The Electric Commentary

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Dan Drezner post on the civility of bloggers

I think that the incentives for bloggers to behave badly (commenters too) talked about in this post apply to the new TV news media as well. Has news been as civil since Fox News and Hardball came on the scene (Bill Mahrer, Dennis Miller, etc.)? Of course no one on this site would ever act in an uncivil fashion. Never.


  • Part of the reason that right-wing radio is so successful is because they say outrageous things. This appeals to an entrenched base and also to people on the opposite side of the spectrum who listen because they find humor or politcal ammunition in what is said. As of late, the right has not been alone: see Randi Rhodes on Air America Radio and Michael Moore. You don't make money by being rational or asking for compromise.

    By Blogger RyanSimatic, at 10:51 PM  

  • We used to have Air America back in the day before they bounced a milion dollar check to their Chicago affilliate and I heard Randi Rhodes a few times. She seemed nuts, but not significantly more nuts than Bill O'Reilly (a little more than Limbaugh, I think only because she was less calm. Always screaming, very annoying). I couldn't listen for more than 15 minutes. I thought Franken was OK, not great. I think he should stick to books, where he really shines (limited TV time is OK too). He has a face for radio and a voice for mime. Janeane Garofolo also went nuts at some point, and started sounding more and more like Randi Rhodes. It may have been too much hair dye. She quotes Noam Chomsky a lot too. That's no good either.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 7:58 AM  

  • Rhodes is nuts no doubt, but definitely no more than O'Reilly. Franken has a good show. I think over time it will improve. If you still want to listen to the broadcasts, web streaming from is higher quality than AM radio anyway.

    By Blogger RyanSimatic, at 9:20 PM  

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