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    ...is history's first draft," or so says the axiom. Yet Rumsfeld is right, in a way, as even succinct headlines don't tell the history that's unfolding in Iraq or anywhere else, for that matter. To Rumsfeld, the history being written would be neatly packaged as paid press releases from the Lincoln Group and OSI to disseminate to the Arab media. And it's notable that Rummy's saying that in the increasingly cozy Washington Post, a paper that, in spite of the fine efforts of Dam Froomkin and Dana Milbank, is perceptively leaning more and more to the right.

    And if papers did their job more ethically, more diligently, if they would follow up on stories and not allow themselves to get hooded as embedded journalists so that they can't see the forest for the trees, then the blogs wouldn't be as critical of them.

    And this is why they're targeting us more and more, you know. They wouldn't deign to even notice us and use the word "blog" if they didn't recognize the danger that we represent to the Old Boy network and the status quo to which they're desperately clinging. They're beginning to see that not only are we reaching the grassroots community, we are the grassroots community and blogs are by far our best chance of getting organized as a progressive movement.

    JP
    http://jurassicpork.blogspot.com

    Defending bad taste and liberalism since 2005.

    by jurassicpork on Sat Mar 18, 2006 at 08:56:33 AM PST

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