Irish doctor with too many thoughts, too little time and a blog that's supposed to check in on reality.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Jill Carroll and Blogs

The TKS on National Review Online written by Jim Geraghty is one of my favourite reads because he's reasonable.
This post on Jill Carroll's release and the reaction of the blogging world in the US is interesting.
He contrasts the rightwing and leftwing nuts who attack him because he said in earlier posts that in light of her video and letter, and conflicting statements from her parents and her paper, that we should hold off making any judgements.
He's perfectly right. He links to rightwing Debbie Schussel (who's completely OTT on everything to do with the War on Terror) and to leftwing ThinkProgress.
He ends with
This is what we've got a blogosphere for? For these kind of (pardon my French) pissing contests? The citizenry around the globe has the greatest mass communications tool in the history of the world, and this is what it's led to?
Rip the MSM all you want, but I read this stuff and I begin to appreciate editors

He really has a point. It is too early to definitively say what happened to Jill Carroll, except that reasonable people everywhere are delighted that she has been released.
This partisan point scoring and moral posturing just annoys me.
Talking about willing participants in orchestrated kidnappings and saying that even mentioning the Stockholm Syndrome is standard "reichtwing" spiel - this is pointless moral outrage.
Yawn..... (which is the reflex response of a friend to the word "outrage")



Blogger Fence said...

Sounds like as good a reaction as any. quoted as well.

April 01, 2006 10:24 p.m.  

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