I missed this a couple of days ago when it first appeared, but Simon Jeffery wrote a balanced look at blogs earlier this week at the Guardian (UK). Simon was kind enough to mention me and CQ after we traded e-mail last week — and after we both took shots at each other on our blogs. Simon turns out to be a rather nice guy and an interesting correspondent, and his article presents a fair introduction to those who may not be very familiar with the blogosphere.
Simon has this to say about my analysis of blogging:
Edward Morrissey, who runs the pro-Bush Captain’s Quarters – by no means the largest – is now logging 840,000 visits a month (up from 30,000 in January) to his daily Democrat-bashing.
Recent entries include the latest theft or defacement of a Bush campaign sign and the lyrics of a satirical song about John Kerry, Mekong Delta Blues, written by contacts in Minneapolis: “When I was first elected / My daddy told me son, / You gotta raise their taxes / And take away their guns.”
Mr Morrissey argues that the lack of a British-style national press in the United States catering for readers across the political spectrum creates a natural audience for blogs.
He said: “American voters live primarily in cities and suburbs with easy access to only one print newspaper. They get only one point of view.”
Daily Democrat-bashing? Hey, that’s a fair analysis of what I’ve written here, although it may be a bit jarring to see it expressed that way. After all, I’m dedicated to truth, justice, and the Blogosphere Way. (Y’all can stop laughing now.) Simon also includes input from Markos Moulitsas at the Daily Kos for good balance. In fact, the only quibble I have with the entire article is Simon’s description of Andrew Sullivan as relatively non-partisan. Sullivan’s been partisan all along; he just switched sides, that’s all.
Give the entire article a read. In fact, even though I usually strongly disagree with the Guardian, it presents well-written articles and make no secret of their political viewpoint, two qualities which lift them above most American dailies. It should be on your daily review list, at least.