Friday, February 02, 2007

My Media Is More Powerful Than Laura Mallory's

I'll never get in Mrs. Mallory's Bible study group now. Nor offered a job at Edelman. Asked to lobby for Media Bloggers Association? No way. Guess I'll just have to keep on blogging bravely on alone into the night. I can always hang lite-brites if times get tough. If I get arrested, I'm sure The Ministry of Magic will send an Auror. I answer only to that blue-eyed She-Devil (no, not Hillary), J.K. Rowling.

I'd rather just have the good 'ole boy attorney, thank you very much.


Anonymous said...

I wouldn't be too broken hearted about not joining the Media Bloggers Association.

Are you aware that Bob Cox, founder and President of the Media Bloggers Association (MBA) - the association responsible for securing blogger access to the Libby trial, is also widely recognized as running one of the most virulently right-wing presences on the internet –

The raison d’etre of Cox’s blog is a critique of veteran news anchor Keith Olbermann. If you’re not familiar with MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, it’s been the only cable network program to openly express disagreement with the Bush administration’s policies, in particular on the war in Iraq.

In his own words:

“Not that it was ever my goal in life but I am now the leading blog critic of Keith Olbermann and a recognized authority on Keith Olbermann (citation: quoted in Washington Post, New York Observer, Hartford Courant, Online Journalism Review, etc.).”

Bob Cox refers to supporters of Keith Olbermann as “Olbyloons” – a derisive term whose only purpose can be to evoke scorn and distain for those who support Olbermann’s informative, entertaining, and thought-provoking newscast.

Here’s one example of Cox’s use of the term from an October 18, 2007 interview with Ken Berwitz :

“We asked Ken if he could apply the research in his book to help us better understand those afflicted with OlbyLoon Disorder, those disturbed people known the world over as ‘OlbyLoons.’”


“Let’s start with hygiene. OlbyLoons spend a great deal of time in the bathtub in order to emulate their hero, Keith Olbermann. What did you learn about the bathing habits of OlbyLoons.”


“OlbyLoons, often unable to apply logic in an argument, resort to vituperation. Why?”

Cox has also admitted his own right-wing tendencies on the pages of another blog he founded, On the subject of closing the blog, Cox wrote:

"It's clear to me that TND has too much right-of-center baggage to be an effective platform from which to advance the non-partisan agenda of the Media Bloggers Association. I believe I can be a far more effective advocate for the MBA - and establish myself as a thought-leader on blogging and citizen media - by creating an entirely new blog. Maybe folks will see this as somewhat pointless in that I am still the same person and I am still going to have the same opinions. Maybe they're right but I feel that that the time has come to break with my TND-self and start a new chapter in my blogging career. What better way than with a new personal blog with a new more constructive tone; a blog devoted to my work as President of the Media Bloggers Association."

Given the importance of the Libby trial, this may help to put the MBA’s activities in this broader context. The blogging community has thrived on the principle of questioning accepted wisdom. In that same spirit, I would encourage you to reflect on the background of MBA’s spokesperson.

steven edward streight said...

You are never blogging alone nor along with the flow of retard couch potato chips, for The I Was of Vaspers the Grate Was and Will Continue to Have Been and Always Will Have Been (everything happens only in the past, the media taught us that)...WITH YOUs!

dancing deconstructively on the MSM grave,


Grayson said...

I don't think I'll be paying membership dues to this dude. Consider me outta there!