...and the WSJ actually interviewed a few real bloggers to respond. To my delight, they asked Jane Hamsher to weigh in and she wrote a brilliant piece:
During the '90s, railing at the TV set was the isometric sport of the silent majority. Progressive political junkies watched in isolation as the Washington Post prominently printed one Whitewater story after another as if they originated on tablets of stone rather than the fax machines of Arkansas political operatives. Many people felt like they were the only ones who scratched their heads in wonder that it all made no sense, recoiling in horror as a slick PR operation rapidly escalated from the realm of lazy, spoon-fed journalism to the constitutional mockery of the Clinton impeachment.
That isolation ended with the advent of the progressive blogosphere, which acts as a virtual water cooler for those who not only want to rail at the TV set, they want the TV set to listen. Probably nothing better contrasts the pre- and postblogospheric worlds than the Whitewater and CIA leak stories...read on
Many thanks Jane for listing C&L as one of your favorite blogs. I'm honored to be mentioned with the wonderful Digby and the hysterical Tbogg...I'm sure the WSJ gang will get a kick out of reading C&L...