Some think bloggers and internet writers of all sorts are like the 19th century pamphleteers who made American politics livelier and more vigorous by lambasting the other team in full-throated broadsides. Actually, I've said that. And there are similarities. But it should be noted that the pamphleteers were heavy on screeds and colorfully damning the foe. The most successful bloggers aren't bringing bluster to the debate, they're bringing facts--font sizes, full quotes, etc. They're bringing facts and points of view on those facts that the MSM before this could ignore, and did ignore. They're bringing a lot to the debate, and changing the debate by what they bring. They're doing what excellent reporters would do.I think the level of my anger at the mainstream media peaked in the Bush 41 years. I would turn on the television and go to NBC or CBS or ABC or CNN in the evening to get the news (where else was I going to get it?) and would, within minutes become enraged by the liberal bias. I actually got to the point where I made the conscious decision to turn the TV off if I witnessed a story that was either not "news" or was heavily biased. Too often, I turned the TV off within the first minute. And I did what millions of Americans did. I eventually quit watching network news. Many years ago.
When I worked at CBS a generation ago I used to receive those letters. Sometimes we read them, and sometimes we answered them, but not always. Now if you see such a report and are enraged you can do something about it: You can argue in public on a blog or on TV, you can put forth information that counters the information in the report. You can have a voice. You can change the story. You can bring down a news division. Is this improvement? Oh yes it is. (link)
Now I can watch all sorts of shows on cable and turn to dozens of internet sites for news and information on a daily - even hourly - basis. And I find myself more willing to choke down the drivel that the likes of the New York Times spews each day because I can turn to alternative sources for balance. Which makes me more balanced in terms of blood pressure reading.
And if I get worked up over something I read or see on television, I can take it out on you. Here.
I'm sorry but it makes for great therapy. And don't forget; I am trying to save you all from yourselves.