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Friday, March 13, 2009

Blog power

Once I got Mrs. Carl past the hurdle of "no one reads your blog except people who know you," it became "no one reads your blog except people who agree with you anyway" and "you guys don't have as much influence as the New York Times." Well, maybe we've crossed that barrier too (Hat Tip: Instapundit).
You Know This Guy We Haven't Told You About? Well, He's Not Going to Be Important! During the Trent Lott scandal, if I remember right, there was speculation that the blogosphere would really have arrived when a high public official suddenly resigned over an Web-borne scandal without the scandal being mentioned in the respectable mainstream press--so if you had only read the New York Times or Washington Post you'd have no idea why this person quit or what the scandal was until he or she was gone. Poof! Killed by ninja blogs.** Well (without regard to the merits of the dispute), the Charles Freeman withdrawal is close to that case, no? WaPo apparently printed its first news story on the controversy the day it ended--i.e. when Freeman withdrew. Ditto the New York Times. ... What does this event signify? Not to be too portentous, but it signifies you can no longer be a well-informed citizen if you just read the Times and Post print editions. You have to go online. Sorry, Mom! ...


At 7:45 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Haaretz has it this morning the Israeli government plans to release 450 Hamas terrorists in exchange for Gilad Shalit. No word yet on Shalit's condition. 450-1! Ehud Olmert must be that desperate to have that feather in cap in time for a last Cabinet meeting he'll preside over this weekend.

At any rate, the Jews will be good freiers if this pans out.

At 11:18 AM, Blogger Naftali2 said...

Does anyone know for certain if Freeman was Jewish? I had this brief discussion on another site. Either he is or the rumor is that he is. But that seemed so odd to me, that a Jew would even be allowed to be US ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

At 2:21 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

There is a good site that does something similar, http://www.rotter.net
I recommend it, there are a lot of very good scoops there. It is something between a blog and a forum. Take a look at scoops (skupim) forum:

At 6:09 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Naftali, it's Charles Freeman Jr. Not a proof. However I've read that his daughter in law is indeed Jewish. That suggests that the rest of the family isn't.


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