Q&A Friday #4: Do Blogs Help Or Hurt America?

Q: “Do you think that sites such as yours, and your counterparts on the left (This Modern World, etc.) do more to help or hurt America?” — Rastus

A: The growth of the blogosphere in particular, and the growing influence of political websites in general, definitely helps America. These political websites on the net give people more choices about where to get their news & help keep politicians and the media honest by cataloguing and fact checking their comments. That’s a good thing.

Now, some people may not think bloggers are good for America because we’re partisan, because we have a point of view. My response to that would be that the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, etc, etc, etc, all have points of view too, they’re just trying to fool people by claiming to be objective.

As far as I’m concerned, the public would be better informed, better served, and better able to make important decisions, if the mainstream media was just as up front about their ideological leanings as bloggers are.

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