Friday, November 18, 2005
Second item is that I want to thank all my “blogger buddies” – Jessica, James, Alice, Happy Feminist, all of you folks, for helping my maintain my sanity during a very trying period. You’re a really great bunch of folks, and I appreciate all of you.
Now, the main item is that I received a pretty cool email this morning from a new blogger who goes by the handle “Abben”. Abben recently started his own blog and decided to take on a fairly ambitious, but small piece, attacking some of the logical fallacies that have been used to minimize and deflect criticism from the outing of Valerie Plame on a random conservative blog. I think this is pretty good for a new blogger; I think my first political piece was mostly me ranting and raving about the 2004 elections, all emotion and spite.
Of course it turned out to be more than just a criticism of some random blogger. Here’s what he had to say:
”Little did I realize that the blog I was taking on was actually the personal blog Mark Tapscott, Director of the Center for Media and Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation, writer for Fox News, Washington Post, etc . I bring out quite an indictment against his ability to accurately represent a situation, a man whose career is in the media, and I can't wait to see if he responds.”
I’ll let you read his blog for the good stuff, but here’s the real stinger for me:
The easy excuse is that the poster never intended to imply these things. If true, the poster still has the responsibility of being remotely conscious of the directions in which they pull the tilt of the story, which they failed to fufill. If this is too much to ask, then so is coherent and insightful analysis into the Plame affair (or any other politcal matter).
This post, insofar as it is to be considered a piece of information, is damaging and useless. It has no value for anyone who is objectively concerned with engaging in critical thought, and is damaging to one's efforts to critically think. For any accusations that this level of criticism is overly pedantic, I would answer that it is exactly the level necessary, if we care about making any progress in political discussions.
And, like he said, this is addressed to someone who, while working for the odious Heritage Foundation, has a career based in media. It pulls the curtain on some of the stupid tricks that some media figures use to sway their readers and viewers. I recommend you check it out; Abben’s blog will always be linked at this site, as well.