Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Saturday, January 15, 2005
The latest tempest to blow through the blogosphere is the claim by former Dean aide Zephyr Treachout that bloggers Markos Zuniga and Jerome Armstrong were hired by the Dean campaign to blog favorably about Dean. If it's true (the facts are disputed by other ex-Deanies)it's just further proof of something that we already knew: the Dean campaign made some really dumb decisions about spending money. Armstrong actually stopped blogging while he was a paid employee, and Kos clearly was more than willing to promote Dean for free. Both bloggers disclosed their financial relationship to the Dean campaign, and of course it was private funds being used, so the inevitable attempts to compare this to the conduct of Armstrong Williams is thoroughly bogus.
While many people are talking nonsense about this, nobody is more nonsensical or dishonest than Bill O'Reilly, who in the space of a few paragraphs completely lied about Kos ("This is bunk. This is bull. Nobody knew about [Dean's payments to Kos].) and then bragged about his own supposed high standards. ("I operate under rules here, Hugh. If I say something defamatory, I get sued....If I say something irresponsible, NewsCorp pulls me off the air....Internet's not like that. No rules.")