Posted by The Happy Tutor
John Emerson at See the Forest makes some interesting observations about the role of blogging in highlighting stories, that are run, but buried, in the WB Press. Often the tiny, barely mentioned detail is the suppressed key to the tale, as when the NY Times mentions, decorously, torture enemas at Guantanamo, even as Gonzalez is questioned by Congress. Buried the lede? You can only wonder what it would been like had Gonzalez been asked for an explanation of his views on enemas. Commonsense and decorum, the so-called wisdom of crowds, or the conventional prosaic world of the average person is pabulum fed to us from on high. Bloggers sometimes have the bad taste and independent judgement to highlight the odd details and connect them to express the story that is hidden, the behind the scene story of those who are moving the stage sets around for us who are supposed to be "consumers" of these fictions. In Wealth Bondage, as key players, we know the drill. We know the story and we know why it must be "spun" or suppressed for the sake of "the higher ups," like Candida, or the deals being done, or the interests being served, or the tone of probity needed to properly swindle the rubes. Bloggers highlight the bits that are supposed to pass without comment, spun into a confection in which they are supposed to be all but invisible. The blogger asks, "So what is this, Sir? An enema, Mr. President?"
The most interesting film you could shoot today about news, would require following the camera crew at it passes the freedom pens around Bush speaking events. Film CBS, ABC, CNN, not filming the suppression of democracy. Then edit in sound bites of the President talking about Freedom to cheering Dupes. The montage would be more truthful and telling than anything we see between dog food commercials on TV news. The casters of news, as of spells, or sand in the eyes, are part of the story, and should be outed.
Bloggers are not journalists, but journalists aren't either.