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June 09, 2010

The New Media breeds gladiators

I found Mark Steyn's piece on reaction to the abrupt retirement of Helen Thomas upsetting to read. So you should probably read it too if you haven't.

The entire Western world should be ashamed.

But read Doctor Zero on the same subject. We have things to be proud of as well.

The fall of Helen Thomas is a sign the New Media have crashed those genteel lawn parties, clad in combat pajamas and digital beer hats, asking rude questions about the hosts and laughing at their sputtering indignation. The New Media doesn’t stand on ceremony. Its elder statesmen, talk radio pioneers like Rush Limbaugh, have spent their entire careers being insulted and disrespected by the mainstream press. The same political and opinion elite that indulged decades of insane prattle from Helen Thomas, politely ignoring some of her worst outbursts, was quick to trumpet fraudulent accusations of racism against Limbaugh for things he never said, to paint him as unfit for association with a professional football team. Such relentless assaults build thick skin, and sharp wits. The New Media breeds gladiators, and has little patience for deans and doyennes.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 9, 2010 07:07 AM