Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Blogosphere Strikes Again

When the nation was young and small, the individual had a voice. A letter to the editor of a newspaper, a published tract or a pastor's sermon could have an effect on the nation's policy decisions.

As the nation grew, both geographically and demographically, the individual's voice was drowned out. Yes, you could still send a letter to the editor of one of the nations' hundreds of major newspapers. An if it gets published, there is a chance that some of that paper's ever smaller number of readers might read it.

That has started to change with the internet. Today, anyone can create a blog (or comment on one) and express whatever opinion he or she might like to express. Granted, most blogs have a small readership, but at least your voice can be heard. Not only that, but you can connect with others who have similar opinions and raise your voice together.

The other thing that the internet does is report news stories that don't find their way into the MainStreamMedia. The media has traditionally set the agenda on what gets reported and what doesn't. And since the beginning of radio and TV, more and more of the news audience has been exposed to fewer and fewer varying ideas.

Again, the internet changes that.

These changes were highlighted today. A news story that should have been discovered and reported by the MainStreamMedia, was reported by blogger Gateway Pundit. Apparently Van Jones, the White House Green Jobs Czar (and admitted communist revolutionary) is a truther. He has signed a petition asking for an investigation of the Bush administration to look into what they believe is the administration's role in planning and executing the 9/11 attacks.

The story has since been picked up by major media outlets, and they of course are trying to downplay it. The Washington Post, for example, is calling this story an intentional distraction orchestrated by conservatives.

This is egg on the face of the Obama administration. This is bad. Really bad. 9/11 truthers are absolute loons. Kooks. Anything that comes out of this guy's mouth is now suspect.

Many pundits are now calling for Jones' head. They are predicting that his job will not last the weekend.

It shouldn't.

This administration is making one blunder after another. Some of those blunders are matters of opinion. This one isn't. Anyone with any horse sense at all understands that this is beyond reason. Reasonable people don't believe this crap. You can't have a White House Czar being someone who lacks basic reason and logic.

Here's where the MainStreamMedia has failed us. They are in bed with Obama. The job of the media is to hold the feet of government to the fire. A job they did quite well in the eight years prior to January of this year. It's a job they have now left to the bloggers.


Chuck September 3, 2009 at 10:05 PM  

Reality is that the truth is coming out about Obama. The media is trying to protect him

Opus #6 September 3, 2009 at 10:35 PM  


Commie/Truther Van Jones needs to go, along with the other 3 dozen czars. Let's fill up the cabinet and get on with governing like a normal bunch of grown ups.

Z September 3, 2009 at 10:59 PM  

Truther is the LEAST of this guy's baggage. He's bad ALL the way around and there's Valerie Jarett, bigwig adviser to the President on video saying how they've followed Van Jones' career and are so glad they got him to the WH.
I swear I think we're talking about a different country here..then I remember. We're NOT.

Anonymous,  September 4, 2009 at 9:10 AM  

Van Jones gives us yet more insight into the REAL Obama- a hate-America, racist radical bent on the creation of a putrid, festering nanny state where everyone lives in equal squalor.

Of course, the media understand instictively that he is "one of them" and as you point out have abandoned their watchdog role, leaving it up the bloggers to sound the alarm.

kevin September 4, 2009 at 12:53 PM  

The MSM is blind in the left eye.

Anonymous,  September 4, 2009 at 8:24 PM  

Good Point

Bob Qat September 5, 2009 at 2:30 AM  

There is strong parallel between the blogosphere and the 18th and 19th century American press. Many towns could support only one paper, published weekly, and other papers would gladly reproduce any interesting material. Later, this indiscriminate reproductive habit evolved into the AP, UPI and Reuters.

Please let me object to the use of the term "communist revolutionary," as its oxymoronic. According to Marx, there was no former state for the communist to return, as suggested by the word revolution. The communist is an insurrectionist, and an overthrower of everything which works, against the will and desires of the people.

nacilbupera September 5, 2009 at 6:57 PM  

In the politics of yesteryear, Van Jones would be a goner. But Obama is here to replace the system, to fundamentally change the rules. Obama could well destroy the Democratic Party.
Van Jones is a communist. He is a ideological traitor. He belongs to the evil empire of Khrushchev as he tries to spread his radicalism.
We believe God gave us the internet in part to speak up and defeat the liars and Koolaid drinkers and save our nation.

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