“Internet chatters posing as journalists” is Harry Jaffe’s phrase in a 11/16/06 Washingtonian piece about how MainStream Media won the election and bloggers et al. lost. “Major news organizations and experienced journalists” had the stories that persuaded voters. He goes on to cite anti-admin (& other GOP) stories — Abramoff corruption, secret prisons, phone call monitoring and others.
In time, journalists freelancing as bloggers on the Internet might have greater impact on American elections, but if last week’s voting is any indication, the political landscape is still being painted by the reporters working for major media outlets.
He rejoices in mainstream dominance because it’s under credible attack by web-based independents who never went to journalism school and do not submit to gatekeeping by people such as Dan Rather. But crowing over such a victory would have been unseemly indeed a few years ago. Jaffe would not have bothered.
That’s one thing. Another is that he rejoices in Mainstreamers’ victory for what party? Why, their party, what else? Go MSM Dems!