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February 28, 2007

Israeli Journalist Says Israel Should Use Blogs To Get Truth Out Past Biased Media

Us folks that frequent the blogosphere and participate in it are well aware of the the mainstream media's disgusting and disgraceful habit of virtually parroting Arab propaganda - often word for word (and vice versa in the case of the Democrat's agenda). Now, Michael Freund of the Jerusalem Post (ht - Jeremayakovka and Debbie Schlussel) is saying that Israel should reach out to its many supporters in cyberspace, and especially in the blogosphere, for help in disseminating the truth and better counter the Arab propaganda machine:

.... [The blogs'] reach is enormous, and their influence is growing rapidly. According to a July 2006 study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 39 percent of US Internet users, or about 57 million American adults, read blogs. This is nearly double the amount of just three years ago.

... Blogs have now become such a vital component of US presidential politics that campaign teams hire people to do "blog outreach." Some have paid and volunteer staffers who monitor blogs and keep track of the pulse and current of public opinion.
Even shady Middle Eastern dictators have come to appreciate, and even fear, the power of blogs. Just last week, in Egypt, Hosni Mubarak's autocratic regime sentenced a blogger to four years in prison for "insulting the president."

... THE FACT IS that blogs are a vibrant source of energetic and independent thinking, often providing readers with a fresh way of looking at things that is unencumbered by bureaucratic blinders or organizational self-interest.

Interestingly related in that Republicans should take heed to what Freund is advising Israel to do:

Confronting The Liberal Blitz - "For a political party whose reputation is one of strength on defense and national security, Republicans show a total unwillingness to engage their Democrat opponents. Given the confusion, misdirection and stalemate that has befallen Iraq, they don't appear all that willing to fight an actual enemy either. This is especially troubling, as their Democrat counterparts have absolutely no intention of fighting anything but Republicans.

... The first demon that Republicans need to slay is the media. For too long, they have been sacrificing their own to the media dragon, in hopes it will spare them bad press. The new media, to include the Blogosphere, talk radio and political websites, has had an impact on the media monopoly. Declining circulation and failing publications is corroborating testimony. This new media can only serve as a trusty steed however; it is up to Republican legislators to don the shiny armor."



Posted by Richard at February 28, 2007 12:53 PM





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