June 08, 2003

Bloggers Ascendant The Sunday Times

Bloggers Ascendant

The Sunday Times (Times of London) on bloggers and their role in exposing Raines and Co:

"Their latest target is Maureen Dowd, a star writer who jeered at Bush for claiming that Al-Qaeda was “not a problem any more” and has yet to acknowledge that she played fast and loose with his words.

One of the most influential blogs is written by Andrew Sullivan, the Sunday Times columnist who is based in Washington. Long before the Blair scandal, his website andrewsullivan.com, which receives 500,000 hits a month, was blasting Raines for bending the news to fit his liberal political agenda. Before him, sites such as smartertimes.com kept a watch on the paper and others, such as Kausfiles and Instapundit, jumped in.

“The New York Times used to be so powerful that anybody who was a professional journalist was leery of taking it on,” said Sullivan.

“For the first time you could have sustained criticism of the paper and people working for it began to send us the latest dope. The blogs created a narrative which was ‘Howell Raines’s reign of terror’ and that defined the way in which the Jayson Blair affair was interpreted.”

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Posted by Gregory at June 8, 2003 07:46 PM
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