Monday, April 25, 2005

More Grist for the Mill...

I always like to say that blogs would be nothing without the mainstream media. Heck, without the BBC, New York Times, and San Diego Union Tribune, I'd be writing about such interesting things as irregularities in my dogs' bowel movements and how hard it is to kill a queen carpenter bee. However, even the mainstream media doesn't always provide good material for blogging. It may be a slow a news week or they may be going into full saturation coverage mode on things that don't interest me all that much, such as the new Pope or Michael Jackson.

Having said that, the future is looking brighter! During lulls in the news cycle, I would usually cruise on over to one or two progressive leaning message boards and get the latest moonbat conspiracy theories, but even they were sometimes a little too off-the-wall and not very well written.

Well, the New York Times has written a product placement piece... uh, what's that you say? Oh, a product placement piece, in its simplest form, is an advertisement disguised as a news story. For example, it could be an article in the New York Times about an upcoming show on the Discovery Channel, in which the New York Times Company has a 50% ownership stake. Or it could be a puff piece in Time magazine about a conservative author whose new book is published by Crown Forum (Bertelsmann) and distributed through Time Warner's Book-of-the-Month Club®, which is also managed by Bertelsmann. Or it could be an appearance by Carmen Electra on NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno to remind everyone that NBC has a sitcom named Joey that isn't doing too well.

Anyway, the New York Times has written a product placement piece about a new blogging-news site being organized by Arianna Huffington. It will be called the Huffington Post. Presumably, the Huffington Post is going to feature guest blogging and editorials by the likes of Diane Keaton, Norman Mailer, Warren Beatty, and even Walter Cronkite.

Are you pondering what I'm pondering? I'm willing to give some of the names on that list... Ok, one of the names on that list, Walter Cronkite, the benefit of the doubt. However, it won't surprise me in the least if his first entry out of the gate is a throwback to the days when what Walter Cronkite said, well, that's the way it is! The rest of the names will likely continue to preach to the crowd, in Hollywood. I hope Arianna's site is a huge success with many blogs and media outlets picking up on it. Hollywood involvement in politics worked wonders in 2004. Yes sir, close the garage door, start the engine, and uncork the tinsel-town tailpipe. This should be great fun to watch and provide some good material for a good old-fashioned unlubricated fisking!


Blogger Mike said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I really enjoy reading your daily posts. Keep up the good work! You should check out "The Truth by Scott". It's a liberal blog I go to to make sure people get the real truth. I'm heavily outnumbered though and I often take a beating. There's a link to it on my blog.

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