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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Arrogance of the Media

In reference to the Washington Post's recent attack on Dan Froomkin and his column, Steve Gilliard hits the nail on the head:

Take a look at John Harris. This clueless motherfucker has no idea of the pain which can come from his arrogance. We are no longer a passive audience. This is just the beginning of a seachange at how people look at the media and choose how to receive information. Harris can put his dick in the air and piss at people, but they can piss back in large enough numbers to the point where he drowns.

Sure, he can fire Dan Froomkin, who will promptly set up his own, unedited blog, sell ads and be far more widely read than he is now. Just like Howard Stern has deplained to satellite radio, Froomkin, who has another job, can walk away from the Post and keep his audience. He, like Paul Krugman, are no longer beholden to their nominal employer, because they have built an audience which is mobile.

Too many newspapers are willing to bend to the conventional wisdom that conservatives and their blogs have to be paid attention to. The reality is that conservative blogs are a very small part of the right wing network, but liberal blogs have a much wider influence.

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