October 28, 2004
GET A PAPER ROUTE: Jim Rutenberg wrote an article for the New York Times about journalists spooked by “Internet writers.”
Journalists covering the campaign believe the intent is often to bully them into caving to a particular point of view. They insist the efforts have not swayed them in any significant way, though others worry the criticism could eventually have a chilling effect.
A chilling effect? Journalists, chill. Do you have any idea what it’s like to be an “Internet writer?” Do you really think we don’t get criticized, too? Come on. My blog has a comments section that on any given day dozens and even hundreds of people use to yell at me and at each other. Instapundit doesn’t have comments, but it does have email. I can’t even read it all, let alone answer it.
The blogosphere is not an entity. It’s a network. The political blogosphere has two halves. And those who inhabit different halves blast each other’s writing as often as they train their sights on the media.
When I was a kid I worked at a pizza joint. The manager liked to say “if you can’t work with people, get a paper route.” That’s great advice. It goes for adults, too. If you can’t take criticism you can always deliver the paper. You don’t have to write for it.