InstaPundit vs. Wonkette
I just watched Glenn Reynolds debating Ana Marie Cox on CNBC’s “Kudlow and Cramer” on tonight’s second presidential debate. I continue to be perplexed by Cox’s inclusion in these things. Cox is attractive and articulate and her site is certainly successful. But she’s a humorist with a penchant for naughtiness, not a policy analyst. We never see, for example, Thomas Friedman debating Dave Barry on these programs.
Meanwhile, the mainstream media continues to “discover” blogs:
The U.S. presidential campaign between George W. Bush and John Kerry has prompted a frenzy of gossip and conspiracy theories among Internet bloggers, hybrid online sites that blend news, gossip and opinion. As Bush and the Massachusetts Senator slug it out in a neck-and-neck race ahead of the November 2 election, partisan bloggers have flooded the Internet with alternative views about both candidates, which they hope will help sway voters.
Experts say much of the gossip on the Internet is as loony as supermarket tabloid stories claiming Elvis Presley lives, but that it still has a role to play in the campaign. “Blogs probably pretty accurately reflect the level of polarization and paranoia and frustration among everyday Americans that the entire campaign reflects,” said Vanity Fair media critic Michael Wolff, characterizing the new form of overtly-biased journalism as “the voice of the mob.”
Amusing. The piece cites various conspiracy theories that floated around after the first Bush-Kerry debate, including charges that Bush wore a hidden earpiece (Through which he received his brilliant answers? -ed.). It notes, too, that Cheney’s claim to have never met Edwards was rebutted “within moments.”
What’s particularly interesting is this statistic:
A recent Pew Internet and American Life Project found more than two million Americans have their own blog. Most have few readers but some garner thousands of hits daily as the American public becomes increasingly distrustful of mainstream media.
While two million sounds inordinately high, there are 294.5 million people in the country, so we’re talking about only 0.68% of the population.