Bloggers: The New Watchdogs.
We may not be the Gatekeepers (we tore the gates down), but we’re the watchdogs of both old and new media. Three examples:
Earlier this week Roger Simon of The Politico wrote a very negative piece on a campaign stop by Fred Thompson. The Riehl World View examined his story, and the CBS video, and called foul. Instapundit picked it up, and that, as they say, was that. (UPDATE: It ain’t over yet.)
Congress passes a gun bill, HR 2640. Nobody much hears about it except us gunnies. It’s a compete oddity – supported by the Brady Campaign and the NRA. So, of course the (only gun) Violence (counts) Policy Center opines in opposition, as does the Gun Owners of America, and the Brady Center for the Prevention of Gun Ownership claims that the law does a lot of things it doesn’t. Who do you hear about this from? Not the legacy media. You hear about it from gunbloggers – people who, you know, actually understand the topic on which they write. Sebastian at Snowflakes in Hell disassembles the GOA argument, and Say Uncle counters both the VPC and Paul Helmke.
If you want to know this stuff, the New York Times isn’t going to tell you.
Third one: While Dennis Kucinich has about as good a shot at the Oval Office as I do, he is still a sitting Congressman. It’s good to know what our elected officials really think and do.
The old saying is true: the internet treats censorship as damage and simply routes around it. And, as Tam recently said, “The internet, much like Soylent Green, is people.” People with voices we never had before.
No wonder governments fear the Internet.