Sunday, January 15, 2006

The Internet and Truth

Mark Steyn observes:

Michael Barone made a characteristically sharp analysis the other day about the political impact of the Internet: "The left blogosphere has moved the Democrats off to the left, and the right blogosphere has undermined the credibility of the Republicans' adversaries in Old Media. Both changes help Bush and the Republicans." That's very well put. On the left, new media have only yoked the Dems ever more tightly to old weaknesses -- not least on national security and foreign policy. This November will be another bust.
If this is true, then breaking up the liberal media monopoly is worse for the left than we realize. Since the rise of the New Left, the Democrats have survived by obscuring their nature to swing voters. The left side of the blogosphere is saying “Screw that, we’re liberal and we proud of it.” The right side of the blogosphere is challenging MSM liberal bias. In both cases, the internet is clarifying the truth. That could be disastrous for the Democrats.

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