Oh, Dan, you’re still hurt

Oh, Dan, you’re still hurt

: Rather Biased has a hilarious quote from Dan Rather trying to argue that blogs are an extension of Karl Rove’s brain. And you are an extension of whose brain, Dan?

“The secretary of state in Ohio says, we’re not going to have another Florida, we will count all of those votes no matter how long it takes. It might take as much as a week. We’ll simply have to wait and see. Ed Bradley, you did before saying clearly advantage Bush in Ohio, very hard to put the figures together and see how John Kerry can win.

“That being the case, one would expect that the blogging machine, which the White House and Bush-Kerry [sic] campaign have used to such strong advantage for any number of purposes over their four years will start, if it hasn’t started already, a campaign to say Kerry and Edwards for the good of the country need to concede.”

Dan Rather knows a thing or too about the collective power of blogs and the Internet but to make such a statement is preposterous. Looks like he’s still stuck in 1974.

Bradley all but agreed with Dan:

“I’m sure it started already.”

Rather agrees with Bradley’s assent: “Right.”

  • Michael

    Saying that the GOP used blogs “to such strong advantage” doesn’t mean that Rather thinks blogs were planned or managed or otherwise “of Karl Rove’s brain.” Don’t put words into his mouth. If anything, he’s complimenting the power of blogs to be influential, and just noting that the right utilized their influence better than the left.

  • Mike

    Come on Michael, Rather’s statement was a cheap shot towards all the blogs that took him down on the phony document 60 minutes story. His statement stereotyping the blogosphere as a Rovian machine was an attempt to continue his belief that partisan political operatives on the internet unfairly accused him of unethical behavior. Pure and simple. Rather still can’t realize that he was caught red-handed and that his career is over.

  • Jarrod

    Mmm. There were blogs that took down Rather, yes. And blogs were, for the first time, a major force for both campaigns. I know myself of at least six people who are friends of mine whose blogs have turned into MiniDNC’s or MiniGOP’s.
    Bad? Good? Blogs are here to stay and will be a major force in the future. NPR was even talking about the blogosphere generating a third party candidate who could one day exist on the internet. Wh oknows?

  • Craig

    After reading the quote from Rather I really find it difficult to interpret his statement as a “cheap shot” at blogging when, in fact, a large number of blogs DID ask Kerry to concede (Mr. Jarvis included). I understand that Rather screwed up on the documents fiasco, but do you really think he’s out to get revenge by implying (correctly) that the bloggers will start demanding a concession by Kerry? Calling this statement a “cheap shot” at bloggers is akin to saying John Kerry took a “cheap shot” at Mary Cheney for being a lesbian – both are nonsensical arguments that attempt to refute a truthful statement that really has no context to suggest a “cheap shot” was being taken.

  • Henrietta

    This post could be called “Pathetic Rather basher’s cry for attention”

  • http://www.learnedhand.com/scrutineer.htm MDP

    Craig: After reading the quote from Rather I really find it difficult to interpret his statement as a “cheap shot” at blogging when, in fact, a large number of blogs DID ask Kerry to concede (Mr. Jarvis included).
    Rather’s “blogging machine” sounds an awful lot like the internet division of Hillary Clinton’s “vast right wing conspiracy”. Isn’t it a cheap shot to write off conservative (or Bush-supporting) bloggers as mechanically loyal apparatchiks?
    Is liberal Bush-voter Michael Totten part of the “machine”? How about Jarvis, who voted for Kerry, but then asked him to concede?