What does United States President Bush think about the blogosphere? Does he like blogs or not?
It should be fairly obvious: he loves blogs. They saved his ass, when there was that controversy of liar Dan Rather (rather not speak the truth) over phony National Guard service records. Rathergate.
Even if you don't like President Bush, you must admit: the bloggers rushing to analyze, collaborate, and defend, not Bush, but truth, this was grand. It boosted the popularity and the fear of blogs.
Blogs are hated and feared by those who wish to destroy free expression, free thought, freedom of and from religion.
If you or your "faith" go around killing people who disagree with you or your "faith", then I am the eternal enemy of you and your "faith". You may attack me all you wish, but do it in the awareness that I am committed to the total annihilation of your "faith".
Whether that "faith" is religious, political, music theory, style of dress and decorum, browser brand, programming language, blog platform, or operating system, it means nothing to me. As long as you kill or flame those who disagree, I'm deadset against you.
Now that that's settled, let's look at what President Bush thinks about blogs.
"Bush hails blogosphere"
But the Drudge Report has excerpts from Bill Sammon's new book, Strategery, in which both Bush and Karl Rove talk about the document scandal:
President Bush, for the first time, is hailing the rise of the alternative media and the decline of the mainstream media, which he now says “conspired” to harm him with forged documents.
“I find it interesting that the old way of gathering the news is slowly but surely losing market share,” Bush said in an exclusive interview for the new book STRATEGERY. “It’s interesting to watch these media conglomerates try to deal with the realities of a new kind of world.”
For example, journalist Dan Rather left the anchor chair at CBS News after Internet reporters revealed he had used forged documents to criticize Bush’s military record in September 2004. The forgeries, which Bush now calls a conspiracy, ended up helping his reelection campaign, he acknowledged in the Oval Office interview.
“It looks like somebody conspired to float false documents,” the president tells author Bill Sammon. “And I was amazed about it. I just couldn’t believe that would be happening [and] then it would become the basis of a fairly substantial series of news stories.”
He added: “Then there was a backlash to it. I mean, a lot of people were angry that this could have happened. A lot of Americans are fair people and they viewed this as patently unfair. So in a funny way, I guess it inured to our benefit, when it was all said and done.”
Although Memogate was initially expected to harm the president, it ended up backfiring spectacularly on the press.
“The guy that it hurt most was Dan Rather and the executives at CBS,” White House strategist Karl Rove said in an interview for STRATEGERY. “It further disgraced a network which is third in ratings and, if you look at the demographics of their consumers, it’s like 70 percent Democrat.”
Rove said Rather’s eagerness to broadcast obviously forged documents proves he is “no serious reporter.” As for Rather’s insistence, to this day, that the documents are real, Rove said: “That’s really bias.”
Memogate has helped accelerate the decline of the mainstream media, generally defined as CBS, NBC, ABC, The New York Times and other establishment news outlets.
“I think what’s healthy is that there’s no monopoly on the news,” Bush said. “There’s competition. There’s competition for the attention of, you know, 290 million people, or whatever it is.
“And the amazing thing about this world we live in is that there’s a kind of free-flowing, kind of bulletin board of ideas and thoughts out there in the ether space, sometimes landing on somebody’s desk and sometimes not, but always available. It’s a very interesting period.”
Having long been pilloried by the mainstream media, Bush now finds the rise of the alternative media nothing less than revolutionary.
“It’s the beginning of the twenty-first century; it also happens to be the beginning of—or near the beginning—of a revolution in newsgathering and dissemination,” he said. “Not in newsmaking—that tends to be pretty consistent.”
Rove considers Memogate a watershed in the rise of the alternative media.
“The whole incident in the fall of 2004 showed really the power of the 'blogosphere',” he said in his West Wing office.
“Because in essence you had now, an army of self-appointed experts looking over the shoulder of the mainstream media and bringing to bear enormously sophisticated skills,” he added.
Rove also noted the down-side of the blogosphere, especially on the left:
“There is so much ugliness and viciousness and fundamental untruths that the blogosphere transmits,” he lamented. “It also is a vehicle for ugly rumors, for scurrilous personal attacks, an avenue for the creation of urban legends which are deeply corrosive of the political system and of people’s faith in it.”
That's true, too. But, as Rove also notes, the mainstream media have hardly been free from urban legends and scurrilous attacks...
For my part, whenever I see an interesting news report on television, I turn to my wife and announce solemnly: "I wonder what The Blogs are saying about this. I wonder what Instapundit is saying."
I care nothing for Republicans or Democrats. The best thing that could happen to our country is for all the political parties to vanish overnight, along with their mistaken agendas and lobbyist love embraces.
But I like how bloggers defended the truth, and how they crucified a criminal liar, a biased reporter, a typical representative of the cursed MSM: Dan Rather Not Speak the Truth.