http://forward.com/main/printer-friendly.php?id=8146 Bloggers Offer Unusual Take On Raging Conflict: Silence By JENNIFER SIEGEL July 21, 2006 Bloggers — as the feisty class of Internet pundits are known — love to paint themselves as free-speech warriors who bravely tackle the hard truths that mainstream media outlets either ignore or distort. But as the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah raged on and conventional media outlets covered the news from the ground, major players in the liberal blogosphere were keeping, by their own admission, decidedly quiet. SNIP "I've noticed some clucking in the right-wing wrongosphere about silence from the major left-wing blogs on the situation in the Middle East," Stollar wrote on Saturday. "There hasn't been silence, but there has been humility in the face of a fast-moving situation that is difficult to understand." Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of the The New Republic and a general critic of bloggers, rejected the "complexity" explanation. "Why would you expect complexity from bloggers, left, right, or Martian?" Wieseltier wrote in an email to the Forward. "They are not in the complexity business on any issue. Maybe the problem is not complexity but complication — the way in which sympathy with Israel's campaign against Hezbollah, and therefore with the use of force, might complicate their lives in progressiveland, where they live."