JournoList: Kathleen Parker, Phone Home!
h/t Allahpundit on Twitter. Former NRO protege and the extra-terrestrially conservative Kathleen Parker has a problem as regards the wealth of stories about JournoList across the conservative blogosphere. Let's see if I can succinctly break down her complaint.
Liberals can use a mass email list to frame the debate on politics in America. Kathleen Parker can use her position at the WaPo to frame the JournoList debate in a manner to marginalize the focus of the Right on line. But when said Right on line openly frames the debate in a manner she doesn't care for, it's time to consider drawing a line? That about it?
Got it. Check. If you want to talk to your friends, Kathleen, you might try calling them, as opposed to using an email list of 400 mostly strangers. Or, if you're in desperate straights, I suppose you could just phone home. BTW, how's all that hopey changey stuff working out for ya these days, Kathleen? Just thought I'd ask, as we ran into one another and everything! Heh!
The current Journolist controversy that has the blogosphere heaving sparks and Washington even more self-absorbed than usual is weak tea — a tempest in Barbie's teacup.
Were they naive to think so? In this world, yes. Was Carlson right to "out" the private comments of people who, for the most part, have no significant power? That, to me, is the more compelling issue.
Scandalous? Sure, if you want it to be. If you pull a few remarks from tens of thousands posted by 400 people over a few years, you can frame a debate any way you wish. If you pull a mean quote about Rush Limbaugh, you've got Limbaugh time. Throw in Karl Rove, Fox News and Sarah Palin, and you're golden — for a little while.
In the meantime, we have to ask ourselves: Are we better off never having the ability to speak offhandedly among friends, to say in private what we could never say in public, to think aloud and uncensored?
Or do we resign ourselves to the new reality — that no one is ever to be trusted — and keep our thoughts to ourselves? The answer implied by the events here described suggests a country in which few of us would want to live.