daily Kos

"Zephyr Teachout, Director of Internet Organizing for Dean's campaign, who posted on the subject in her blog. [4] Teachout said,

"On Dean’s campaign, we paid Markos and Jerome Armstrong as consultants, largely in order to ensure that they said positive things about Dean. We paid them over twice as much as we paid two staffers of similar backgrounds, and they had several other clients."

"Meanwhile, Chris Suellentrop of Slate criticized Moulitsas not for taking money from the Dean campaign — something he told his readers about — but for working as a political consultant for candidates for whom he raised money on his site."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daily_Kos

"'There is no quality control' complains former CIA terror specialist Michael Scheuer. 'There are going to be people out there with dangerous half knowledge who will come to crazy conclusions,' he warns."

Oh, but it's all right for Mr. Scheuer to write and sell a book under the name "Anonymous" to further his own agenda (and that of his employer at the time) in order to damage the administration of his own government in a time of war just because HE doesn't like the course of action taken by elected officials. Considering that Scheuer is a person who spends his time in public covering his ass for his own and his employer's failures, I'd say some “crazy conclusions” other than his own so-called "professional" opinions are sorely needed. What’s wrong, Michael? Are you afraid everyone will see what a political hack you really are and what a half-assed job you did?

You can't win for losing. There have been lawsuits filed under the Freedom of Information Act to try to get the government to release more WMD information since before the Iraqi war began. Now that they've started to release more info, all people can see are political motives.

Who cares *why* the information was released? With conspiracy nuts already running amok, how can anyone argue that making more information available is a bad thing? This is precisely what "they" wanted: more info about WMD.

As the old saying goes, be careful what you wish for...you just might get it.

Not even an original thought.

http://anechoicroom.blogspot.com/2005/12/mental-illness-is-never-pretty.html

And well der Biegel lost me when they held Andy up as a prime example of a "conservative." Andy wandered off the reservation blogtimelightyears ago

Somehow, reading this post reminded me about Leonard Cohen's First We Take Manhattan A good theme song for Medienkritik ;)

"They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom
For trying to change the system from within
I'm coming now, I'm coming to reward them
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

I'm guided by a signal in the heavens
I'm guided by this birthmark on my skin
I'm guided by the beauty of our weapons
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin"


"Ah you loved me as a loser, but now you're worried that I just might win
You know the way to stop me, but you don't have the discipline
How many nights I prayed for this, to let my work begin
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin"

I love it! Hate pedlar Pitzke, Spiegel's America basher number 1, and an ass-kissing, boot-licking lackey of Bertelsmann, is criticizing Andrew Sullivan because "he sold out to Time." Let's see, Andrew Sullivan quit his job as editor of TNR because he was unwilling to compromise his political principles. He was fired from a cushy post at the NYT for the same reason. He is an outstanding independent thinker whose blog has not noticeably changed since he started working for Time. But Pitzke, a shill who would never dare to wander so much as a step off the reservation, whispers in mock horror to the imbeciles who still take him seriously that Andrew has "sold out." Pitzke's style is, of course, unmistakable. McCarthyite innuendo? Check! The usual precious Spiegelesque expressions of hatred, scorn and contempt? Check! Complete lack of even the faintest attempt to explain to his readers who Sullivan is, or what he stands for? Check! One-sided, half-baked propaganda thinly disquised as news? Check! Squeak on, little mouse, and feel the heat. Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing. It will soon be coming to a server near you.

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