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Guest Blogger Xrlq

Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 10:50 pm

Xrlq of the excellent weblog Damnum Absque Injuria has also graciously agreed to guest blog over the next week to week-and-a-half.

If you are not reading his weblog daily, you are making a mistake — but one that is easily rectified. Bookmark him now. But you can catch the best of Xrlq here for the next 10 days or so.

Ex Oblivione

Filed under: Blogging Matters — AMac @ 10:50 pm

Patterico is on vacation for a few days, and he managed to convince me to help out around here by guest blogging.

Although I’m sure you’re expecting my trademark tirade of profanity, I also promised to keep it as clean as possible.

However, what would the Clam be, if not for his constant grousing?

INDC Journal Has Exclusive Interview with CBS News Personnel Behind the Draft Story

Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 10:45 pm

Blogger extraordinaire Bill from INDC Journal scores again with an exclusive interview with representatives of the CBS Evening News regarding the draft story.

My very favorite quote is from the reporter, Richard Schlesinger, who says, and I quote:

Whether or not there’s any reality to there being a draft, is almost besides the point. Do I think there’s going to be a draft? No. But it’s an issue that people are talking about.

Got that? The truth of the allegations in the story is “almost beside[] the point.”

CBS News, ladies and gentlemen. Read the whole thing, and weep. Or laugh bitterly. Or shake your head in disbelief. No matter how you choose to react, I guarantee your reaction will be strong.

Excellent work, Bill.

P.S. Bill promises to blog some disparaging comments about bloggers by CBS personnel. I can’t wait!

Announcing The Return of The Angry Clam!!

Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 10:35 pm

Patterico is thrilled to announce the (brief) return of The Angry Clam to blogging!

The Clam is a former member of the Bear Flag League who until recently ran a well-trafficked, insightful, and extremely Angry™ blog called “The Angry Clam.” It was one of my favorite blogs. But in a fit of insanity, he deleted the whole thing; only cached versions remain. I miss The Clam’s insights terribly.

But he has graciously agreed to be one of Patterico’s guest bloggers for the next week or so. He has already been added as an author to this blog and his Anger may appear at any time. Give him a warm welcome!

Guest Bloggers

Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 10:24 pm

Patterico is about to go on a one-week hiatus in a couple of days. Luckily, I have guest bloggers lined up. I have sent out some invitations, and already have a couple of awesome bloggers who have agreed to submit guest posts. Also, we’ll keep an open thread going so that anyone can comment.

I have authorized the bloggers who have already signed up to begin posting at will, so don’t be surprised to see their posts showing up at any moment.

Cash Money for E-Mails to CBS News

Filed under: Humor — Patterico @ 7:27 pm

I was forwarded this by a friend who received it from her friend who works in the Defense Department, who saw it on CBS News:

Shout the Error, Whisper the Correction

Filed under: Media Bias — Patterico @ 6:42 pm

As we’ve discussed here many times, the mainstream media’s correction policy is: shout the erroneous information from the rooftops, repeatedly if possible, and then correct the error in a whisper that is oh-so-soft.

Power Line has the latest example from the New York Times.

The Most Insufferably Arrogant Big Media Piece on Bloggers Yet

Filed under: Media Bias — Patterico @ 6:29 am

(Note: The title of this post is accurate only if you consider the Minneapolis Star-Tribune to be “Big Media” . . .)

So. Here I thought Tina Brown was arrogant when she suggested that bloggers were like typing monkeys, getting it right on occasion through sheer luck and relentless typing. Well, she was — but she seems downright respectful relative to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune‘s Nick Coleman, whose fit of jealous rage is titled Blogged down in Web fantasy:

[H]ere’s what really makes bloggers mad: I know stuff.

I covered Minneapolis City Hall, back when Republicans controlled the City Council. I have reported from almost every county in the state, I have covered murders, floods, tornadoes, World Series and six governors.

In other words, I didn’t just blog this stuff up at midnight.

You sound like the one who’s mad here, Nick:

Do bloggers have the credentials of real journalists? No. Bloggers are hobby hacks, the Internet version of the sad loners who used to listen to police radios in their bachelor apartments and think they were involved in the world.

Bloggers don’t know about anything that happened before they sat down to share their every thought with the moon. Like graffiti artists, they tag the public square — without editors, correction policies or community standards. And so their tripe is often as vicious as it is vacuous.

Sounds like a fair description of this column.

Coleman goes on to specifically attack Scott Johnson of Power Line, mostly for being a banker. He then lobs still more insults at bloggers:

Most bloggers are not fit to carry a reporter’s notebook.

. . . I hope that I have made a lot of politicians angry, but, again, most were Democrats, a few were Republicans, and all of them were in power. That’s the job of journalism — to scrutinize the actions of those in power.

If you think bankers will do it, your brain is blog mush.

Coleman is obviously jealous that banker Johnson is getting more readers than Coleman is. The envy drips from every line of Coleman’s jeremiad.

Captain Ed has a thorough fisking of this clown, in a post titled Nick Coleman, Off His Meds. I have it on good authority that the Captain blogged up his post at midnight, in his pajamas, next to his police radio, banana in hand. And it’s excellent. Don’t miss it.

UPDATE: Saint Paul at Fraters Libertas has more.

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