Thursday, August 09, 2007

Enough said. . . .

From today's Telegram editorial page (Put Another Blog on the Fire). It says, in part:
New York newspaper columnist Murray Kempton once famously, and aptly, said "the function of an editorial writer is to come down out of the hills after the battle is over and shoot the wounded."

Well, if that's true, then Internet bloggers are the partisans who stay safely in the hills and indiscriminately mortar the ambulances. And the key word in that sentence is "partisan."


There has been some recent commentary in the media suggesting that we should all be looking for something deeper: that some political bloggers in this province have ties to the communications industry and might be secretly working for their clients' good. Nice, if you're into conspiracy theory already, but a bit out to lunch.

The fact is that bloggers answer to no one - to the point that some blogs don't even allow anyone aggrieved by the comments to post a reply - so, in some ways, they are like St. John's Mayor Andy Wells, but with a keyboard. Anyone who would use them to push nefarious corporate ends would have to have the skills of Svengali.
I could not have said it better myself.

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