DATE: 9/09/2004 09:32:00 PM
Another Victim - The CBS forgery scandal has claimed another victim, although this one is decidedly new media. Andrew Sullivan has long believed in the power of blogs. It's his blog that likely inspired many of us (including me) to begin and maintain blogs. One would think he'd be all over this story, since it originated on the internet. His response to the story has been a virtual shrug:
But if they are forgeries and the forgers are in any way connected to the Kerry campaign, then they really could be devastating to Kerry's campaign. My gut tells me they're probably genuine; and if they were forgeries, I don't see why the White House would also send them out. But we'll see, won't we?He later repeats the "we'll see, won't we" phrase and condescendingly says it's good for the "Bush wing" of the blogosphere to keep asking questions. It's not too hard to see why the fallen king is so blase about this story. For one, it hurts Bush critics, a group that Sullivan has joined in the past few months. Two, it's not his story, and there's probably a measure of jealousy there.
Still, Sullivan's reaction proves that his antipathy to Bush has clouded his ability to think independently. It's a measure of how far he's fallen that a major trailblazer in the new media universe trusts a (99% discredited) old media story because he wants to believe the worst about Bush.