Rightwinger Norah Vincent, “a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a think tank set up after Sept 11 to study terrorism”, observes that the big names in blogland lean to the right, and induces from this that this is a response to “the left’s carefully combed and bowdlerized opus of ideals served up daily on the gray pages of nearly every big-city newspaper”. And that’s why so many of these papers are complaining about it. (Actually the complaints tend to focus on the self-indulgence and lack of editorial review of this medium, rather than the political bias.) According to Vincent, weblogs “provide a healthy criticism of the liberal establishment’s hopelessly arrogant monotone”, quoting James Lileks: “The newspaper is a lecture. The Web is a conversation.” Perhaps the real difference is that some sort of conversation takes place before a newspaper chooses to publish an opinion. And it’s interesting to note that the article attacks the very newspaper it is published in. Doesn’t that rather undermine Vincent’s premise?
(From Los Angeles Times)