Bush Loves the Internets: “A revolution in newsgathering and dissemination”

Over at Power Line, John Hinderaker blogs excerpts from Bill Sammon’s Strategery, first shown by Drudge. Sounds as though W. really gets it.

He refers to “a revolution in newsgathering and dissemination.”

“I find it interesting that the old way of gathering the news is slowly but surely losing market share…I think what’s healthy is that there’s no monopoly on the news,? Bush said. “There’s competition. There’s competition for the attention of, you know, 290 million people, or whatever it is.

“And the amazing thing about this world we live in is that there’s a kind of free-flowing, kind of bulletin board of ideas and thoughts out there in the ether space, sometimes landing on somebody’s desk and sometimes not, but always available. It’s a very interesting period.?

Sammon adds this thought from Karl Rove:

“There is so much ugliness and viciousness and fundamental untruths that the blogosphere transmits,? he lamented. “It also is a vehicle for ugly rumors, for scurrilous personal attacks, an avenue for the creation of urban legends which are deeply corrosive of the political system and of people’s faith in it.?

UPDATE: Marty Kaplan’s thoughts (via Beltway Blogroll)

Sure, an abundance of opinion is swell, and the blogosphere breaks the monopoly on megaphones. But the only way to break up a “monopoly on the news” is more journalism, not more propaganda; more independent media companies, not more gigantic media conglomerates; more investigative reporting, not more subpoenaed and jailed reporters and whistleblowers; more government openness, not more official secrecy; more respect for the idea of truth, not more nihilism about the notion of reality.


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