Letters to the Boston editor, February 1, 2008
I’ve endured an awful lot of nonsense from Steven Stark over the past few months, but when he recently suggested that the surprise New Hampshire primary results prove the Internet has made political reporting worse . . . well, what’s a sensitive reader such as myself to do but rub his eyelids and moan?
Perhaps Stark’s upset that those on the Internet seem to be “interfering” with factory-canned predictions.
Aside from breaking a number of major stories, the Internet has spread political awareness and interest in phenomenally broad strokes. It’s true that in a democratically inclusive system (to which the traditional media do not aspire) there will be much misinformation and misunderstanding. But the Internet also provides far greater access than any other existing medium. Nowhere in the world is there a library so large and comprehensive, or a meeting hall so inclusive. Most of all: it gives voice to all those who have not been employed by the Phoenix.
Bait and switch
Regarding “California Gleaming,” the question must be asked: is Hillary running for president, or is Bill running for a third term? I seem to recall Alabama governor George Wallace pulling the same stunt with his wife.
, Hillary Clinton, George Wallace, John Krogstad Burlington