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Liberal Bloggers Silent on Conflict

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by carpro, Jul 26, 2006.

  1. carpro

    carpro Well-Known Member
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    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.

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    "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."
     
  2. KenH

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    Bingo. Yep.
     
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    As someone on a liberal blog said, "They're afraid that if they mention that the Israeli response is oh, say, just a TAD over the top, they'll be immediately branded as terrorist loving liberals who want to respond to aggression with hugs and therapy."
     
  4. KenH

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    They wouldn't be terrorist lovers but they would be inaccurate.
     
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    carpro Well-Known Member
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    Sounds like a decent translation would be they don't have the courage to stand behind their convictions. Don't you agree?
     
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    I would just say that they refuse to understand the true nature of the conflict.
     
  7. OrovilleTim

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    :thumbs: I'll buy that one!
     
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