The Mix

Vegas Blogasm creates fantasy-driven backlash

David Brooks, cornered cat.
First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Ghandi

The New York Times should be embarrassed, and its right-wing columnist David Books sent to pundit reeducation camp for his column in Sundays' New York Times attempting to slime uber-blogger Markos Moulitsas of DailyKos.

Playing with metaphors that would have gotten him a D in freshman writing class, Brooks writes, "The Keyboard Kingpin, aka Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, sits at his computer, fires up his Web site, Daily Kos, and commands his followers, who come across like squadrons of rabid lambs, to unleash their venom on those who stand in the way," writes Brooks. "And in this way the Kingpin has made himself a mighty force in his own mind, and every knee shall bow." (it costs money to reads this column under the New York Times' misguided policy. Hint: it's not worth it.)

Brooks' effort is a pathetic attempt, on behalf of the wingnut right-wing bloggers, to trash Markos with silly innuendo derived from a couple of leaked emails off a rollicking list serve of hundreds of progressive bloggers writers and pundits. Brooks' piece is so light on nuance, meat and insight, it's clear that all his information came second hand from reading the hyperventilation of right-wing blogs and obsessed New Republic contributor, Jason Zengerle. Zengerle thought he stumbled onto some really juicy stuff, pointing to a powerhouse Moulitsas flexing his newfound political muscle, and petty corruption in the liberal bloggger ranks. In reality he found nothing new or interesting.

Basically Brooks' and Zengerle's whole premise belongs in the dumpster, and reflects a desperation on the part of journalists threatened that writing, language, coordination and passion have helped create a new power base within the political constellation, and that old style pundit writers are facing irrelevance.

For a little background...
Don Hazen is the executive editor of AlterNet.
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