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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Your world frightens and confuses me

Posted By on 08.07.07 at 09:40 PM

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The Tribune editorial page gets surprised by a strange modern invention:

"We might as well admit it up front: The first time we heard of the liberal blogging network known as Daily Kos was when Bill O'Reilly dissed it on his show."

Yes, that would be the liberal blogging network with a readership that's probably bigger than the Tribune's.

You can't expect Ma and Pa Old Media to be hep to every single popular page on the Web, and say what you will about the quality of DKos, but to admit to never having heard of it is an admission of truly staggering ignorance about the political world and of a general, gross incompetence. Would you trust a Web editor who's never heard of Google? A sportswriter who didn't know what steroids were? How can you trust an editorial board that hadn't heard of what's arguably the most powerful part of the "netroots" on either side of the political spectrum, given that the rise of Internet activism is the most important change in the body politic over the past decade? Even on just a purely Darwinian know-your-enemy level, the Trib's editorial staff should probably be aware that sites like DKos, Instapundit, Eschaton, michellemalkin.com, Hullabaloo, Firedoglake, RedState, the Huffington Post, and many, many others like them are making dim-bulb newspaper editorial boards totally irrelevant.

Sites like DKos are big, important, and on the radar of virtually every significant news and political publication in the country, and yet, unless they're making a funny, the entire staff of the Tribune editorial page is not ashamed to be totally oblivious to it (but not, unfortunately, to a meathead carnival barker like O'Reilly).

I don't even know what to say. If I was Ann Marie Lipinski I'd be throwing a paperweight through a wall right now. Steve Rhodes has more.

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