The application of blogger heat

Quick congrats to Bob Owens at Confederate Yankee who applied the first heat to the progressively overt-in-its bias-NY Times regarding its heavy discount to Moveon.org after turning down other advocacy group ads. Well done, Bob. Somehow it does seem unlikely that the Times would do something similar for something like this. And it’s tiring to say “imagine if GOP advocates had pulled this. Yawn.

This is pretty clever, though.

Investor’s Business Daily calls it subsidizing sedition. I don’t know if the Moveon ad was sedition, but it does seem like Gen. Petraeus could, if he wanted to, look into a civil suit for libel or defamation of character. Because he has a great deal of character, however, I doubt he’ll do such a thing. Ed Morrissey feels that the Democrats, with the help of Moveon.org, did manage to “successfully [paint] General David Petraeus as an administration hack,” and that is a shame.

Without question, the application of blogger heat has made things a little uncomfortable for the NY Times, but the effect is part of a process. Blogs bring heat, other media blow soft, in the end it all seems a murky mess, to me.

Now, what sort of murk can or will be made of Hillary Clinton’s astonishing move to include Sandy Berger in her presidential campaign team, (good heavens, even John Kerry was smarter than that!) with whispers that he will be her National Security Advisor. Yes, that would be Sandy Berger, Purloiner of Top-Secret Documents from the National Archive, Stuffer of Socks, Destroyer of Historical Documents, who (after a very slight punishment and the loss of his security clearances for three measly years) will be ready to receive Top Secret information just in time for Hillary’s presidency.

Some, I hope. After all Hillary is promising to change our country. That’s a serious sort of promise, and one to wonder about.

Meanwhile, Jim Pinkerton writes on The Once and Future Christendom, and it’s worth a read.

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  • http://www.pal2pal.com/BLOGEE/ Terrye

    I am not sure if the Democrats managed to paint the General as a political hack or not. I think they stuck their foot in it this time.

  • newton

    “After all Hillary is promising to change our country. That’s a serious sort of promise, and one to wonder about.”

    That “promise” is more like a threat… Don’t you think?

  • Jean

    Just to attempt to stop the meme (or narrative, or whatever it’s called these days): The good general can’t easily sue for defamation. He’s a public figure, so the burden of proof is high indeed. Even for slander and libel, there must be evidence that it was 1) factually false, 2) willfully malicious, and 3) damages the general’s reputation.

    I’ve been hearing and reading a lot of bloggers and “old media” columnists raising the subject of suing for defamation.

  • Peregrine John

    But sedition still seems a more appropriate choice.


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