Posts from March 14, 2005

Media on media

Media on media

: Supposed to be on Larry Kudlow’s show tonight at 5p ET with Roger L. Simon. I really enjoyed my last visit and conversation with him. Hell, he’s a blogger, of course I would.

: UPDATES: I do like doing Kudlow’s show. He is genuinely enthusiastic about blogs; he reads them and likes them and appreciates them.

Here’s a transcript of the show. Considering how fast I talk sometimes, I don’t want to read it….

What liberal media?

What liberal media?

: There’s a most curious story in The Times today about Democrats.com‘s efforts to have media join a conference call to hear their side of things. They have no idea whether media actually called in. I’ve not seen any stories about the call. So there’s no way to know whether this is a success. Yet The Times devotes considerable attention to it on the front of the business section.

The larger story is a good and interesting one: Are conservatives doing a better job than liberals at using the blogosphere to investigate and spread stories and get them into mainstream media?

But this conference call thing is just a blip.

I called into one of them — subject: Jeff Gannon — because MSNBC was going to have a discussion mentioning it with Bob Cox and Ameriblog Americablog and I was to join in via blogcast. It all got preempted when the Pope burped. I got into the call a bit late and also hung around after the official part was over and I heard the participants asking with great anticipation whether any reporters had actually called in. None showed themselves.

So it just seems odd to me that this odd venture gets so much attention in The Times. That’s all I’m saying: It’s odd.

: By the way, I never did compliment The Times for its story last week on the Apple-v-blogger case: It was a good and blogsmart story that went to great sources, including Susan Crawford and Jack Balkin (quoted again today).

: Joe Gandleman comments on the conference-call story.

Take that, terrorist rats!

Take that, terrorist rats!

: The scene in Lebanon today is miraculous. I’m watching it on Alhurra right now. I don’t understand the words. Don’t have to. The camera is filled with Lebanese celebrating a free future. PubliusPundit has all the details: “A human ‘tsunami’ covers Beirut.”

Between 800,000 and 1.3 million people have jammed Martyr Square and roads leading to it to answer Hizbullah’s pro-Syria rally, which was half the size (and filled with Syrians, by many reports). When Hizbullah had its rally, various eeyores said, see, that’s bigger than the pro-freedom opposition rallies that have filled Beirut. Well, take that. And as one speaker says, quoted at Publius:

From Nayla speech: