Right-of-center bloggers have been disappeared.* At least by the New York Times they have.
The four blogs that showcased the most leg work in exposing the so-called Killian memos as forgeries—Powerline, LGF, INDC Journal and Allah—get nary a mention. Charles, the proprietor of LGF, says that he was even interviewed for this article, but there’s not one word about him, his blog or his posted proof that the memos were fraudulent. Matthew Klam even mentions “Memogate,” without mentioning the investigators.
Instead, Matthew Klam chooses to highlight bloggers of a certain bent. Take a WAG as to which. (Although, if I were Wonkette—in light of the info given here--I would have preferred it if Klam had not mentioned my name at all. I guess all that matters is that one’s name is spelled correctly, however.)
I don’t begrudge the big Leftist bloggers their place in the sun. I mean, after all, the Conservative Brotherhood received its exposure to the wider world. There are a couple of differences, however. The article about us appeared in a known and admitted conservative publication—the National Review—and specifically stated that its focus was to highlight black conservative bloggers. In contrast, Klam’s commentary, published in the most famous newspaper in the world—nominally a non-partisan publication (no laughing)--appears to assert that high-traffic blogs feature mainly leftist content:
Left-wing politics are thriving on blogs the way Rush Limbaugh has dominated talk radio, and in the last six months, the angrier, nastier partisan blogs have been growing the fastest.
Mr. Klam probably didn't know about this:
Seven of the Top Ten blogs in the TTLB ecosystem are decidedly non-leftist in nature. A mere mention of this, an outright statement that the piece was a showcase for left-of-center blogs or leaving out the CBS Fraudulent Memo story, might have saved this article. Of course, if Mr. Klam had had any prior knowledge about the leading blogs and their traffic indices, he would have never called Charles in the first place.
I wonder if the purpose of the omission of the conservatives was to keep from sending people to their blogs? :shrug: No biggie. I do that too, but I don't try to front about it.
*Glenn Reynolds, perennially at the top of the blogger food-chain, gets a bare mention; so does Andrew Sullivan. That both repudiate the conservative tag made a difference that's really no difference, however.
UPDATE: Great minds think alike.