Saturday, May 21, 2005

The Origins of Gridlock.

Courtesy of The Federalist Patriot:

If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send 150 lawyers,whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, & talk by the hour? That 150 lawyers should do business together ought not to be expected.

--- Thomas Jefferson

Monday, May 16, 2005

Weaknews Clarifies: It's the Government's Fault.

Weaknews has quasi-retracted their inflammatory story about the desecration of the Quran at Gitmo. However, Howard Fineman apparently clarified the real line of accountability for this deadly fiasco: it was the responsibility of Pentagon representatives that were shown a pre-press copy of the Periscope article to have provided comment on the report, which they did not. Therefore, Fineman argued on this morning's Imus program, silence by these government officials constituted some form of corroboration of the story for Weaknews. In other words, the Pentagon had its chance to deny the story, and they didn't, and therefore the story must be true? I didn't know that Weaknews had now outsourced their fact-checking.

Well, the Main Stream Meatpackers have reasserted their primacy over the Blogosphere - they certainly have the power of life and death.