DATE: 2/12/2005 10:30:00 AM
Eason's Departure - Good analysis of What It All Means at National Review from Jonah Goldberg and TKS. It's a strange feeling, having played a very small part in this very big story. I think the real hero of the story is whoever created Google. Without that search engine and the ability to access information at broadband speeds, this story would have gone nowhere. But within a few minutes of reading Jordan's comments, bloggers around the country were able to go online and find numerous instances of him saying the same sorts of things.
The MSM will doubtless portray bloggers as an angry mob with torches and pitchforks storming the CNN castle and demanding blood over one misguided comment. But it was the unprecedented access to news stories, transcripts and speeches that allowed bloggers to show that Jordan's comments were not a moment of weakness, but part of a pattern. And as has been pointed out, this was just the bloggers. The MSM ignored this story almost completely.
The balance of power has not shifted - the MSM still has amazing resources and reach. But this is a moment where anyone who had a part to play knows that something really big happened.
As TKS' Jim Geraghty put it, Dang.