This week's award for Worst Analysis of Political Blogs To Appear In The Mainstream Media goes to Don Davis of the New York Mills Herald, although it is a bit of a stretch to label his paper as part of the mainstream media. Davis advises his readers (all 1158 of them if EVERYONE in New York Mills bothers to read his column) to be careful of blogs:
All blogs are not created equal.
Most are not news and not reliable. They are someone's opinion, often not an informed opinion.
Ah yes, the vaunted "informed opinion." And just who is to decide whose opinion is informed and whose is not? Why, informed media types like Don Davis of course:
Blogs have been common for about five years, with them becoming increasingly popular among political commentators, candidates, parties and journalists. But you must do some research before believing what you read.
As opposed to what you read in an august publication like the New York Mills Herald, which should be unquestionably accepted as the Gospel truth.
The word "Pawlenty" put in a Google blog search the other day produced 15,344 hits. The first two results weren't blogs at all, but Twin Cities news organizations' Web pages.
The third hit was from "Speed Gibson of the International Secret Police." He had this to say about Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty: "Every time I soften a little, and try to think of how much better Tim Pawlenty will govern than would Mike Hatch (?) next term, our Governor does it again. This time, Pawlenty called for a two year Federal moratorium on prescription drug advertising. If his re-election depends on nonsense like this, he has already lost. The unconstitutionality of this proposal is self-evident."
Does anyone really care what Speed thinks about Pawlenty, other than Speed himself?
A much better question would be, does anyone really care what Don Davis thinks about anything, particularly which political blogs people should be reading, other than Don Davis himself?