Wednesday, March 22, 2006

WaPo finally notices the Elephant in the Room

Much has been blogged here and elsewhere about The Houston Chronicle's embrace of the blogosphere. I too congratulate Dwight Silverman and Dean Betz, and thier bosses and co-bloggers such as Eric Berger and Leigh Hopper and Loren Steffy and others, for thier bold move to embrace the new media and make it thier own. Recently they were identified in a national survey of newspapers as being THE MOST blogosphere-centric. Quite an accomplishment. The Washington Post has also dipped thier toes into the Blogosphere. They have had growing pains in doing so. Not long ago, they shut off all comments while they dealt with the problem of trolls. Clearly whoever set up the system to begin with had not done thier homework on the blogosphere because trolls are a daily hassle out here in the hinterlands of the new media. They have however re-opened comments after changing and adapting to the new landscape. Now they have gone one step closer to what The Chronicle editorialists like to call "The Ideal State™". They have brought a wolf into the fold, hoping to reach the hearts and minds of those of us in "Flyover Country". Ben Domenech, cofounder of Red State has joined WaPo in launching a new blog, Red America. The elephant in the room is a Republican.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, Rorschach, you are aware that Mr. Domenech resigned his post due to accusations of plagiarism?


March 27, 2006 4:24 PM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

TP, this was written before the allegations of plagerism surfaced. I am disheartened that Mr. Domenech was discovered to lack intellectual honesty, it paints the rest of the conservative blogosphere with a very broad brush that is undeserved. I do hope that WaPo tries again with a different, hopefully more honest representative from the right side of the political spectrum. Mind you, there are some people who pondered whether WaPo chose Mr Domdmech specifically because of his dishonesty in the hopes of painting the conservatives as a whole as dishonest. I do not believe this to be the case, i believe WaPo was merely lax in checking his background before hiring him. It was a dark day for the conservatives when he was outed as the blogosphere equivalent to Jayson Blair.

March 27, 2006 6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, I don't think it paints the conservative blogosphere with anything at all. There's no collective guilt here, IMO. It makes him look bad, and maybe WaPo, too.


March 28, 2006 10:04 AM  

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