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Thursday, November 04, 2004

The Return of Peggy Noonan

I started this blog as a small email group at work, mostly letting them know Peggy Noonan's latest wisdom. It's gratifying to have her back at opinion journal. She had been an unpaid advisor to the Bush campaign, and to avoid conflict of interest stepped down from the Journal. Interesting that James Carville and Paul Begala cannot say the same thing.

Her perspectives today are important. There were some big losers and winners in this election. She lists some in her column. For selfish reasons, here's my favorite part:
Who was the biggest loser of the 2004 election? It is easy to say Mr. Kerry: he was a poor candidate with a poor campaign. But I do think the biggest loser was the mainstream media, the famous MSM, the initials that became popular in this election cycle. Every time the big networks and big broadsheet national newspapers tried to pull off a bit of pro-liberal mischief--CBS and the fabricated Bush National Guard documents, the New York Times and bombgate, CBS's "60 Minutes" attempting to coordinate the breaking of bombgate on the Sunday before the election--the yeomen of the blogosphere and AM radio and the Internet took them down. It was to me a great historical development in the history of politics in America. It was Agincourt. It was the yeomen of King Harry taking down the French aristocracy with new technology and rough guts. God bless the pajama-clad yeomen of America. Some day, when America is hit again, and lines go down, and media are hard to get, these bloggers and site runners and independent Internetters of all sorts will find a way to file, and get their word out, and it will be part of the saving of our country.
Welcome back, Peggy. You've been missed.

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