Blogs and Double Standards
I don’t know much about Congressman Paul Kanjorski or whether he’s a racist, but I do know that if a Republican had said this —
“We’re giving relief to people that I deal with in my office every day now unfortunately. But because of the longevity of this recession, these are people — and they’re not minorities and they’re not defective and they’re not all the things you’d like to insinuate that these programs are about — these are average, good American people.”
— that liberal blogs would be in an uproar and conservative blogs would be ignoring his comments or downplaying them as harmless.
Which at first glance is the reverse of what’s going on now, and which is what makes so much of the blogosphere fundamentally uninteresting. Having one’s own opinion validated twenty times a day really isn’t all that stimulating, though that’s the primary role most blogs perform.