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September 06, 2009

Okay... Need a Favor: Use This Thread for CJ Victory Dances, and Keep It Out of the Other Threads
Bonus: Howard Dean Still Claiming Van Jones was Duped

Duped! Howard Dean picks up on Charles Johnson's absurd defense and claims that Van Jones signed one unobjectionable petition and found his name appended to a different, objectionable petition.

Not even Van Jones dares to state this, as he knows he'd be proven a liar lickety-split.

So instead his lackeys claim what he himself doesn't dare to.

As I contended: My beef with Johnson wasn't entirely about Johnson. The left will latch on to any claim, no matter how palpably false, to spin their roiling radicalism into misguided moderation.

Via Allah's round up and closing thoughts (though I suppose "closing" is the wrong way to describe them; this sucker has another week in it, at least).

He notes, as Andy Levy and Mickey Kaus and Ed Driscoll all noted, that the media blacked out this story so effectively that the first time most people even hear of Van Jones is the day of his resignation.

This is definitely true of the New York Times -- the first time the Paper of Record "scoops" the competition that a scandal is brewing, the scandal is already over. (Mostly.)

Why? What exactly do they believe themselves to be accomplishing? They all read Drudge and know that 90% of the news-hawking public reads Drudge, and yet they continue to think that if they just ignore a story they somehow make it go away.

This might be a true first -- a resignation of a high-ranking government official without virtually anyone in the media even noting that it was a possibility at all. This entire story played out, virtually without exception*, in the alternative media and online.

They think they're the Gatekeepers and Deciders, but they're not. They're not "deciding" much any more.

All they're doing is helping me and other alt-media people.

And, mostly, Drudge.

All they're doing is telling the public, each and every time they do this, that if you're reading the MSM, you're missing out on the real stories, which can only be found elsewhere.

You can read the MSM and find out stuff after it's already happened, or you can read the alt-media and find out stuff as it's unfolding, when it's still a live controversy and people still have a chance to affect the outcome.

They're killing themselves. And good riddance to bad rubbish.

* One of the few exceptions: Jake Tapper. ABCNews is a major network, of course, but his stories on this were relegated to the online part of the operation.

CBSNews also mentioned it the day before Jones resigned.


I realize many of you are annoyed at Charles Johnson.

But I need to ask this favor:

Please stop posting Charles Johnson stuff in every post.

Here's the problem: about 20% of you are very eager to discuss this.

On the other hand, 60% of readers either only know the name Charles Johnson and have no feelings about him either way, and 20% haven't heard of him at all, until a couple of days ago.

As you can imagine, that 80% of the readers who really don't give a fig about CJ either way are getting pretty annoyed at every thread becoming a CJ thread. I have gotten complaints about the tedium of this.

So please; There are numerous CJ threads here. Use them, please. I know everyone wants to just post in the top thread, which gets the most action. But if all the people who want to discuss CJ to to, say, the last CJ post (which is, actually, this thread), well, that thread will get a lot of action too.

People will no where to look for the LGF discussion.

And those who are tired of the discussion won't have to read about it.

Please. This isn't me being a big dick. It's me telling you that it's not fair that a minority take over every thread that pops up to discuss something of little to no interest at all to everyone else.

Do me a solid and keep the CJ stuff to this thread or previous ones or posts specifically mentioning LGF or CJ. (And such posts will be few and far between -- I never really discussed him that much before this incident, and I imagine I'll return to that policy immediately.)

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