In 2005, when the internet and blogs were new, members of the elite mainstream media were skeptical, even hostile. Who are these unknown , uncredentialed so-called journalists who think they can compete with the big boys? Don’t they know they didn’t go to Columbia Journalism School? Who allowed them in the game? I defended the bloggers — the writers, investigators, and freelancers who were creating internet nation. By the way, ten years later a lot of the reporters and editors who were doing the criticizing … now have blogs and webpages and file for the internet.
The Wall Street Journal: Feb. 17, 2005,
“Salivating morons.” “Scalp hunters.” “Moon howlers.” “Trophy hunters.” “Sons of Sen. McCarthy.” “Rabid.” “Blogswarm.” “These pseudo-journalist lynch mob people.”
This is excellent invective. It must come from bloggers.
But wait, it is the mainstream media and their maidservants in the elite journalism reviews, and they are talking about bloggers!
Those “MSM’ers” have gone wild, I tell you! The tendentious language, the low insults. It’s the Wild Wild West out there. We may have to consider legislation.
When you hear name-calling like what we’ve been hearing from the elite media this week, you know someone must be doing something right. The hysterical edge makes you wonder if writers for newspapers and magazines and professors in journalism schools don’t have a serious case of freedom envy.
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