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  •  LOL (0+ / 0-)

    if you really believe they're saying you don't have a right to publish a book, you're insane.

    "this is ourselves/ under pressure." -- freddy mercury

    by BiminiCat on Sat Jul 22, 2006 at 11:20:13 PM PDT

    •  I disagree (0+ / 0-)

      There are 2 levels of "right" -- <snark> the one any stupid, ignorant, evil thug with a fetish to publish has and the one those who have been blessed with respect as public commentators have. Since Mr. Sirota does not have a nationally syndicated column or any credentials to match those Paul Krugman has as an economist...well...</snark/> (hey stop pushing, who is that guy with his hand on my back?)

      I grew up in New York. I think David is right. I am not suggesting that he is sane. After what we all have lived through since 2000, I'm not sure of anyone except Conyers and Feingold.

      •  well i suppose (0+ / 0-)

        before kruggy got his syndicated column he was right to view every criticism of his work as a denial of his right to publish his work.

        and that now he has a syndicated column no one at all at the ny times would ever criticize his work!!!

        there is only one level of right.

        if there are two levels of right, then -- DAMMIT -- the new yorkees are denying me my right to bat cleanup for them!!

        "this is ourselves/ under pressure." -- freddy mercury

        by BiminiCat on Sun Jul 23, 2006 at 12:28:12 AM PDT

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        •  The NYT are the gatekeepers of 'correct thought' (0+ / 0-)

          If they hold you to their bosom (Tom Friedman, TNR, etc.), you are Approved Intellectual Fodder.

          If they don't (Bloggers in general (but especially lefty ones), David Sirota, The Nation, etc.), you are consigned to the Outer Darknesses, shunned by the TV pundits (compare the # of times Sirota or a Nation writer goes on TV to the # of times Michelle Malkin or a TNR writer goes on TV), and there's far less chance that the Great Unwashed will ever hear of you.

          That's how it's supposed to work.  But the internet and blogging have queered all that.  Now we can reach the people directly, without being suppressed or filtered by the gatekeepers.

    •  I hate to say this, but will... (0+ / 0-)

      ..is this diary written to sell books or to legitimately discuss censorship?  I suspect its viral marketing...every so often I've noticed posts by this diarist...and they ALWAYS mention his book.  

      I for one don't have the time to be marketed to like this.  

      David: please be clear on your posts about why you are writing:  marketing, or actual political discussion.  

      •  What?!?! (1+ / 0-)
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        I think it's a very good discussion of how the gatekeepers (in this case, the NYT and WP) are falling all over themselves with contradictory spin in order to try and keep people from buying both his book and books like Crashing the Gates, Lapdogs, etc.

        The NYT claims that his book attacks mostly Democrats, whereas the WP claims it's a Democratic Party "apologia" tract.  Both these claims are wrong, but both are made because it is life and death to both the NYT and WP that this book -- along with Crashing the Gates, etc. -- be kept out of the hands of Joe and Jane Average.

      •  with dave (0+ / 0-)

        there's no difference.

        political discussion IS marketing.

        "this is ourselves/ under pressure." -- freddy mercury

        by BiminiCat on Sun Jul 23, 2006 at 11:50:43 AM PDT

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