Posts from February 25, 2005

Derail the spammers

Derail the spammers

: My son and webmaster tells me that the new WordPress has one of those deals that require you to enter five digits in an image so you can post a comment — thus derailing the comment spammers. Wish I could have that.

He’s baaaack

He’s baaaack

: Jeff Gannon/Guckert has a blog that announces:

I’m baaaaaaack! If you thought I was going to slink away – then you don’t know much about me. Someone still has to battle the Left and now that I’ve emerged from the crucible, I’m stronger than before.

Surely all sides can agree on one thing: The guy is a twit.

: LATER: ChiCon, a conservative Rutgers blogger, says: “Jeff Jarvis may say he’s a twit, but he’s our twit. So good luck, Jeff Gannon.”

How (not) to win friends and influence voters

How (not) to win friends and influence voters

: The obnoxious self-inflicted orthodoxy of some on the left is hurting the cause and the party and any chance of getting elected again.

Today over at Kos, Armando calls me a “right-wing media gadfly.” Commenters then pile on, as is their sport, and say that because New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller has been hanging around me, he must be right-wing, too. What liberal media, indeed. And then my bete taupe, Eric Alterman, uses his column in The Nation to call me “a self-styled evangelist for right-wing bloggers.” And when I say that we’re all journalists now thanks to the internet, he says: “That, of course, is nonsense. Journalists aspire to standards of fairness, accuracy and research that are not generally observed by Jarvis’s pajama-clad army.” These are standards not generally observed by Alterman in his spreading of innuendo not backed by the slightest reporting or fact. But I digress.

What does my right-wing look like?

: I voted for John Kerry, though reluctantly.

: I voted for Bill Clinton, eagerly.

: I am dying to vote for Hillary Clinton.

: I vote Democratic in local races in my corner of New Jersey, when they have the guts to run.

: I am pro-choice.

: I opposed the Bush tax cuts.

: I am against school vouchers.

: I am for gay marriage and quit the Presbyterian Church over its bigotry against gays.

: I am for universal health care.

: I fight for free speech in America and elsewhere.

: I wrote a cover story for The Nation.

So why do these guys want to drum me out of their corps (or what they think is their corps)? What are my crimes of political incorrectness?

: I didn’t support Howard Dean.

: I supported the war in Iraq on the humanitarian grounds that we had a duty to finish the job of removing a tyrant who had murdered millions and bring democracy to an oppressed people. I call that a liberal, humanitarian, nation-building cause. These guys don’t.

: I didn’t support Howard Dean.

: I dared to criticize Koz for attacking Americans who were murdered in Iraq and dared to repeat Zephyr Teachout’s recollections about the Dean campaign trying to curry favor with Kos via a job.

: I didn’t support Howard Dean.

: I choose to be civil to bloggers who would call themselves conservative and though we disagree they are usually civil to me.

: I didn’t support Howard Dean.

: I do support the notion that we need to bring democracy to the world and that without it, terrorism will continue.

: I didn’t support Howard Dean.

And for these sins, Kos calls me right-wing, Alterman calls me all kinds of things, and Oliver Willis rises to the rhetorical heights of calling me, as he calls anyone with whom he disagrees, “stupid.”

Is this the left, the caring, human, open, inclusive, warm, huggy, humanisitic left? Or is this just its wackier, ruder wing of the party? I vote for the latter.

But this is how liberals treat our own if we don’t agree with ever syllable certain folks proclaim or if we don’t seethe and spit at the other side.

This is no way to win elections and no way to enact change and no way to influence policy. If this wing continues to be the loudest voice of the party and, in fact, takes over the party, then you can bet that the Democrats will forever be in opposition — a role these folks love like cultists who feed on attack — or, worse, even sink into extinction. I’m not a third-party guy; never have been, never want to be. But being attacked for daring to disagree on one issue or with one self-proclaimed leader is no way to win friends and influence elections. I hope the Clinton wing retakes the party from the spitting fringe.

I’m no right-winger. But I’m not their kind of left-winger. I’m proud to sit in the center with most of America, in a country that isn’t at war, red v. blue, but is getting sick of the fringers who are.

Real webcasting history

Real webcasting history

: Forget about all my MSNBC games. The big wecasting event today is the start of the King of All Blacks show. Howard Stern has been threatening to start a show with him on Sirius. That’ll guarantee a million new subs, huh?

AP RSS

AP RSS

: Rafat Ali does good reporting on the AP’s plans on RSS.

Next: A plague of flacks

Next: A plague of flacks

: The Swiftreport wonders whether the reason LA is getting socked with 40 days and 40 nights of rain could be that God is pissed that The Passion didn’t get an Oscar nomination…

Into orbit

Into orbit

: MediaWeek reports on a survey of Stern fans to find out how many are planning to make the switch. 22 percent said they are definitely getting Sirius; 41 percent were still deciding. If those numbers play out, the deal works well for Sirius and Stern. It was reported that Stern had to bring in 1 million subs to make the deal work. He has an audience reported at anywhere from 8 to 18 million; that’s 1.7 to 4 million subs just for the 22 percent who are decided; add in some proportion of those who still thinking; add in Nascar fans, now that Sirius got that deal… and I’m glad I bought Sirius stock (with absolutely no insider knowledge!). I’ll write a post soon on my reaction to having Sirius and my wish list for it. (Hat tip: Peter Weinberger)

: OOPS: I read an email on this and linked from there. Jimmy Robinson in the comments is my editor and catches me in a bad omission: The story goes further to say that a sizable hunk were not aware of the size of the fee (which is too much, I’d say) and that reduced the number considerably so, given the audience/fan numbers above, the net ends up either below or above 1 million. So they’ll still have a lot of selling to do. Thanks, Jimmy. But I’m still not selling the stock.

Podcast, Inc.

Podcast, Inc.

: Now I can take the gag out of my mouth: Blogger cocreator Ev Williams, one of the handful of people who made blogging happen, is now moving his attention to Podcasting with a new company to enable people to create and find and play audio. He showed it at TED and The Times wrote it up today. When Ev showed me the plan a bit ago, I was jumping up and down on the couch: We need this kind of work to make the inventions of the pioneers — Adam Curry, Dave Winer, et al — ready for mere mortals and prime time. I’m also glad they’re thinking advertising support from the start. And the possibilities are endless (think vlogs). Ev hitched up with Noah Glass, who started Audblogger, an idea whose time has now come. Here is Ev’s post on how it happened. Here is Odeo.