Moron the WaPo Comments
Radioblogger has the transcript of an interview
Hugh Hewitt did with Jim Brady of the Post. It's generally pretty good, but this part seems a bit off:JB: Well, I mean in this case, there was very much a concerted effort to...when Deborah wrote her column on Sunday, a lot of the bloggers on the left side of the spectrum really...they got together and they said let's go to the Post blog and tell them how unhappy we are with this column.
HH: Was there an epicenter of that effort?
JB: It looked like it was in a bunch of different blogs. I mean, it certainly was getting a lot of attention on Atrios and Daily Kos, and some other places. So I mean there did seem to be...you know, it wasn't a campaign in the sense of a really organized campaign, but it was kind of a grass roots campaign to...
Oh, please! Grass roots means from the bottom up. It's kind of a lefty buzzword that implies extra legitimacy to ideas and campaigns that originate with "the people". But of course Atrios and Kos are not "the people" they are the big swinging units of the left-wing blogosphere. And Media Matters (which employs Atrios) was also beating the drum
on this story. Is David Brock part of the grass roots?
Note also about the supposed lack of profanity:JB: Yeah. I don't know how you protect from that, other than to build the best system you can to try to make it difficult for them to creat trouble. And I think one of the things we've learned in the last couple of days is we haven't made it difficult enough. We had profanity filters that weren't working, and some other issues.
I suspect that the profanity filters did weed out a lot of the worst posts; it's hard to believe that nobody dropped an f-bomb
in this set of posts.