You Gotta Know The Territory

As the video at Hot Air illustrates, Bill O’Reilly smears that entire site because one random commenter referred to President Obama as “Hussein.” Allahpundit writes:


Ah, there’s nothing like yanking out a comment out of context and using it to smear the entire site, even though neither Ed nor I have ever referred to Obama as “Hussein.” Bonus points to O’R for referring to the comment in question as a “blog posting” even though it’s anything but. And before our lefty commenters ask, yes, I have defended Kos from similar charges.

Ed Morrissey adds:

I put Bill O’Reilly in the same category as Alan Colmes, when he accused us of being a Birther site, even though we kept criticizing the people pushing it. Bottom line for me: if the O’Reilly Factor can’t figure out the difference between a blog post and a comment, they have no business opining about the Internet at all.

This is a fair common attack in the legacy media, even those whose publishers increasingly have blogs and comment sections of their own, and I can understand O’Reilly himself not getting the basics of the Internet, (there are plenty of otherwise savvy old media pros who are clueless when it comes to the Web), but what about his production staff? Is there anybody there who could have told him the difference between a blog’s authors and its commenters — who can be anybody?

Related: Michelle Malkin writes, “Jawa Report blogger receives Muslim death threat online. Attention, cable TV Internet cops…”


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