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July 27, 2007

The System Works!

I can't deny I'm impressed by the efforts of the craz-o-sphere in the Scott Beauchamp matter. They do great work. Even if you assume media outlets are purely profit-driven and completely non-ideological otherwise (which is obviously not the case), pressure that forces them to go back and recheck every single claim in any non-right wing approved story means they'll do fewer such stories, just because the extra time costs them money. No business strives to do things they know will cost them money.

And what's beautiful about this is that it works without overt censorship of any kind. It's just the free market in action!

Posted at July 27, 2007 12:40 PM | TrackBack

I thoroughly enjoy your commentary, Mr. Schwarz. You and Digby especially have a knack for getting right to the essence of absurdity. Digby just penned the moniker "Private Peter Pan." That's great stuff.

Have you ever thought about posting more often?

Posted by: A different Matt at July 27, 2007 02:53 PM

I guess I don't get the warbloggers obesssion w/ a minor morale undermining piece in TNR after the Hedges/Al-Arian "Confessions from U.S. Soldiers in Iraq on the Brutal Treatment of Civilians" piece in The Nation.

Isn't the war crime cat out of the bag at this point? Or is it that they can safely ignore The Nation, but not TNR?

Posted by: vince_foster at July 27, 2007 02:54 PM

Ah, Propaganda Model mechanism four. Always works like a charm.

Posted by: me at July 28, 2007 05:34 PM

Ah, Propaganda Model mechanism four. Always works like a charm. And the tendency of the left to require justification and certainty before leveling criticism, rather than just spewing out the equivalent of the latest Drudgeomatic inanity makes it a power principally for the good of the few, not the many.

Posted by: me at July 28, 2007 05:38 PM