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A Blog to the Bloggers

Tuesday, 01 March 2005 12:00 AM

In fact, the worst aspect of my mistake is the fact that so many bloggers are like-minded conservatives. I didn't need those hundreds of e-mails to remind me of the power of the blog in the CBS phony document scandal. I talked about it often on my show.

But allow me to give you a personal perspective that led to my on-air comments. For nearly three years now, I have been the subject of a blogger's wrath. This guy, a daily listener who used to love my show, became agitated because he believes I'm part of a conspiracy to cover up his opinion that President Bush and the U.S. government flew the planes into the Twin Towers on 9/11 by remote control.

Day after day, week after week, month after month, he cranks out columns about me. Very little of his work has anything to do with anything I've said on radio or TV. He has fabricated e-mails purported to have been written by me, has written that I am everything from a drug addict to a child molester, has called our offices repeatedly with thinly veiled threats against me and my family, and has even shown up repeatedly at personal appearances I've made.

This is the kind of blogger I was referring to. And while I shouldn't have lumped all bloggers into this category, I still believe that I'm correct in wondering about the thin line between a so-called journalist and a blogger. After all, it was the "Jeff Gannon" controversy in the White House that led me to bring this up in the first place.

Like "Jeff Gannon," the guy who has relentlessly written about me has successfully obtained access to events where I was the speaker, portraying himself as a member of the media. And arguably, both he and "Jeff Gannon" ARE members of the media – America's new media of blogging.

My colleague Hugh Hewitt has been described as one of the nation's foremost authorities on the blogosphere. In fact, I interviewed him on my show about his book, "Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation That's Changing Our World." I wish Hugh, or someone else, would write a book that teaches people how to discern between truth and fiction on the Internet.

We all know that when people see something in print, they are inclined to believe it. When a screwball writes terrible and untruthful things about someone, where's the instruction manual for the reader to refer to that helps them know the difference between truth and fiction?

I know there's no such thing, nor will there ever be. There sure hasn't been any attempt to teach people how to avoid the liberal bias in the mainstream media. Then again, maybe there has been. It's called the blog.

I'm sorry for having painted with such a broad brush. I should have known better. After all, in addition to the daily blog I write on my Web site, www.mikeonline.com, I've been a contributor to www.newsmax.com for years, one of the country's most prominent and successful blogs.

Thanks to the hundreds and hundreds of people who wrote me thoughtful e-mails on this subject. And most of all, thanks to Jeff Blogworthy, whoever he is. He was right to take me out to the woodshed over this.

Chalk another one up to the power of the blog.

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