The Jade Monkey

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I guess I'm a menshevik

Rodger at This isn't writing, it's typing, coments on the Bolshevik-Menshevik divide among the blogosphere over the CBS report.

As I listened to Hugh Hewitt's radio show last evening, it struck me that what we now have is a sort of Bolshevik-Menshevik divide with folks like Hewitt, Jonathan Last and Jeff Jarvis demanding "dissolution now" (the Bolshevik bloggers) and Power Line, Soxblog, the Captain and others willing to be more patient as the mainstream media collapses of its own weight.

I'm not so concerned about any potential for a damaging and permanent divide among bloggers here though. As I said in my initial reaction, I see this much like the Arlen Specter debate - the heat from the one side is useful in further crippling the MSM, just as the anti-Specterites helped to cow him and bring about the best of both worlds, and will hasten the collapse for which the "anti-anti-Thornburgh-Boccardi" (to steal the nomenclature of the previous debate) side waits in confidence.

As John Podhoretz notes:

That's what happens when you're blinded by bias. Thornburgh and Boccardi didn't want to say so. The world doesn't need them to say so. The world knows the truth.

The curious thing - at once disappointing and satisfying - about the report is that the only part of it which states that they cannot find conclusive evidence one way or the other regarding the documents' authenticity or political bias at work is the conclusion that there is not conclusive evidence one way or the other regarding the documents' authenticity or political bias at work.

Anyone who actually reads the report can't but reach the conclusion both that the documents were bogus and that Mapes and Rather were motivated by bias - that is what everything in the report but the conclusions supposedly based on the evidence screams. We don't need them to say so. We know. And anyone who won't read the report, or willing to trumpet the "headline" of the report as vindication while blindly ignoring the entire body isn't worth worrying about. They're too far gone to be helped.

Meanwhile, soxblog defends his "half a loaf" description of The Panel's report.

I think he is essentially correct. Although I haven't caught the nightly news' coverage of the report, the way the media has characterized the report, much like the report itself, is much better than I hoped. "Myopic Zeal" seems to be the most popular phrase from Thornburgh-Boccardi, and that seems like a good thing.


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