Its apparent now that the right wing blogosphere, conservative newspapers and FNC will attempt to attach the credibility of all lefty bloggers and try to make the blogosphere their own. Right wing attach poodles like Robert Novak immediately went on the offensive as a response to the outing of Armstrong Williams, a paid Republican hack for the DOE. Bill OReillys segment on Friday night underscored what will happen in the days to come. To have on Hugh Hewitt as OReillys only guest and let him blather on about right wing bloggers as "Gods," is their way to label all left wing bloggers as hacks and democratic foils.(Video of O'Reillys interview just below this story)
I have a copy of Hewitts book" Blog" and while he goes on about the new wave of media, it is merely a cover to promote everything republican. In his introduction section he spews on about how he believed George Bush won the first debate! Pg.XIII : I believed George W. Bush had won the debate, and that John Kerry had committed terrible blunders. Very few pundits agreed with me. I was right.(Is this book about blogging?) Most pundits and polls showed Bush got a big bounce from the RNC and it was only after the first debate that John Kerry began to eat away a chunk of that lead.
To further illustrate his hackiness, Hewitt claims that he and his fellow right wing bloggers take full responsibility in defeating John Kerrys election bid. Edited slightly Pg. XIX" If he ever had a chance of being president, it ended not with the appearance of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and John ONeals book Unfit for Command, but with the jump from the book and a few stories by outside the mainstream sources to a credible, detailed, sophisticated assault on John Kerrys truth telling brought about with regard to Kerrys excellent adventures in Cambodia tales . This was done by the blogosphere-specifically Insatpundit me, and a few others. We forced the story . When FOX News Carl Cameron (no surprise there) finally reported on the controversy over Kerrys very specific, very emotional and fictional accounts of his Christmas Eve spent in Cambodia in 1968, the Kerry campaign was obliged to recant those storied and then all of Kerrys many fables were on the table. He never recovered from
To honestly think that one minor story out of the SBVFT attack on John Kerry that he blogged about was the "Main"reason Kerry lost the election is delusional and sophomoric.
He then goes into the Trent Lott story and there he cant help to mention that Eshaton, and Talking Points Memo broke the story wide open. It is this power that the left side of the blogosphere wields that is a danger to the right, and this is their chance to seize upon this non-story and try to cripple the power of the left side of the Blogosphere. Their goal is simple. It will be to make it a "one blog party." I'm sure more will come as the days roll on.
More on the WSJ story and breaking news form Laura Gross here. Laura says: I got a call Thursday from the Jeanne Cummings, The Wall Street Journal reporter who covered the Dean campaign.....Next thing I know there appears in the WSJ an article so sloppy and so inaccurate that I spent the morning trying to track Jeanne down to find out what happened....