The blog, if overrated, is still an incredibly useful tool. It permits writers to abandon their (often, and certainly in this case, incredibly large) audiences without comment for long periods of time (10 days, for instance). It also enables an entirely new breed of journalism that is as engrossing as it is important. Unfortunately, bloggery also enables the dumbest of conspiracy theorists to take monstrous digital shits that are more often than not catapulted into the realm of pseudo-credibility by Jonah Goldberg. The latest: an assertion that the widely-verifed Downing Street Memo and related papers are frauds; also that "[e]ven if these memos could be authenticated, they're still meaningless."
Well, Tony Blair has confirmed the authenticity of the first memo released, the others seem pretty well-supported, and I have a bit of trouble buying that the LGF reader behind the Goldberg-cited post actually believes his own argument that it's only a bunch of "idiots" who would find the documents, which claim (rather unsubtly), that "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy", to be meaningful.
-Ben | Comments
| Topics: Iraq, Right-wing wankery