I've been doing some weblog surfing recently and have come across an interesting phenomenon: the pity seeking formula employed by the conservative webloggers. If some of their content wasn't so disturbing, it would be funny.
What contributes to the irony of the whole situation is the obvious slickness of their sites. For a bunch of set upon defenders of a besieged moral position, they sure seem to have huge amounts of resources available to them (no prefab templates like the one I use).
Their blogs are all of the highest quality. Graphic intense, full of bells and whistles, multi linked, and highly scripted. Judging by the number of feeds monitored and the amount of information posted, these sites are the work of more then just one individual posting his or her ruminations. They have to be full time endeavours run by a group or group of people. Concerned individual titles aside, there is no way that one person could have the resources and the energy to expend to create and maintain these sites.
I'm assuming that libel and slander laws are somehow not an issue for these people. If anyone spread lies about me like the ones I’ve seen on these sites, I’d be suing in a minute. Accusations of wife abuse laid at the feet of Michael Schiavo (leave it alone folks, the woman's dead and you lost that battle) and calling Hillary Clinton a lesbian are just a sample of the trash they spew. It amazes me that conservatives could ever accuse people on the left of whining when I read the stuff that they are passing off as information.
What I truly find amazing is that they're passing themselves off as victims of a vast and nefarious plot perpetrated against them by the media. Oh poor them, the horrible left wing press is out to get them. Good lord, don't they ever get tired of singing that false note? They don't even do it that well anymore. It almost make you miss the ranting of Spiro T. Agnew: "Nattering Nabobs of Negativity." Nobody can even come close to that for absolute nonsense, but at least it was funny and showed a flair for language.
The massively funny thing is the fact that the majority of the mainstream press is owned by the very people who support them. Did you know that most of the media outlets in the United States are owned by three corporations? Yep, three.
Here's an example of the mean spirited press that's out to get the good old defenders of the crown, I mean state. During the Gulf War one of these media moguls set up a series of pro war demonstrations, broadcast the marches from start to finish, and then reported them as proof of the wide ranging support for government policy. Yep, it sure is horrible to have the press against you.