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Monday, June 04, 2012

The New Media Rock!

Here's a good illustration of the fact that the internet age - along with the new news media that have grown up within it - is crushing the old, plodding dead-tree industry (with some help from a soldier recruited from said dead-tree industry - a reporter).

See "Last minute smear job: Dems claim Scott Walker fathered ‘love child’ 24 years ago; Update: Debunked by reporter."

Turns out, the juveniles at Daily Kos, the usual suspects, ginned up and released a story at the last minute in an attempt to discredit Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, with the obvious intention of getting him defeated in tomorrow's recall election.  Now, in the old days, this kind of last-minute harm would be inflicted, votes would be influenced accordingly, and - a few days or weeks after the damage is done - the press would clarify "the story."  Too late, of course.  Too late as planned by those who launched the conspiracy in the first place.

In this case, though, Twitter went into action and, within hours, the truth won out.  The story was bogus.  Completely bogus.  No harm done.  Except to the reputations of the morons at Daily Kos.  Who are too stupid to care.

Charge leveled, charge debunked, in the blink of an eye.

So here's to the new media!  You guys make us proud.