Sunday, March 13, 2005

Bloggers Rule

Last night on CSPAN the pre-emminent bloggers from Powerline described how the blogosphere brought down CBS in the Rathergate affair. Scott Johnson and John Hinderocker are lawers in Minneapolis, fellows at the Claremont Institute and Newsweek magazine's Bloggers of the Year. They told how, in 12 hours on Sept. 9, 2004, they and their fellow bloggers were able to destroy the validity of the Bush Air National Guard story aired on 60 Minutes-2 by Dan Rather. The documents were frauds, the facts were false and CBS knew it the whole time.

The key to the expose' was the very large number of bloggers who read Scott Johnson's first post (The 61st Minute) at 8AM on 9/9/04 and replied within hours with information showing the documents were created on a modern computer and not on a 1970's era typewriter. Further revelations included the identity of the source of the forgery, the untruth of the accusations and the culpability of CBS all the way to the top.

The power of the blogosphere, where over 7 million bloggers are ready and willing to do research and publish findings on a moment's notice, made the difference. The new media's power will continue to grow as the number of bloggers and blog readers grow. The main-stream-media hasn't got a chance. So read the blogs, post your comments and tell your friends.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bogs did not bring down CBS. They were virtually inknown before Rathergate. Had the blogs had power Dan woul have been fired, and fired in Oct.
Rathergate and its censorship by the MSM generated influence for the blogs and added greatly to the mistrust of the MSM. This enabled blogs to get Eason fired when once againthe MSM tried censorship but failed. Because after Rathergate blogs are respected.

Dan was not fired in Oct. blogs had no power then.
Rod Stanton

2:14 AM  
Blogger Ralph said...

Re: Rod's comment. I sense from your statement that your definition of blog power is based upon recognition from MSM. The power of blogs is that the opinion of MSM is irrelevant. People have learned that better information and documentation is available on the web. They did this independent of MSM attention. Sounds like you get your news from MSM and make your judgements after you here what MSM has to say.

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